Maryland women’s basketball rebounds with win over neighboring Towson

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Late in the game, Diamond Miller blocked a shot, got the defensive rebound, and then scored on the other end with a sweet up and under to put the game away. 

She was again the star, leading Maryland to an 81-70 win over Towson. 

Miller scored 20 points and added 7 rebounds. 

Faith Masonius followed up her double-double from the last game with another strong performance. She scored 14 points to go with six rebounds and three assists. 

“Faith is a glue player. She does the things that nobody wants to do, and she does it consistently,” Miller said. 

Shyanne Sellers got her second start of the season as shooting guard. She scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds, assisted on five buckets, and had two steals. 

“I thought Shy did a phenomenal job, and as you see, just the head of that press for us defensively. She brought the motor like she does every time. She’s super aggressive and gives us some great energy,” Coach Brenda Frese said. 

Abby Meyers wasn’t quite as efficient as usual on the offensive end. She shot 5 of 13 but still finished with 11 points. She was lively on the defensive end finishing with four steals with six rebounds. 

The game was tight in the early going. Maryland tried to press Towson, but the Tigers were mostly able to break the press and get out on the run. 

Towson scored 10 of their first 16 points on fast breaks. Skye Williams was heavily involved in their offense and led all scorers in the first quarter with 12 points. 

However, the Terps held Williams in check following the quarter. She only scored seven points in the remaining three quarters to finish with a team-high 19 points. She was also careless with the ball at times, turning it over five times. 

Kylie Kornegay-Lucas was also a key player for the Tigers today. She scored 16 points but was inefficient, shooting 6 of 24. 

India Johnston was on fire from long range. She hit five threes in the game and had 17 points. 

Maryland mostly abandoned the full-court press following the first quarter and found success with their half-court defense forcing 16 turnovers in the game. 

Turnovers had been a problem for Maryland in the past, but they only gave the ball away 11 times in this contest. 

Towson packed the paint on the Terrapins. They surrounded any Maryland that touched the ball down low and tried to force them to pass it out. 

However, Maryland was able to negate this by knocking down their shots. They shot 49% from the field in the first half and went 4 of 7 from three-point range, a vast improvement from their last game against DePaul, where they shot poorly. 

Masonius knocked down two threes and scored 10 points in the first half for the Terps. 

Miller started out slow. However, as the shots started to fall for Maryland, space opened up for her to be aggressive and drive the lane. She finished the half with 10 points. 

The first quarter was a tight affair finishing with Maryland holding a slight 20-18 lead. 

Maryland came out firing to start the second quarter and took a 26-18 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the half. 

Towson then responded with a 14-8 run to take the lead 34-32. 

The Terps closed out the half strong on a 7-0 run to regain the lead and take a 39-34 lead into the half. 

Both teams shot the ball fairly well with each at 44% in the half. 

Maryland shot the ball well in the third quarter and maintained their lead. However, the scrappy Tigers managed to hang around and always seemed to respond with a basket every time it looked like Maryland was pulling away.

The Terps again had a strong finish to the quarter and led 57-49 going into the fourth. 

Maryland carried that momentum into the fourth quarter. They shot 58% and held their lead to close out the game. 

They outshot Towson in the second half. The Terps shot 56% compared to 36% for the Tigers. 

“In the second half, I thought defensively we were able to make more stops and be able to execute on the offensive end. I liked the fact that we were able to share the basketball with 18 assists and only 11 turnovers in the game,” Frese said. 

Maryland will close out the Fort Myers Tip-off tomorrow against Pittsburgh.