By: Nolan DeMott
The Maryland Terrapins, in the final game of their brief home stand, took on the Saint Peter’s Peacocks. The Terrapins, coming off a win on Tuesday night against Towson, were looking to maintain their perfect record and did so with a 101-49 win over the visiting Peacocks. After the game, Coach Brenda Frese broke down the young members of the team who were getting the job done.
“I thought our sophomores: [Brianna Fraser] and [Kiah Gillespie] did a phenomenal job [and really gave] us a great push,” Frese said. “I thought our bench depth played with a lot of energy.”
The Terps got off to a relatively slow start all around, shooting 3-9 on their first nine attempts of the first quarter and playing uninspired defense for much of the first quarter. Coach Frese commented on the slow start.
“I thought we started slow defensively; we looked sluggish from the games and practice that we had,” Frese said.”
Because of the slow start, the Terps only had a four-point lead going into the second.
But the second quarter was a much different story. Maryland began to dominate the game due to, as Frese explained it, as her team’s willingness to be “unselfish.” Another reason for this turnaround was the overpowering inside play of Brionna Jones. In the games against most of the smaller teams, Jones has generally received a lot of attention, but tonight she did not have to put up with a lot of the double teams she had ben accustomed to. After the game, Jones commented on her surprise with feeling less restricted in the paint.
“I was definitely surprised that there wasn’t a double team coming because [during] the first couple of possessions, I was catching it, looking over my shoulder, and waiting for [the double team],” Jones said. “But I think I took advantage of that tonight.”
The second quarter ended up being Maryland’s most impressive quarter of the night, as they outscored the Peacocks by 22 points to lead comfortably at halftime, 51-25.
In the second half, Jones’ relentless domination continued as she made scored a quick seven points before being subbed out with just under four minutes remaining in the quarter. In total, Jones finished with a career high 30 points on 14-16 shooting in just twenty minutes of action, and the Terps went on to considerably lengthen their lead even further to win by 52 points and score over 100 for the fourth time this season.
With the win, the Terps are now 10-0 and will face off against Loyola in their next game this coming Monday. Maryland’s next home contest is a big one on December 29th against UConn.