Cougars fall 103-51 to No. 8 Terps as shots don’t
On a day when Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas hit a rebounding
milestone, it helped that the College of Charleston kept missing
Afreyea Tolbert scored 20 points but got little help from her
teammates before halftime as the Cougars fell 103-51 to the No. 8
Terrapins in the Terrapin Classic championship Sunday.
Breanna Bolden added 11 points and Jazz Green scored 10 for
Charleston, which saw its three-game win streak snapped and its
hopes of an upset dashed well before halftime.
”It doesn’t affect any confidence,” Tolbert said of the
defeat. ”We’re just going to go into practice and work on the
things that we need to work on and just start getting prepared for
our next game.”
Thomas scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed her 1,000th
rebound, one of 10 on the day, to lead Maryland to its 10th
straight win. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 15 points and Tierney
Pfirman scored 10 for the Terps.
Tolbert was the only Charleston player to make a field goal in
the first half, which ended 54-15, marking both the most points
allowed and least points scored in a half by the Cougars this
Tolbert’s teammates were 0 for 21 from the field in the first 20
minutes before Bolden hit an inside basket that made it 58-19 early
in the second half.
The Cougars conclude their non-conference schedule next Friday
against East Carolina before opening CAA play against a Drexel team
that scared Maryland before ultimately falling here 69-63 in late
”Drexel, they play hard, they play together, they’re a veteran
team,” said Charleston coach Natasha Adair, whose team shot just
26 percent (17 of 66) for the game. ”And the same shots that we
took, they took (against Maryland). But theirs fell.”
By the time Bolden made her first field goal, Thomas had scored
22 points, including 20 before halftime, turning from facilitator
to scorer a day after contributing 10 assists in a
Thomas had already hit three inside baskets before Tolbert made
Charleston’s first field goal 5:31 in. Later in the half, Thomas
scored eight consecutive points for Maryland as the lead grew to
Through that barrage, Tolbert, who scored 11 points before
halftime, just tried to maintain a positive mindset.
”I just knew that our team was going to be in the right
spots,” she said. ”It’s just part of the game. Sometimes they
fall, and sometimes they don’t.”
Thomas reached the milestone with her 10th and final rebound of
the game, leading to her last field goal, a putback that pushed it
Coach Brenda Frese then substituted for the senior, who played
23 minutes, before an appreciative crowd.