Terps Suffer First Loss of Season

The Terps dropped their first game of the season in Miami 75-63 to the Hurricanes.

Going into tonight's game, both the No. 5 Maryland Terrapins and the No. 11/13 Miami Hurricanes had winning streaks they were trying to protect. Maryland, of course, was undefeated, having won their first 16 games of the season. Miami, on the other hand, had a 33-game home winning streak, and did not want the Terps to come in and end that.

In the end, it was Miami who still had their streak in tact when the clock hit zero. The Hurricanes used a strong second half to hand Maryland their first loss of the year, as the Terps fell, 75-63.

Miami largely rode the back of senior guard Riquana Williams, who poured in a game-high 34 points. Maryland had no answer for Williams, who hit eight of her 14 three-point attempts - including six in the second half.

Williams was hot from the get-go, scoring 15 points in nine minutes to help give the Hurricanes an early 21-10 lead, but the Terps would go on an 11-0 run to get back in the game. Maryland's defense then stepped up as well, holding Miami - a team that averages over 80 points a game - without a field goal for a staggering 10 minutes. A jumper by Anjale Barrett with 14 seconds left in the first half would give the Terrapins a small 27-25 lead going into the locker room.

Maryland opened up the second half with eight points in just a minute and 13 seconds to go up 35-28, but their lead would be short-lived and the game quickly turned into a back-and-forth affair.

The Terps took a one or two point lead on several occasions, but nearly every time they did so the Hurricanes answered with a three-pointer. Never was this more evident than when Williams, having just seen her team go down by two after a lay-up and free throw by Brene Moseley, hit a three-pointer to put her team up one with 5:45 left. 45 seconds later, Williams hit another three that proved to be a dagger, putting Miami up 60-56. Maryland would only unravel from there, eventually losing by 12.

Statistically, it was a vey uncharacteristic game for the Terrapins. It was the first time all season they failed to reach 70 points, and they were far short of the 84.4 points per game that they average. They also average a +18.2 rebounding margin, but were out-rebounded tonight 40-to-48. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, only shot 36.5% from the floor, but made 13-of-28 three pointers, a huge difference compared to Maryland, who only made 2-of-11.

Alyssa Thomas led the Terrapins with 18 points on 50% shooting, but she also accounted for eight of the Terps 19 turnovers. Tianna Hawkins had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Anjale Barrett added 10 points. Noticeably absent on the offensive end for much of the game was Laurin Mincy, who had only six points on the night and did not score until there were less than nine minutes left in the game.

After playing three of their first four ACC games on the road, Maryland will now head home for two games. They will look to get back on track when they host Virginia on Monday night at 8:30.

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