The 20th-ranked Maryland Terps kicked off their annual Terrapin Classic with a bang, capturing their 10th straight victory by running past La Salle, 85-43, Tuesday afternoon in College Park.
Maryland (11-1) raced out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back behind dominant games from Lynetta Kizer and Alyssa Thomas, who scored 15 and 14, respectively. The Terps held a commanding 43-21 lead at halftime.
The Explorers (4-7) were led by Ebonee Jones with 18 points, but as a team struggled to find the basket as the Lady Terps defense held them to 22% from the field. The Terps, newly ranked as the No.1 rebounding team in the country, dominated the boards for their 12th straight game, finishing with a 51-36 advantage.
The Terrapin Classic championship game will be a top 25 matchup as #20 Maryland take on #17 St. John’s, who beat Liberty 81-66 in their opening round game. The game will be held Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 11:30 am.
Player of the Game: Lynetta Kizer wins it for the second straight game after a dominating performance. Kizer came within one rebound of a second straight double double, which most likely would have happened had the starters not been rested for the championship game the next day.