Maryland women’s basketball stays red hot, sails by Towson, 97-63

Photo by Sam Mahler.
Photo by Sam Mahler.

The No. 4 Maryland women’s basketball team continued its winning ways Tuesday night with a 97-63 victory over the Towson Tigers, improving to an undefeated 9-0 to begin the season.

The Terps felt little resistance from the Tigers throughout the game, using a blend of speed and size to dominate the matchup.

Maryland never looked back after an opening layup by senior center Brionna Jones (19 points), ending the first quarter with a 22-10 lead. Jones’ presence inside didn’t let up in the second quarter, as she scored the Terps’ first 10 points to extend the lead t0 34-14.

The play of the game occurred early in the second quarter when freshman guard Destiny Slocum deflected an inbounds pass at half-court, hustled down the court to save the ball from going out of bounds and flipped it to Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (19 points) for the and-one. Maryland used the momentum from the play to go on a 16-4 run, eventually ending the half up 56-29.

It was more of the same in the second half, as Maryland’s defense forced one turnover after another, producing multiple transition opportunities for its up-tempo offense, resulting in a 76-44 lead for the Terps after three quarters.

With the team well positioned for a win, coach Brenda Frese played her reserves for the remainder of the game, which allowed for encouraging performances from freshmen Jenna Staiti and Blair Watson.

The Terps will look to keep their undefeated season alive on Thursday night, as they play host to the Saint Peter’s Peacocks at 6:30 p.m.

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