The #15 Terps closed out their final home game with a win, beating Virginia Tech 61-48 to shake off last week’s loss against Florida State. Lynetta Kizer led the way for the Terps, posting a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Maryland (22-6, 8-5 ACC) was able to avoid another slow start by shooting 54% in the first half. But they uncharacteristically lost the rebound battle early, allowing the Hokies (11-17, 1-12 ACC) to stay with them. Still, the Terps were able to go into the half with a 29-22 lead.
Alyssa Thomas, fresh off her school record sixth ACC Rookie of the Week award, posted a game high 15 points to go along with seven rebounds. Another freshman, Laurin Mincy added 12 points and three rebounds. Mincy was key to allowing Maryland to pull away, hitting four of her eight three point attempts, a huge accomplishment for a team struggling for an outside shot.
During the second half, Virginia Tech was able to continue to hang around, even tying the game up at 33 a piece off a Shanel Harrison layup with 12:47 left on the clock. Maryland responded with a freshman barrage as Alyssa Thomas scored four straight points followed by a Mincy three point shot. After that sequence the Terps were able to slowly pull away for their 22nd win.
The Terps have to win their last game to build up their confidence heading into the ACC Tournament; after all they have dropped three of their last five. Their next contest is the regular season finale at Boston College, Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1pm.
Player of the Game: While this technically was a senior night, there were no seniors to honor so freshman Laurin Mincy stepped up big with a 50% shooting night from the three point line; all 12 of her points came from behind the arch. She helped spark the run that allowed the Terps to close out for the win.