George Washington falls to No. 8 Maryland 87-51
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP)
George Washington was hoping to build upon its upset of a top-10 team by pulling off an encore against No. 8 Maryland.
Instead, the Colonials came out flat - and got flattened.
Alyssa Thomas had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the Terrapins never trailed in an 87-51 victory Tuesday night.
Coming off a home win over then-No. 10 California, the Colonials (2-1) didn't have the same fervor on the road against a Maryland team eager to bounce back from a loss to top-ranked Connecticut.
''The energy was lacking today,'' said guard Megan Nipe. ''I think we got excited for Cal - it was our home court - and we just didn't get up the same way.''
After scoring 31 against California, Nipe tallied only 13 on 6-for-19 shooting against the Terps (3-1). The Colonials shot 22 for 63 (35 percent) and missed all 15 of their 3-point tries.
GW coach Jonathan Tsipis had a feeling he was going to get Maryland's best effort, and he was right.
''I thought you saw a Maryland team tonight that was mad because they knew Friday night wasn't their best shot,'' Tsipis said. ''We were coming off our best win in the last five years, but I thought Maryland was definitely the aggressor, and I feel like with the depth they have now they're able to come at you in waves.''
Thomas was the best player on the floor, but she had help. Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 15 and two other Terps reached double figures.
Clearly, Maryland couldn't wait to get back into a competitive situation after the loss to Connecticut on Friday night.
''We learned from that,'' Thomas said. ''We just tried to get better and come out and win this game.''
The Terrapins outscored the Colonials 19-7 at the foul line and finished with a 53-32 rebounding advantage.
''Rebounding is something that we did not perform well in the UConn game,'' forward Alicia DeVaughn said. ''We knew we had to come back stronger tonight.''
The Terrapins limited the Colonials to 4-for-18 shooting over the opening eight minutes and took a 15-8 lead.
It was 25-18 before a follow-shot by Thomas and a 3-pointer by Walker-Kimbrough sparked the pivotal run that carried into the end of the first half. Five different players contributed to the spree, and the Maryland defense held GW scoreless over the final 3 1/2 minutes.
Thomas had 12 points and 11 rebounds by halftime. The Colonials were 0 for 11 from beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes.
Early in the second half, a follow-shot by Thomas capped an 8-0 spurt that made it 52-25 with 15:57 remaining.