No. 5 Maryland women rout Delaware to improve to 11-0
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Shakira Austin had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Kaila Charles added 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 5 Maryland beat Delaware 77-53 on Thursday to improve to 11-0.
Stephanie Jones and Taylor Mikesell each had 15 points for the Terrapins, with Mikesell hitting five 3-pointers.
Makeda Nicholas had 12 points for Delaware (4-7) before leaving with an injury with 7:28 to play. The Blue Hens are 0-13 against the Terrapins.
Maryland had a 16-2 run to take a 24-10 lead with 7:29 left in the second quarter. The Blue Hens cut it to 27-21 with 2:56 remaining in the first half, but never got closer. They trailed 56-41 at the end of the third quarter.
Both teams struggled from the 3-point line, combining to miss 17 shots until Mikesell hit one with 2:06 left in the first half.
Due to final exams and the holidays, Maryland had been off since Dec. 10, and won’t play again for another eight days.
Maryland: Finished undefeated in conference play and began the season with 11 straight wins for the second time in three seasons. Two years ago, the Terrapins opened 12-0.
Delaware: Hadn’t hosted a ranked opponent since March 26, 2013, when it beat No. 13 North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
Maryland: Opens Big Ten play at Penn State on Dec. 28
Delaware: Hosts Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 28