Lady Terps Suffer First Loss of the Season

The Lady Terps suffered their first loss of the season when they traveled to play Mississippi State.

After finding plenty of success at home early in the season, the Maryland Terrapins women's basketball team faced a whole new challenge when they went on the road to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Leaving the comfortable confines of the Comcast Center turned out to be too tough a test for the young Terrapins squad, as they looked overmatched from the start. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early double-digit lead, and they never looked back.

Maryland only scored only three points in the first five minutes of the game, and they didn't reach double digits until the 9:45 mark, putting them down by 18 points. The first half ended in a 48-25 Mississippi State lead.

Things didn't get any better for the Terps in the second half. The Bulldogs scored the first nine points of the half, opening up a 57-25 lead. From there they coasted to their fourth win of the season, easily dismantling the Maryland, 84-55.

Leading the way for the Terps was Lynetta Kizer, who finished with nine points and 12 rebounds. Jackie Nared and Dara Taylor, each added nine points of their own, and Nared had 10 rebounds. Diandra Tchatchouang added seven points, five rebounds, and two blocks.

For the Bulldogs, senior guard Alexis Rack scored a career-high 43 points to go along with six assists and six rebounds. Mary Kathryn Govero was also in double figures, with 12 points. Chanel Mokango led the team with 10 rebounds.

Maryland's main problems were their poor shooting percentages and turnovers. Maryland shot only 30% from the field, including just 23% from three-point range. On top of that, the Bulldogs' defense forced Maryland into 28 turnovers, a season-high.

Another thing that will have to improve for Maryland is their field goal defense. The Terps allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 44% from the field, including 38% from three-point range.

It was just the first loss of the season for the #20 Terrapins, dropping their record to 3-1 overall. Maryland will get to play their next game at home though, November 24th against Samford.

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