Thomas Leads Terps Over Wolfpack

Sophomore Alyssa Thomas led the Terps with 24 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.

Going into halftime, Alyssa Thomas was having a tough day offensively. After making just one of her six shot attempts in the first half, she had just two points. To make matters worse, the Terps held just a five-point lead on the NC State Wolfpack, despite opening up the game on a 15-1 run.

But as NC State learned, it is very difficult to keep Alyssa Thomas down for an entire game. The sophomore erupted for 22 points and 11 rebounds in the second half, to finish with 24 and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead her team over NC State in the Terps' season finale, 65-50. Thomas also added four blocks and three steals.

While the Terps ended up winning by a margin of 15, most of the game was a much closer battle. The Wolfpack stormed back from a 10-point deficit in the second half to cut Maryland's lead to three with 12:46 left, but Thomas scored eight straight points for Maryland to extend the lead. Kim Rodgers then hit a free throw and a three-pointer to put the Terps up 11 with under eight minutes to play, and the Wolfpack would not get closer than within eight the rest of the way.

The Terps had an uncharacteristically bad day shooting, making just 34% of their shots. However, after only out-rebounding the Wolfpack by two in the first half, Maryland dominated the boards in the second, grabbing 29 rebounds to NC State's 12. NC State's 50 points marked just the second time the Terrapins have held an ACC opponent to 50 or fewer points this season.

Laurin Mincy was the only other Terp in double figures, finishing with 12 points, while Tianna Hawkins and Lynetta Kizer both had eight rebounds.

The win gives Maryland a final regular season record of 24-5, 12-4 in the ACC, and they will receive the No. 3 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. The Terps will receive a first-round bye in the tournament, and will play in the quarterfinals on Friday night at 8 p.m.

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