Terps Ready for Regular Season

The women's basketball team closed out their exhibition season 121-50 win over UDC.

Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese’s preseason promise of a team that will relentlessly run the floor was realized on Sunday, November 7 as the Terps sailed to a 121-50 exhibition victory over the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Firebirds.

The Terps’ newly improved conditioning proved fearsome once again as they tirelessly pressed the Firebirds, forced turnovers and shot clock violations, and took advantage of every possible fast break opportunity. The Terps converted 22 points from fast breaks and 35 points from UDC turnovers.

As a whole, the team shot 61.2% from the floor for 41-67 shooting. Freshman Alyssa Thomas led all scorers with 20 points in 16 minutes of play and again proved to be an unfailing source of energy for the Terps, as was immediately apparent when she scored the first basket of the game within 7 seconds of tip-off.

Junior Lynetta Kizer closely followed Thomas in scoring and proved especially efficient, recording 18 points in just 9 minutes of play.

Freshman Natasha Cloud, who posted just 3 points in the last game, showcased her scoring ability with 17 points, while also maintaining her characteristic explosiveness, leading the team with 3 steals and 4 assists.

Sophomore Dara Taylor and junior Anjale Barrett led the team in assists with 5 apiece.

The 2010-2011 team’s pronounced height advantage again helped the Terps to an unstoppable performance in the paint - the Terps scored 64 points in the paint compared to UDC’s 14. Defensively, Maryland’s size effectively limited UDC’s inside presence, forcing the Firebirds to attempt 29 shots from beyond the arc, only 6 of which went in.

Maryland also out-rebounded UDC 60-32, led by sophomore Tianna Hawkins who posted 12 boards.

Maryland’s unrelenting drives to the basket elicited 33 UDC fouls, and the Terps went 33-51 from the free throw line, shooting 64.7%.

Although both exhibition games were markedly successful for the Terps, Frese sees continual improvement, even since the first exhibition on November 2. “I thought we looked a lot more relaxed and confident tonight,” said Frese. “Our second game we felt like we should be more sharp and crisp and I [think] that showed.”

Having obtained promising reassurance of their skills and validation of their hard work, Frese reports that the Terps feel prepared to officially open the season against Monmouth on November 13. “We’re absolutely ready to see how we stack up and play our competition,” said Frese. “And we’re looking forward to it.”

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