Terps Top Towson to Go 3-0

The Terps improved to 3-0 after dominating Towson 82-46.

On a night highlighted by Maryland's guard play, Brene Moseley scored the most points by a Maryland freshman since Kristi Toliver in 2006 as the Terrapins dominated the Towson Tigers, 82-46.

On the first possession of the game, Towson player Nyree Williams lost one of her sneakers. She looked at one of the referees for help, who just raised her shoulders to indicate that she couldn't do anything about it. So Williams kept playing, only to commit an offensive foul seconds later.

It was that kind of a night for Towson, who found themselves the victims of the Terps best shooting night so far.

“Maryland played fantastic. They were terrific tonight, they shot the ball extremely well,” said Towson Head Coach Joe Mathews. “If they shoot like they did tonight they're a tough out. Credit to Brenda and her team.”

The game started out close, with each team matching baskets to arrive at a 7-7 tie six minutes in. Maryland made a few bad passes early, and it looked like the Tigers might be able to stay with them for a while. But the Terrapins offense was just getting warmed up.

Brene Moseley and Laurin Mincy hit back-to-back three pointers for the Terps, opening up a 14-4 run. Then with 9:46 left Maryland went up 25-15 on a jumper by Whitney Bays, and the Terps never looked back, outscoring the Tigers 24-8 the rest of the way to go up 49-23 at halftime.

Moseley, who scored 15 points and hit three three-pointers in the half, led the charge. Mincy had 11 points, including two threes, as Maryland as a team made 6-of-9 from behind the arc and shot 61.3% from the floor in the half.

The Terps hot three-point shooting cooled off in the second half, but they used short jumpers and lay-ups in the paint to maintain their offensive firepower and open up the half with an 18-5 run.

Maryland reached 70 points on a three by Barrett with 11:02 to play before the Terps constant offense finally let up, allowing the Tigers to match them the rest of the way before winning 82-46.

The Terrapins' defense remained strong tonight, holding the Tigers to 27.3% shooting from the floor for the game. Maryland also registered 12 blocks, led by DeVaughn, who had four, and Bays and Essence Townsend, who had three each.

Freshman Brene Moseley finished with a game-high 26 points, five rebounds, and four assists in just her third collegiate game.

"I was just taking what they were giving me,” said Moseley. “That's mainly it. They left me open, so I guess I just had the opportunity to knock it down. It feels good, but we need to go back tomorrow. I've got a lot to improve on, so I'm looking forward to that."

“For a freshman to come in with that kind of poise and confidence it just makes us better as a team and that's what we have to have,” Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese added.

The Terps also received solid contributions from several other players. Laurin Mincy had 15 points and four assists, Alyssa Thomas chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Anjale Barrett added 11 points and 6 assists.

I like the fact that we were able to showcase our outside game tonight with our guard play,” said Frese. “I thought we clicked well on the perimeter tonight that we have to be able to have. This team can be very dangerous if we're able to put all these pieces together and have an inside and outside game."

For the game, Maryland out-rebounded Towson 48-30, led by Bays and DeVaughn, who had 10 apiece.

I thought we did a tremendous job being unselfish and just moving the basketball and obviously stepping up and making big shots,” said Frese. “It was just a tremendous overall win tonight and I thought we did a terrific job."

One thing Frese was not pleased with was her team's 18 turnovers, though she believes there is time to fix that.

“We had too many turnovers, so it's an area we need to continue to improve at because some of the turnovers are on us and we have to clean up in terms of what we're doing,” she said. “Luckily, we have plenty more games to do that."

Maryland will get their next chance on Saturday night when they travel to UMBC for their first road game.

“Now we need to get ourselves prepared for a new dynamic, which is going on the road for the first time, but I like being 3-0 and to be able to go on the road and challenge this team to a new environment,” Frese said.

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