Going into Sunday's game, Maryland had won nine straight against Loyola, the latest being an 83-53 trouncing last season. And, though the roster has changed drastically since last season, the Terps' success against the Greyhounds did not change one bit.
Maryland started off the game on a hot streak, making 10 of their first 11 shots, giving them 21 points in just six minutes. In the last 14 minutes of the half, however, the Terps began to look somewhat complacent, scoring only 13 more points.
Loyola was able to stick with the Terps throughout the first half, largely due to Maryland's struggles. The Greyhounds outscored Maryland in the last 14 minutes of the first, making the halftime score just 34-28 in favor of the Terrapins.
I'm disappointed obviously with our game collectively as a team, said head coach Brenda Frese, We kind of had a letdown off our Minnesota game.
The Terrapins played slightly better in the second half, but Loyola was still able to stay competitive in the game. Maryland struggled again on offense, as they took 65 shots from the field, making only 29.
But their defense played just well enough keep Loyola a safe distance away, winning the game 69-56.
When you see this team outmatch a very physical Minnesota team and then to watch us not be as aggressive or as physical in this game was disappointing, said Frese, Our challenge is to get to get this young team to play with a level of consistency.
Tianna Hawkins led the way for the Terps, playing the best game of her young career. Hawkins turned in a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Diandra Tchatchouang also played very well, totaling 20 points and seven rebounds. Lori Bjork led the team in assists with six.
For Loyola, Devon Carey was the only player in double figures with 11 points. Kaitlin Grant led the team with 10 rebounds, and Meredith Tolley added four assists.
The saving grace for the Terps in this game was their height in the post. Maryland dominated down low with their size all game, winning the rebounding battle by 18 and doubling the Greyhound's points in the paint, 36-18.
This was the 44th consecutive home win for the Terrapins, moving their record to 8-1 on the season. The Terps will play their next game at Towson, December 10 at 7:00.