Terps Finish Thanksgiving Tournament 2-0

The Terps beat UMass on Saturday led by strong performances from Thomas and Hawkins.

On Saturday, November 27th, the Maryland women’s basketball team (5-1) claimed the title to the Eighth Annual East Carolina Thanksgiving Tournament with a decisive 82-50 victory over the University of Massachusetts Minutewomen (0-5).

The Terps once again showcased the benefits of their depth, size, and conditioning, as they created damaging mismatches in the paint and almost never failed to exploit second-chance opportunities.

The Terps outscored the Minutewomen in the paint 48-8, outrebounded them 47-25, and scored 22 second-chance points compared to the Minutewomen’s 7.

As a result of the Terps’ superior conditioning and talented bench, they were able to tirelessly exercise both full-court presses and half-court traps against the Minutewomen. The Terps were able to run the floor for 10 fast break points compared to UMass’ 3.

Fueling the Terps’ running game were the seemingly constant substitutions that have become customary for the Terps so far this season, with 9 Terrapins playing for at least 15 minutes and 13 Terps seeing action in the game. The deep Maryland bench outscored UMass’ bench 37-11.

Although both teams had nearly the same number of turnovers - the Terps had 19 and UMass had 20 - the Terps proved better able to capitalize on these opportunities and finish at the basket, outscoring the Minutewomen in points off turnovers 30-13.

Maryland was led in scoring again by their dominant frontcourt, as all four of the Terps’ double-figure scorers were post players. Freshman forward Alyssa Thomas led all scorers with 15 points and sophomore forward Tianna Hawkins proved especially effective, posting 14 points on 7-8 shooting. Junior center Lynetta Kizer and sophomore forward Diandra Tchatchouang were reliable once again for the Terps, posting 11 points apiece.

UMass was led by senior guard Megan Zullo (14 points), who helped to cut the Maryland lead from 20 to 14 coming out of halftime with two back-to-back 3-pointers.

However, the Terps quickly regained a comfortable 20-plus lead following a 3-pointer from freshman guard Laurin Mincy and back-to-back 3-point plays on fast breaks from Tchatchouang and sophomore point guard Dara Taylor.

Mincy also led the Terps’ rebounding advantage by grabbing a season-high 8 rebounds. Thomas and Hawkins also shouldered much of the rebounding load, recording 7 boards each.

The Terps ripped away 9 steals on the night, led by Thomas, Hawkins, and Mincy who all snagged two. These steals were often fed to Taylor, who sprinted up the court and often contributed to the Terps’ fast breaks with crisp passes, amounting to a team-high 5 assists. Taylor was followed closely by Mincy and junior guard Kim Rodgers who each dished 4 assists. The Terps finished the contest with 21 assists as a team.

The Terps improved their field goal percentage since last night’s game against ECU when they shot 46%, shooting 54.1% from the floor against the Minutewomen.

The Terps’ inside presence also forced the Minutewomen, who shot 33.3% from the floor, to resort to taking 22 shots from beyond the arc, sinking only 9.

The Terps play their next contest against the undefeated Purdue Boilermakers on December 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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