Women’s Basketball Writer
Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese collected her 200th career win at the University of Maryland as the #21 Terps easily defeated American University 78-52 Sunday afternoon.
In just her ninth season at the helm of the program, Frese reached the 200-win landmark faster than any coach in program history. She has guided the Terps to six straight 20-win seasons, a 2006 National Title and the 2009 ACC Championship.
Freshman Alyssa Thomas led all scorers with 16 points, seven boards and four steals as the Lady Terps (3-1) picked up their second straight win by 20 or more points. But while Maryland dominated the entire game, they still showed plenty of growing pains, committing 21 turnovers.
The defense held American (2-2) to 29.3% shooting for the game and an outstanding 1-10 from behind the arc in the first half. Maryland was also able to force 21 turnovers, capturing 15 steals. Both Alexis Dobbs and Lisa Strack led the Eagles with 13 points apiece.
Maryland gets a nice break before heading to the eigth annual East Carolina Tournament in Greenville, N.C. The Terrapins will take on the host East Carolina Friday, Nov. 26, at 6:30 pm.
Player of the Game: The freshman Thomas runs away with it after leading all scorers for the game. The 2010 Parade All-American scored six of her team’s first eight points and finished with ten in one half.