The #10 Terps managed to overcome a scary and poor first half to preserve their seven-game win streak and squash N.C State’s upset bid, 88-59, Sunday afternoon at the Comcast Center.
Maryland (20-3, 6-2 ACC) found themselves down 12 points with a little less than seven minutes to go in the first half and down one of their top players. Terp Nation held their collective breath as freshman Alyssa Thomas landed awkwardly on a missed layup. She eventually returned for a short stint but was taken out by Coach Brenda Frese and sent to locker room for what appeared to be a back injury. On the court, once again Maryland struggled with the three ball (1-7), turned the ball over (12) and missed the easy points (58% on FT).
But the Lady Terps rallied around leader Lynetta Kizer’s double-double (22 points, 13 rebounds) and Diandra Tchatchouang (11 points, seven rebounds) to hand Brenda Frese her seventh-consecutive 20 win season. They came out of the half energized, shooting 54 % from the field, a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line and killed the Wolfpack ( 10-13, 1-7 ACC) on the boards (28 to 10).
After blowing out opponents, winning an overtime game and hitting a buzzer beater on the road, Maryland proved they have grown enough to look past a horrendous first half to stage a comeback. The Terps travel to Miami for a huge ACC game Thursday Feb. 10 at 7 pm. The Hurricanes are top three in the ACC standings.
Player of the Game: With Alyssa Thomas playing as well as she has, we can sometimes forget Maryland’s other impact player. With Thomas out Lynetta Kizer made us remember with 22 points and 13 rebounds, igniting the Terps to a win. Besides her talent, the junior is Maryland’s vocal leader for the young squad.