Maryland responded to an extremely close game on the road against James Madison with the type of performance you expect from a program of it’s caliber. The Terrapins demolished the visiting Delaware Blue Hens 99-55, setting the tone from the opening tip that there would be no carryover from last game.
Taylor Mikesell led all scorers with 23 points, she was one of five Maryland players that scored in double figures. All nine players that got into the game for the Terps scored at least six points.
The Blue Hens were led by Tee Johnson’s 15 points, Jasmine Dickey chipped in with 14 points. Turnovers doomed Delaware for much of Sunday afternoon.
Defense was the key to this one, Maryland forced 17 turnovers in the first half which led to 27 points. The last thing anyone that plays Maryland wants to do is allow them to get out and run, that’s exactly what happened.
It also felt like a bit of a philosophical change for the Terps as well, not in terms of scheme though. This was the first gam where it seemed Austin was a focal point of the offense, at least in the sense that she was going to get multiple touches a possession. A perfect play to describe this change happened in the first half, Kaila Charles attacked the basket after getting a step on her defender. She was already in the air and instead of trying to finish at the rim, she dumped the ball off to Austin for the even easier two points.
It was clearly a good play, but it seems Maryland is showing what this team’s identity may be shifted towards going forward. Letting their special point guard and center be the focal points and for everyone to find their way off of that.
Owusu had several moments in this game proving what Frese said back on Media Day, “she plays with the poise of a Junior or Senior” and that’s been very clear through the first three games this season.
All in all it was a balanced effort from the Terrapins, they’ll host George Washington on Wednesday in College Park.