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No. 8 Terrapins overwhelm Saints

No. 8 Terrapins overwhelm Saints

Brenda Frese has lectured her Maryland team about getting everyone involved. On Monday night, Alyssa

Brenda Frese has lectured her Maryland team about getting everyone involved. On Monday night, Alyssa Thomas made her coach look like a genius.

Thomas had 12 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for her third career triple-double as the eighth-ranked Terrapins cruised to a 105-49 victory over Siena.

Laurin Mincy scored 21 points and Brene Moseley added 13 — season highs for both — as six Maryland players scored in double figures in the Terps’ eighth straight victory and their most lopsided win of the season.

“I want to frame this box score,” Frese said. “It was just close to a perfect game for us, in terms of just really locking in on both ends of the floor and never really playing the score, but playing for Maryland basketball, playing to get better.”

Maryland had its highest scoring output of the season, and reached the 100-point mark for the second time in four games to begin a five-game homestand.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 13 points, and Lexie Brown and Katie Rutan each scored 10.

Helped by Thomas, a forward playing as a distributor, the Terps had 30 assists while shooting 60 percent (39-for-65) from the floor and, 67 percent (10-for-15) from three-point range.

“The whole night they were just knocking down shots,” Thomas said of her teammates. “So it made it easy.”

Brianna Logan scored 12 for the Saints (4-4), who kept it close for most of the first half before wearing down after the break.

Siena had not previously allowed more than 70 points in a game this season, and entered leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in limiting opponents to around 62 points per game, a mark Maryland reached with 14:20 remaining.

Logan, a freshman, chose to see the positive.

“It definitely challenged us a lot, and could help us in when we win the MAAC and make it to the NCAAs and have to face a team like that,” she said. “It prepares us for the future.”

Thomas’ third triple-double was just the fourth in program history, the other belonging to Marissa Coleman, now a five-year WNBA veteran.

Her fast-break feed to Rutan capped a game-opening 16-2 run, before Maryland withstood the Saints’ 10-2 run capped by Logan’s three-pointer from the left wing to cut it to 22-17.

Later, Clara Sole Anglada twice cut Siena’s deficit to nine with threes, the latter making it 32-23. But Maryland responded with a 24-3 run that stretched into the second half.

Walker-Kimbrough’s inside basket off Lexie Brown’s feed made it 48-26 at halftime, and Thomas hit a turnaround jumper on a putback that made it 56-26.

“I thought Alyssa got really aggressive on the glass” after halftime, Frese said. “We made a definite effort, I thought our guards and our bigs made a big difference for us.

Siena’s Meghan Donahue finally answered with an inside basket on the Saints’ next possession, ending a stretch of 9:47 without a field goal.

But Maryland kept pouring it on, stretching the lead beyond 50 when Walker-Kimbrough’s jumper made it 89-38.

SIENA (49)

Anglada 2-7 0-0 6, Donohue 1-2 4-4 6, Stewart 0-3 0-0 0, Cummings 1-4 3-4 5, Coles 1-6 0-0 2, Krogh 0-4 1-2 1, Logan 3-10 4-6 12, Willingham 0-2 1-2 1, Mullings 1-6 1-2 3, Kelly 2-2 0-0 4, Booth 3-4 0-0 9. Totals 14-50 14-20 49.

MARYLAND (105)

DeVaughn 2-5 5-5 9, Thomas 6-11 0-0 12, Howard 2-4 2-3 6, Brown 4-8 1-2 10, Rutan 4-5 1-1 10, Austin 1-1 0-0 3, Mincy 7-11 3-3 21, Moseley 4-4 3-4 13, Townsend 0-1 0-0 0, Pfirman 2-5 0-0 4, Walker-Kimbrough 5-8 2-2 13, Jones 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 39-65 17-20 105.

Halftime—Maryland, 48-26. 3-Point Goals—Siena 7-22 (Booth 3-4, Anglada 2-5, Logan 2-6, Mullings 0-1, Krogh 0-1, Cummings 0-2, Coles 0-3), Maryland 10-15 (Mincy 4-5, Moseley 2-2, Austin 1-1, Walker-Kimbrough 1-2, Rutan 1-2, Brown 1-3). Rebounds—Siena 26 (Donohue, Kelly, Krogh 4), Maryland 41 (Thomas 13). Assists—Siena 7 (Mullings, Stewart 2), Maryland 30 (Thomas 11). Total Fouls—Siena 18, Maryland 19. Technical—Siena bench. Fouled Out—None. A—1,901.

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