No. 10 Maryland 82, Towson 46
Inside and out, Maryland is proving to be very tough to beat.
Freshman Brene Moseley scored 26 points, Laurin Mincy had 15 and the 10th-ranked Terrapins dominated in-state foe Towson on both ends of the court in an 82-46 victory Wednesday night.
During an emotional win over then-No. 10 Georgetown on Sunday, Maryland dominated the paint. In this game, Towson dared the Terrapins to shoot from long range.
The Terrapins were happy to oblige, and went 8 for 16 from beyond the arc, led by Moseley (4 for 6) and Mincy (2 for 3).
''We had an inside game against Georgetown, and showed our outside game tonight with our guard play,'' Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. ''We really clicked well on the perimeter tonight. This team can be very dangerous if we're able to put all these pieces together and have an inside, outside game.''
The Terrapins (3-0) shot 58 percent from the field, limited the Tigers to 27 percent shooting and finished with a 48-30 rebounding advantage. Maryland used a 16-point run to take a 39-15 lead with five minutes left in the first half and coasted to the finish.
Moseley, a 5-foot-7 guard, went 10 for 15 from the floor and made all five of her free throws. Moseley missed her entire senior season in high school after tearing a ligament in her right knee, and although she wears a brace on the court, it's apparent she's made a full recovery.
''For a freshman to come in and play with type of poise and that kind of confidence, it makes us better as a team,'' Frese said.
Moseley said, ''I was just taking what they were giving me. They left me open, so I just had the opportunity to knock it down.''
Forward Alyssa Thomas scored 14 points for the Terrapins, who showed no sign of a letdown after Sunday's 72-53 rout. Maryland played its third straight game without senior center Lynetta Kizer, who has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
Deree Fooks and Nyree Williams each scored eight points for Towson (1-1). The Tigers beat Maryland in 2009, but lost to the Terrapins 74-42 last season and are 0-9 in College Park.
Coach Joe Mathews figured Towson would be better off trying to make Maryland shoot from the outside, but the strategy didn't work.
''We knew coming in they were willing to shoot the 3, and we wanted to see if they could consistently make it,'' Mathews said. ''You've got to pick your poison, so we focused on taking Thomas out and try to pack it in as much as we could.''
Despite committing turnovers on its first two possessions, Towson kept it close for nearly six minutes. Maryland then used successive 3-pointers by Moseley and Mincy to go up 13-7, and minutes later Kim Rodgers connected from beyond the arc to push the margin to 10.
It was 23-15 before the Terrapins rattled off 16 consecutive points, a burst that included a pair of 3-pointers by Moseley and two baskets by Thomas. At that point, Maryland was 15 for 24 from the floor, including 6 for 8 from long range.