Women’s Basketball Writer
Nine days removed from their last game, the #22 Maryland Terrapins picked up where they left off, winning their ninth straight. The Terps defeated Delaware State, 79-49, Sunday afternoon.
Freshman Alyssa Thomas continued her impressive play, leading all scorers with 17 points and seven rebounds. In all, four Terps scored in double digits – Thomas, Alicia DeVaughn, Tianna Hawkins, and junior Lynetta Kizer, who picked up a double double.
Maryland (10-1) struggled to pull away from the lowly Hornets (1-7), holding slim leads throughout the first half before losing it with a little less than three minutes left in the half. But a Diandra Tchatchouang jumper kick-started a 10 point run that led to a halftime lead of 34-25.
The Lady Terps pulled away in the second half thanks to a 19-2 run and 55.2% shooting from the field. The Terrapins also continued their dominance in the paint and on the boards, holding a 50-14 advantage in the paint and outrebounding the Hornets 44-28.
Delaware State was led by Deanna Harmon and Kianna Conner, who scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Maryland returns home to host their annual Terrapin Classic, playing La Salle in the opening round. The Classic kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 28 at noon.
Player of the Game: After a forgettable performance against UMBC last week, leader Lynetta Kizer responded with her third triple double of the year with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The junior also added two assists and four blocks.