The #14 Terps picked up their second consecutive blowout win and fourth straight ACC victory after demolishing the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 75-44 at the Comcast Center Friday evening.
Maryland (17-3, 4-2 ACC) had their way with the lowly Deacons (10-15, 1-5 ACC) from the tip off, excluding an early Wake run that had the visitors within one at the 12 minute mark. But two double doubles from outstanding freshman Alyssa Thomas (19 points, 11 rebounds) and forward Tianna Hawkins (12 points 12 boards) proved too much for the Deacs to handle. Kim Rodgers added 17 on a hot shooting night as Maryland held a 42-18 lead at the break.
The Terp D continued their inspired play, limiting Wake to an abysmal 19% from three point land and 28% from the field. They also forced 17 turnovers leading to 23 points for the offense.
Wake was led by Garcia Sandra with 14 points, yet did not receive enough help in her attempt lead the Deacons to their first win over Maryland since 2003.
Maryland remains at home for their final out of conference for a late matchup against Longwood University Sunday, Jan. 30 at 2pm.
Player of the Game: While Rodgers and Hawkins had great games, I have to give props to the freshman Alyssa Thomas. Thomas continues to amaze and is quickly becoming a force in the ACC, experience be damned. She picked her fifth double double in six ACC games and appears to be a lock for the ACC Rookie of the Year award.