The fourth ranked University of Maryland women’s basketball team scored early, often and with ease en route to a 101-49 shellacking of the Saint Peter’s University Peacocks.
Maryland fed the ball to Brionna Jones all night, as the six-foot-three-inch center connected on 14 of 16 shots, good for a career high 30 points. The senior added four rebounds, four steals and one assist.
“I think it was just taking what was given to me, and then my teammates finding me when I was open and working hard on every possession,” Jones said.
She kept looking over her shoulder for a double team, but it rarely came.
“I just took advantage of that tonight,”she said.
Jones’ dominant performance in the post eased pressure on the guards.
“For me it’s just racking up my assists. I mean it’s great,” redshirt junior guard Ieshia Small said. “It’s a situation where… as guards we don’t have to force anything up. We know we can always look inside for her and depend on her to finish the play.”
Four Terps put up double figures, as Maryland got 44 points from its bench, compared to just 18 for Saint Peter’s.
“Our depth continues to come in and … maintain and then expand the lead,” Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese said. “I thought we did that tonight. It’s been something that we’ve really stressed.”
Brianna Fraser and Kiah Gillespie lead the Terps from the bench, going for 13 and 10 points respectively.
“I’ve been more focused on bringing more energy of the bench and helping my team,” Fraser said. “I just try to follow [Brionna Jones’] lead because she’s a senior leader and I just want to be like [her].”
On Saint Peter’s first possession of the night, Terps guard Kaila Charles came up with a steal and fed Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (16 points, two rebounds, two assists) who converted a layup on the fast break – Walker-Kimbrough’s quickness caused the Peacocks’ defense fits, as she repeatedly got into the lane and to the rim with ease.
Maryland played a suffocating brand of defense all night compiling 19 steals and three blocks, forcing 28 Saint Peter’s turnovers.
Frese’s squad shot 58.3 percent from the field, while holding the Peacocks to 41.3 percent shooting.
The Terps took full advantage of their size, dominating the rebounding battle with 33 rebounds (13 offensive), compared to 23 for Saint Peter’s.
Throughout the night Maryland dominated offensively, defensively and everywhere in between, a momentum building win for the Terps.