Terps Garner Fourth-Straight Road Win

The Terps improved to 8-1 against Loyola led by Lynetta Kizer with 21 points.

For the first few minutes of the Terps’ 79-61 victory over the Loyola University Greyhounds on Tuesday night, it seemed as though the Maryland women’s basketball team was destined for a similarly lethargic first half performance to that of their last game against Appalachian State, in which they emerged at the half leading by just one point.

Early in the first half the Terps (8-1) allowed the Greyhounds (2-6) easy jumpers and multiple trips to the foul line, propelling the Greyhounds to a 16-11 lead.

The Terps suffered from committing early turnovers just as they did against Appalachian State, surrendering the basketball six times in the first nine minutes, while the Greyhounds did so only once.

However, the Terps squad without freshman starter and second-leading scorer Alyssa Thomas, who stayed on the bench due to receiving stitches on her knee last game, soon found strength in their veteran leading scorer and rebounder, junior Lynetta Kizer.

As soon as Kizer scored her first points of the night, splitting the defense and driving full-force to the basket for an easy lay-up, the tempo for the Terps’ offense had been set. Kizer followed with another lay-up to cut the Loyola lead to three points, and junior Kim Rodgers buried back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Terps what would become a permanent lead, 19-16.

Kizer, whose night comprised of powerful drives to the basket, turnaround jumpers, free throw line jumpers, and even a 3-pointer, totaled a season-high 21 points on nearly unstoppable 9-10 shooting.

Led by Kizer, the Terps ended the first half with a decisive 32-7 run, effectively distancing themselves from last game’s vulnerable one-point halftime lead.

As a whole, the team found similar consistency to Kizer’s shooting, going 53.3% from the floor and 50% from the 3-point line.

The Greyhounds shot just 32.8% from the floor and struggled from beyond the arc, connecting on just 26.7% of their 3-point attempts.

The Terps’ conversion to a zone defense greatly aided the effort to contest perimeter shots from the Greyhounds while also limiting penetration.

Despite committing more turnovers than the Greyhounds, the Terps regularly hustled back on defense and disrupted many of Loyola’s opportunities for fast breaks, and therefore limited much of the damage of their turnovers.

Junior guard Anjale Barrett ran the floor especially well and recorded the most minutes out of the three point guards. She also recorded a season-high and team-high 8 assists and 3 steals.

Sophomore forward Tianna Hawkins led the Terps’ characteristic dominance on the glass with her first double-double of the season, recording 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Terps, who are currently No. 2 in the country in rebounding margin (+18.1), outrebounded the Greyhounds 51-26 and outscored them in the paint 48-16.

The Terps return home to Comcast Center to play UMBC on Friday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m.

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