The game featured Terrapin Tianna Hawkins facing off against her twin sister, Tierra Hawkins, a freshman for the Hornets.
It's fun coaching this team, because every day you challenge them with it, they want to please and go after, said Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese. So that's what makes this game kind of satisfying is the fact that previously we might have looked at the score, and tonight we didn't, we just continued to play hard for 40 minutes.
Delaware State never stood a chance in this one, which became clear early on as Maryland jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the game's first seven minutes. Keyanna Tate then made a jumper for the Hornets, but a jumper at the other end by Brene Moseley would spark an 11-0 run over the next four minutes of play.
Maryland's defensive intensity was there from the start, as Delaware State only managed 10 shots for nine points in the first ten minutes, including being forced into a shot clock violation three times.
After the Hornets made a pair of free throws, the Terps scored 14 straight points to extend their lead to 34. Delaware State would only score three points for the rest of the half, while a three pointer by Laurin Mincy and a lay-up at the buzzer by Alicia DeVaughn sent Maryland into the locker room up a commanding 57-14.
After Delaware State opened up the second half with four straight free throws, Alicia DeVaughn scored six consecutive points of her own. Maryland continued its offensive onslaught, using balanced scoring to build a 59-point lead with 10 minutes left in the game.
Right before that, Sequoia Austin - a sophomore who only averages three minutes a game and whose career high in points was just four - checked in. She made the most out of her opportunity for extra minutes, scoring 10 points in a four-and-a-half minute span to help the Terps' lead grow higher and higher.
It was just really exciting to see how my team really supported me when I got in the game; how everyone played and kept their energy and weren't looking at the score but just playing like it was the first 11 minutes. It was really exciting to be a part of that, said Austin.
With 4:22 left Maryland eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second time this season, on a lay-up by Lynetta Kizer. The game ended with Austin beating the buzzer for a last-second lay-up to put the finishing touches on a 108-33 Maryland victory.
I realized [Maryland] was a good team, but I didn't realize how good they were until the kids got on the floor, said Delaware State Head Coach Ed Davis.
It was the Terrapins' most balanced scoring effort of the season, as eight of their nine players scored in double figures. The other, Lynetta Kizer, scored nine, which was higher than anyone on Delaware State. Laurin Mincy led with 15 points, while Tianna Hawkins, Alicia DeVaughn, Anjale Barrett, and Brene Moseley each had 13. Sequoia Austin finished with a career-high 12 points, and Alyssa Thomas and Essence Townsend added 10 apiece.
You can just see what makes this team so special. We had a lot of fun tonight, just the unselfish play, I mean obviously when you can look at the box and see eight players in double figures, said Frese.
Townsend - another Terp who has been used only sparingly this season - also had a career night. Frese said that Whitney Bays and Kimberly Rodgers are nursing injures; so both were unavailable, and said that Kizer saw only 18 minutes because she missed a class. That gave Townsend the opportunity to step up. Besides her career-high 10 points, she added four rebounds and four blocks, impressing her coach.
Essence took advantage of yesterday. One of the best practices she's had all season, and to be able to follow that up, this is what Essence is capable of, said Frese. And for both [Sequoia and Essence], it's nice to be able to see their hard work pay off. I thought both of them were sensational in their confidence and just grew and grew within this game.
Maryland's defense held the Hornets to just 10 field goals for the entire game, as they shot just 19.2% from the field. The Terps, meanwhile, shot 66.2% and had 25 assists.
The Terrapins also dominated on the glass, outrebounding Delaware State 47-to-21. Tianna Hawkins won the battle of the sisters, grabbing nine rebounds to go along with her 13 points. Her sister, Tierra Hawkins, had a rough night, shooting 3-for-17 from the floor for just seven points while adding six rebounds.
The match-up with Tianna and her sister, Tierra, was tremendous to see, said Frese. I'm not surprised; they've been battling together since they've been in the womb. It was a fun experience to be able to bring her sister back home, and for them to have that experience.
It felt really good; we've both been waiting for this moment since the schedules were released, said Hawkins, who guarded Tierra for much of the game and, while smiling, admitted that she takes pride in the fact that she held her sister scoreless from the floor until the second half.
Tierra Hawkins said that she was nervous, and her coach attributed it to her being a freshman and playing her sister in such a big game.
My biggest concern for the night was for Tierra to not get caught up in the hype with her sister, and I talked to her previously. Unfortunately, she did a little, said Davis.
Maryland will now go back on the road and travel to George Mason for a game on Sunday. The Terps will look to build on their big win and unselfish play, as they prepare for their last game until the Terrapin Classic at the end of December.
What I love about this team is their chemistry, you can tell on the court they're having a lot of fun, and they genuinely care about each other. And when you care about each other, good things are going to happen for you, said Frese.