Terps Rout Boston College

Behind a 38-3 run, the Terps dominated Boston College on Thursday 86-44.

After an unexpected home loss to Virginia Tech last week, the No. 9/10 Maryland Terrapins learned not to take anyone lightly. That included their next opponent, the Boston College Eagles, despite the fact that the Eagles were winless to date in ACC play.

The Terps had a week to re-group from their loss, a game in which they were without leading scorer Alyssa Thomas. Thomas was back tonight - playing with tape on her thumb - and Maryland got back on track with a big 86-44 victory over the Eagles. The Terps now move to 6-3 in ACC play.

“I thought it showed a lot of character from our last game,” Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese said of the win.

The story of the night was the Terrapins' first half. Thomas scored six points in three minutes to give Maryland an early 11-2 lead, but Boston College would quickly come back to make it a 13-10 game at the 15 minute mark.

From there, it was all Maryland.

The Terps would go on an incredible 38-3 run in those 15 minutes, holding Boston College to just one field goal. The run included a spurt where Maryland scored eight unanswered points in just 22 seconds to go up 27-11.

Laurin Mincy was on fire from behind the arc, hitting four of her five three-point attempts in the half. Mincy, Lynetta Kizer, and Brene Moseley combined for 28 of those 38 points in the run.

I would like to credit my post players, they were being double teamed down low and we worked on a little bit of inside-out in practice and we just executed well,” Mincy said of her three-point success.

At one point the lead grew so large that Frese emptied her bench before the half ended, but the Eagles continued to be stifled by Maryland's defense, which Frese credited to good ball pressure, communication, and help side defense by the Terrapins.

At halftime, the Terps held a commanding 51-13 lead, while Boston College was shooting a dismal 13% from the field.

“I thought the first half was by far the most inspired, best effort and intensity that we've given up to date. It's encouraging with three of our best practices leading up to this game today,” said Frese.

The Eagles found more of an offensive rhythm in the second half, including a 12-3 run to open it. Frese was not as happy with her teams' effort, emphasizing the need for her team to play a full 40 minutes.

We were disappointed in the second half,” said Frese. “I thought we had too many lapses in the second half that we've got to improve on, but it's something to build on.”

Despite a less dominant second half, the Terps' offense carried them to an 86-44 win. The 42-point margin of victory was Maryland's largest in an ACC game since a win over Clemson in January of 2008.

By the time all was said and done, every Maryland player had scored and grabbed a rebound, and received at least ten minutes of playing time. The Terps had four players in double figures, led by Mincy and Moseley, who had 16 apiece and who shot a combined 8-for-11 from behind the arc. Lynetta Kizer added 12 points, and Tianna Hawkins grabbed nine rebounds.

I like when we can play our bench and show our depth,” said Frese. Whitney Bays, Essence Townsend, and Sequoia Austin put some really good practices together, so to be able to reward them was encouraging.”

Thomas saw limited minutes in her return, but still scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in just 19 minutes. Thomas said it “just felt good to be back on the court with my team,” but Frese praised how much her return meant, calling her “a critical piece.”

“It was extremely important [to have her back],” added Frese. “You know she's going to go hard every position, defensively, offensively, and the way she's going to rebound the basketball.”

Maryland, who faces a challenging February schedule, will now go on the road for a tough road battle against No. 22/24 Georgia Tech on Monday night. Maryland narrowly beat the Yellow Jackets back in January in a big come from behind victory, and will look to sweep the season series.

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