In their most disappointing performance of the season, the #13 Terps dropped their second consecutive game and fell to 0-2 in the ACC after losing to Boston College 78-69 Thursday night at the Comcast Center.
While Maryland (13-3, 0-2 ACC) was marred by horrendous three-point shooting (1-20) and struggled to knock down their free throws (42.9%), the Terps still were in prime position to capture their first ACC win. Both teams traded buckets for most of the first half, before the Terrapins began to pull away late from the Eagles (14-3, 1-1 ACC), gaining a 10-point lead and eventually taking a 35-27 advantage at halftime.
Junior Lynetta Kizer and freshman Alyssa Thomas continued their outstanding play, each recording double-doubles. Kizer scored 22 points and 10 rebounds while Thomas chipped in 18 points and 13 boards. Yet, it wasn’t enough to overcome the terrible shooting night for the rest of the Lady Terps.
The Eagles came back strong in the second half, turning a nine point deficit into a 45-37 lead only five minutes in with the help of 57% shooting from the three point line. Carolyn Swords and Stefanie Murphy each had huge halves for Boston College, scoring 10 and 14 respectively.
A Kim Rodgers three (the only one for the Terps) and an Alyssa Thomas layup on successive plays pulled Maryland within one with a little over eight minutes to go. But they were unable to capitalize as the Eagles pulled away for their first ACC win.
Maryland won another rebounding battle (53-45), outscored BC in the paint (44-28) and forced them into a whopping 28 turnovers to their 11.
The Terps hope to pull out their first ACC win and snap their losing streak when they travel to Clemson on Tuesday Jan. 16 at 3 pm.
Player of the Game: Lynetta Kizer wins for basically carrying Maryland with her huge double double. Her 22 points were crucial in keeping the Terrapins within striking distance.