By Chris Tulp
The University of Maryland women’s basketball team put on a show, beating Mount St. Mary’s University 97-57 for the Terps’ sixth straight win.
The Terps returned to the Xfinity Center after playing their last three games on the road.
Maryland opened the game on a 15-0 run before the Mount scored their first basket. The Terps responded and went on a 12-0 run and led 37-6 after the first quarter on 66.7 percent shooting.
“We set the tone early, especially in the first quarter,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “We came out with a really high level of intensity and energy.”
The Mount would go on a 13-0 run in the second quarter, as the Terps only shot 26 percent from the field. They still led by 31,54-23, at halftime.
The Terps had three players in double figure scoring, sophomore guard Kaila Charles leading the way with 14 points.
Sophomore forward Stephanie Jones joined her three teammates in double figure scoring, as she got off to a good start in the third quarter. Redshirt senior guard Ieshia Small also reached double figures, becoming the fifth Terp to do so. By the end of the quarter, all but one player had scored for the Maryland.
After shooting 26 percent in the second quarter, the Terps got back on track, shooting 60 percent in the third.
It was more of the same for the Terps, as they led 75-37 through three quarters. Charles and senior guard Kristin Confroy led the way with 16 apiece.
Shortly into the fourth quarter, redshirt junior Aja Ellison scored, meaning that all eight Terps who were active for the game, scored — Brianna Fraser was out with an ankle injury.
“I think that because we’re such a versatile team, that even without Bri (Fraser), we’re all able to contribute in a way that makes up for her absence,” Jones said. “I think we all did a great job of crashing the boards, rebounding and just playing defense.”
The Terps never looked back in the game after they got out to their 15-0 lead early in the game. They never trailed in the game and had their largest lead of 46 points in the fourth quarter.
In the end, Small led the Terps in scoring with 21.
Small thought that her growth as a player from year-to-year has helped.
“My basketball IQ is 10 times better than last year,” Small said laughing. “The points really don’t matter. What matters to me is that we win.”
The Terps play three more non-conference games before kicking off Big Ten conference play.