Following a double-digit loss on the road, the Maryland Terrapins hosted the Penn State Lady Lions on Sunday afternoon. They got off to a good start before relinquishing the lead and reasserting themselves late in the fourth quarter. Senior Brianna Fraser played a big role, scoring 13 points all of which were very timely. The Terps were led by freshman Taylor Mikesell who hit five of nine shots from beyond the arc en route to 23 points. Junior Kaila Charles imposed her will in the second half, nearly missing a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Lady Lions were led by Teniya Page, she hit her season average of 20 points and they also got a huge game from center Lauren Ebo with seven points and nine rebounds.
Page didn’t start the game due to violating a team rule, she entered with just 3:30 left in the first quarter. As expected, the game started to change a bit. Maryland jumped out to a 21-8 lead, but the Lady Lions dominated the second quarter, after shooting just 18% from the floor in the first, they connected on a blistering 62% of their shots as they were able to take a lead late in the half. A basket from Charles allowed Maryland to even things at 35 at the break.
The second half is where Maryland started to create separation. It started by going inside to their post players. Fraser was able to score on the low block and it put Penn State in a bind. Leave a shooter to provide help and you’re possibly giving up a three or opening driving lanes for Charles. The big lineups( with Austin and Fraser) played a big part in the second half run. Mikesell’s ability and willingness to shoot the long ball really opens things up for Charles in transition and Kaila took advantage of it. She got downhill early and often in the second half as Maryland started to pull away. It was a good performance from the Terrapins. They showed some maturity in how they dealt with the Penn State run, specifically how they responded to it.
Up next, Maryland hits the road to take on Ohio State and Indiana.Notes
Charles. Kaila continues to grow, her ability to attack off the bounce in both the halfcourt and transition is growing. She has several different ways to finish now, including euro-steps and change of pace. It was also great to see her in full attack mode when it was needed most. She took eight free throws, knocking all but one down. With the sharpshooters outside in Mikesell and Watson, Charles can pick her spots and literally take over in stretches. It was a welcoming sight.
Page. She’s just a bucket, there’s not another way to say it. Taniya can create space anytime, anywhere, on anybody. She wasted no time showing why she’s one of the conferences best scorers once entering the game.
Austin. She’s barely scratching the surface, but Shakira recorded her seventh double-double of the year with a 13 point, 10 rebound performance. Throw in the three blocks and two steals and it’s clear to see why she’s so important for this team this season.
Watson. She didn’t shoot it well, but her impact was certainly felt on the defensive end. During that run to put things outta reach in the fourth quarter, Blair was the primary defender on Page. She did a great job of getting around or through screens and contesting without fouling. There was a sequence in where she dove on the ground without thinking. It looks like she’s not thinking about her knee, which is a great thing for her and her team.