Women’s Basketball Writer
The #23 Maryland Terps picked up their fourth straight win, blowing out the hapless Massachusetts Minutewomen 82-50 Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Pirate Invitational.
After UMass scored the first bucket of the game, Maryland (5-1) took off and never looked back, accumulating a 20 point lead at halftime. Once again the Terrapins dominated the boards, 47-25, and scored an astounding 48 points in the paint to the Minutewomen’s eight. Freshmen Alyssa Thomas had another great performance, leading all scorers with 15 points and seven rebounds.
UMass (0-5) was led by senior guard Megan Zullo, who chipped in 14 points, two rebounds and three assists. The winless Minutewomen were held to 33.3% from the field and were bottled up to only three fast break points.
While Maryland certainly dominated this matchup, they still continued their problem with turnovers, committing 19. They also shot well below their season free throw percentage of 67.9%, hitting on only 56% of their shots from the charity stripe. The Terps travel to Indiana for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to take on the Purdue Boilmakers on Dec. 2 at 6:30 pm.
Player of the Game: Freshman Alyssa Thomas continues to show why she was one of the most highly ranked recruits in the country last year. This was her third straight game with double digit points and her second time as the leading scorer in that same span.