Maryland opened their season, well their regular season campaigh with a 93-36 victory over visiting Coppin State. The Terps were led by Taylor Mikesell’s 18 points in this one, three other players scored in double figures as well. Stephanie Jones finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, freshman Shakira Austin had 12 points and 21 rebounds. E’Mya Price led Coppin State with 11 points, Chance Graham had nine points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Maryland dominated the glass as expected, at the half they led 36-18 with 20 of those being on the offensive end. They finished the game with 71 rebounds, 33 on the offensive end. Wasn’t the best of night’s for Kaila Charles from a shooting standpoint (11 points on 4-of-13 shooting), but she still made contributions despite her struggles from the floor. Grabbing seven rebounds and coming up with two steals. Maryland didn’t shoot as good as they wanted, but there was a noticeable difference in how they played. They still ran at every chance they got, but they put up 28 three pointers in this game. It would take two or sometimes three games to take that many threes in past seasons. Just a wrinkle with this year’s team that is worth keeping an eye on, one of the things that may define them in terms of their identity.
There isn’t too much that can be taken from games this early in the season, Maryland showed up and took care of business handily. Despite the outcome, there are still a few areas in which the can improve, especially with what’s coming up on the schedule. They face Dayton on Sunday, travel to George Washington for a local bout and then down to South Carolina on the 18th.
Defense: Solid at times, disjointed at others. Have the capability to play good man to man defense and zone, liked some of their traps when the big was up top because it caused deflections. They did surrender 13 offensive rebounds, something that has to be better controlled as the quality of opponent increases.
Turnovers: There were times when the play didn’t result in a turnover, but the offense was just a bit sloppy. Sets weren’t super sharp or crisp, as expected in the first regular season game. Other times it was just from players trying to overpass or decide before hand that they were going to make a play for a teammate.
Mikesell: Confident and assertive, both things that the Terps will need as the year goes on. She took 11 shots in the first half, knocking down five of them. She continued to be confident in the second half, finishing the game with 14 attempts and 10 of which came from beyond the arc.
Austin: She made her presence felt on the glass, has a bit of a mean streak which is a good thing. Especially until she puts more muscle on, she was active on both the offensive and defensive glass. She patrolled the paint and came up with seven blocks, most importantly she has the lateral ability to switch on the defensive end at times.
Lewis: Definitely in more control of the offense, made sure the ball moved even if it didn’t directly result in a an assist. She didn’t register a single turnover in the first half. She finished the game with eight points and three assists, most importantly she didn’t turn the ball over once. She was also a bit more assertive in transition, keeping the ball herself and getting to the rim.