Thomas, No. 8 Maryland women rout Towson 90-53
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — By the time Maryland started to exert its superior depth on an overmatched in-state rival, Alyssa Thomas was well on her way to her fourth straight double-double.
When Maryland had finished its rout of Towson, four other Terrapins had joined Thomas in the double-digit scoring column, adding balance to a lopsided victory.
Thomas finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland used a late run in the first half to pull away for a 90-53 victory over the Tigers on Saturday night.
“Once we started getting out in transition, they started breaking down defensively,” said Thomas. “We just kept attacking them and fed off of that.”
Lauren Mincey and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 14 points each for Maryland (4-1), which has won two straight. The Terrapins improved to 14-5 all-time against the Tigers (1-4). Brene Mosely had 11 points and Brionna Jones 10 for Maryland.
Tanisha McTiller led Towson with a season-high 25 points. Dominique Johnson added 11 points for the Tigers, who have lost two in a row.
“Maryland made a good adjustment,” said Towson coach Niki Reid Geckeler, whose team hung with the Terrapins for the first 14 minutes. “They went to zone and we had a difficult time scoring against that zone during that eight-minute spurt. We know we can go back to our drawing board and we know we have a couple of things to work on as it relates to that.”
Thomas had five points during the decisive 12-0 run late in the first half that blew the game open. Maryland’s bench outscored Towson’s reserves 56-7.
“It’s the difference for our team this year, to have everybody healthy and really be able to send waves,” said Maryland coach Brenda Frese. “I think you saw that separation late in the first half and then in the second half, where we can wear teams down with the talent that we have on our roster.”
Early on, however, it was Towson that dictated the pace and made it difficult for Maryland to get any offensive traction.
The Tigers frustrated the Terrapins with a zone defense, and Towson was content to patiently work the ball on offense, draining the 30-second clock in search of high-percentage shots.
Two free throws by Dominique Johnson pulled Towson within 22-21 with 6:46 remaining in the first half before the Terrapins turned up the pressure over a decisive three-minute stretch. With Tigers forwards LaTorri Hines-Williams and Nyree Miller on the bench in foul trouble, Maryland took full advantage.
Jones knocked down two foul shots, Thomas converted a steal into a three-point play and then followed with a transition layup for a 29-21 edge. Jones’ three-point play and two free throws by Mincey extended the lead to 13.
Johnson’s 3 from the left wing ended the burst, but the damage was done.