Terps' Frontcourt Dominates Against Hornets

Thomas led with 17 points and Kizer recorded a double-double in the Terps' win against the Hornets.

On Sunday, December 19, the Maryland women’s basketball team overcame a shaky start to improve to a record of 10-1 with a 79-49 victory over the Delaware State Hornets (1-7).

In their first game since December 10 the Terps trailed the Hornets 21-22 with 6:09 left in the first half, as the Hornets’ Crystal Pitt sank a 3-pointer.

However, the Terps soon found their rhythm and were able to extend a solid lead, going on a 10-0 run in the last 2:14 to finish the second half up 34-25.

Freshman stand out Alyssa Thomas, who had an uncharacteristically slow start, posting just 3 points in the first 18 minutes of play, came alive for the Terps at the end of the first half. Thomas grabbed a steal and fast break layup to reignite the Terps’ running game, made a jump shot, and connected on a free throw for 5 points in just under two minutes.

Thomas finished the night with 17 points to lead all scorers, making this the ninth time she has scored in double-digits this season.

The Terps continued their scoring streak as they began the second half, going on an explosive 19-2 run in the first nine minutes. In addition to Thomas, junior center Lynetta Kizer (16 points), sophomore forward Tianna Hawkins (15 points), and freshman center Alicia DeVaughn (13 points), also scored in double-digits.

The powerful, physically imposing Terrapin frontcourt outscored the Hornets 50-14 in the paint, and proved their toughness in what amounted to a very physical game. In both halves, the Hornets quickly ratcheted up fouls, and both teams entered the bonus round in each half. As a result of the Hornets’ 23 team fouls, the Terps were able to earn 34 free throw attempts. Led by DeVaughn, who appeared at the free throw line the most for the Terps and shot 7-11, the Terps gained 21 points from free throws on 61.8% shooting, while the Hornets earned just 12.

The Terps’ dominant post presence also aided them in outrebounding the Hornets 44-28, led by Kizer who recorded 10 boards for a double-double. Thomas and DeVaughn each grabbed 7, while no Delaware State player seized more than 6.

Kizer further solidified the Terps’ irrepressible height advantage by recording a season-high 4 blocks.

The Terps continued to distribute the basketball as they dished 19 assists, making for a relentlessly balanced offense. Sophomore Dara Taylor led the team with 5, while junior Anjale Barrett and freshman Natasha Cloud each distributed 3. The Hornets combined for just 8.

The Terps (10-1) will return home to Comcast Center to host the Terrapin Classic on Tuesday, December 28 and Wednesday, December 29. In Tuesday’s match-up the Terps will take on La Salle at 12:00 p.m. and on Wednesday the Terps will play the winner of the Liberty/St. John’s contest at 11:30 a.m.

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