Coming off a two-point overtime win over Virginia, the #15 Terps decided to blowout the #10 North Carolina Tar Heels at the Comcast Center. Maryland surprisingly ran past the Tar Heels 88-65 Sunday night on national television.
Maryland (16-3, 3-2 ACC) found themselves trailing for about 30 seconds before steadily increasing their lead behind Alyssa Thomas’ fourth double double (16 points and 13 rebounds) in five games and never looked back. Lynetta Kizer and Diandra Tchatchouang had another solid game with 12 points and 13 points, respectively. North Carolina was led by senior guard Italee Lucas with 17 points.
The lead ballooned to as much as 23 behind an impressive shooting night for the Terps who connected on 45% from behind the arch and an impressive 23-25 on the free throw line. They also dominated the Tar Heels (17-3, 3-2 ACC) on the boards, seemingly grabbing every big rebound for a 55-32 advantage.
However, there were stretches throughout the second half that Maryland appeared to get complacent and allow North Carolina to build a little momentum before the Lady Terps regrouped. They also handled the ball recklessly coughing up 28 turnovers, including 17 in the first half. While they are a young team, nearly 30 turnovers at home is a discomforting.
Maryland stays at home for a Friday night matchup against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Jan. 28 at 8:30pm. The game will also be on regional sports networks.
Player of the Game: This one was hard since everyone played pretty well, but Alyssa Thomas gets the nod for another double double. She has really stepped up her play during the ACC schedule and is quickly becoming Maryland’s best player. Thomas was clutch down the stretch as the Tar Heels fouled her; she was a perfect six for six from the line.