The #18 Maryland Terps captured the Terrapin Classic championship Wednesday afternoon after downing #17 St. John’s, 66-60, at the Comcast Center, extending their win streak to 11.
The Lady Terps started the game with a strong defensive effort, holding St. John’s without a field goal until ten minutes had expired. However, free throws and a lack of offensive production from the Terps allowed the Red Storm to cling to Maryland. A pair of Natasha Cloud free throws put the home team up 30-26 at the half.
Diandra Tchatchouang had a huge game, pouring in 19 points, 15 in the first half, to go with five boards and two blocks. Lynetta Kizer was second in scoring for Maryland (12-1) with 13 points which allowed her exceed the 1,000 career points mark.
The Terrapins held their slim lead early in the second half before Kim Rodgers hit a 3-pointer with 13 minutes left to push the lead to ten. The Red Storm cut the margin to seven with a little over two minutes to go, but the Terps were able to keep them at bay to secure the win, snapping the Red Storm’s 11-game win streak.
St. John’s was led by Eugeneia McPherson, who led all scorers with 25 points. Yet, in their losing effort the Red Storm became the first team to outrebound the Terrapins (37-35), the top-ranked rebounding team in the country.
Maryland now hits the road to take on St. Joseph’s Sunday Jan. 2 in Philadelphia at 2 pm. After that, the Terps open up their ACC schedule in a huge matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the #3 Duke Blue Devils.
Player of the Game: Without a doubt, Diandra Tchatchouang wins it after scoring a season high 19 points. The sophomore, who was only averaging 10.5 points a game, scored 15 in the first half and took home Tournament MVP honors.