Maryland wrapped up a three game home stand with a dominating win over Quinnipiac, 101-52. The Bobcats scored the first three points of the game before Maryland went on a 15-0 run to take control of the game. It would be the visitors one and only lead of the day. The initial offensive punch was thrown by the combo of Shakira Austin and Ashley Owusu. Kaila Charles got going and Stephanie Jones hit a personal milestone as she eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for her career.
Six players scored in double figures for the Terps including Austin, Charles, Taylor Mikesell, Owusu, Diamond Miller, and Sara Vujavic. Owusu led all scorers with 19 and Miller had 17 points. All of Austin’s 16 points came in the first half, she also had seven rebounds, three assists, and 3 steals.
Cur’Tiera Haywood led Quinnipiac with nine points, four other players scored at least seven points for the Bobcats.
The Terrapins were extremely locked in on the defensive end for most of the game, the worse quarter being the second period in which the Bobcats found some success. Quinnipiac scored 17 points that quarter and shot 43% from the floor, which isn’t exactly horrible by any standard. Still it was something that bothered Coach Frese as she was trying to bet her team to maintain ther defensive intensity as the first half came to a close.
Clearly the halftime message was well received as Maryland came out and improved on their suffocating defense from the first quarter and nearly pitched a shutout in the third. The Terps held their opponents to just 17% shooting in the first quarter and 12% shooting. That wasn’t all, Maryland also forced 12 turnovers that quarter.
Up next, the Terrapins head to the Daytona Beach Invitational where they’ll face Clemson and Belmont. Then they’ll face North Carolina State on the road to open December.
Owusu: The freshman floor general continues to get comfortable with each passing game, she had six assists to two turnovers in her 28 minutes of play. In this contest she really showed off her ability to get a bucket in one-on-one situations, that really adds to Maryland’s offense. She also does a good job of using her size and athleticism to hit the glass on both ends.
Charles: This iteration of Maryland is allowing her to really show off the many ways she can impact a game. As the philosophy has been changed more towards the special talents at point guard and center, the Senior wing has started to get comfortable by doing whatever the team needs. In this one she had 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Vujavic: She’s the ultimate utility option for Maryland and she plays within herself. That’s the biggest key of what she brings to the table, she knows herself well as a player. Sara does the little things that don’t always make the boxscore, but her 11 points were welcome. She also had two steals and three assists.
Defense: Maryland is continuing to grow in their new defensive scheme, the first and third quarters were a clinic on that end of the floor. The one area they have to improve in is rebounding, due to the switching it puts the onus on the guards and wings hitting the glass more than in past years. Today they did a good job of it, but there they still gave up 13 offensive rebounds to a team that was smaller than them. Definitely the one area on their defense that needs to improve going forward.