Delaware St women fall to No. 8 Maryland 93-44

Tamika Louis had no illusions her Delaware State squad would be

able to overcome a lack of size or depth and display the type of

pinpoint execution necessary to surprise a ranked opponent.

”We’re pretty beat up,” Louis said after the Hornets absorbed

a 93-44 beating at the hands of No. 8 Maryland on Saturday night.

”We’ve only got half our team here and a lot of injuries. It’s

just one of those nights where you kind of have to throw the ball

up and let them play a little bit. Maryland’s a great team and

we’re just happy to come out without getting another injury.”

Freshman guard Raven Bankston led the Hornets (3-5) with 22

points, but Delaware State couldn’t contend with waves of talented

Maryland players.

”We couldn’t match up size-wise, and freshmen are the best

players I’m playing right now,” Louis said. ”It’s just tough. You

have to get your kids that don’t play some experience and don’t

feel like you’re demoralized.”

The Hornets couldn’t even catch a break with Terrapins leading

scorer Alyssa Thomas on the bench for the final 17 minutes of the

first half in foul trouble. Thomas still finished with 18 points

and 10 rebounds, helping Maryland to its eighth straight

victory.

”That’s one of the things we’ve really been able to show, our

depth and our talent,” said Maryland coach Brenda Frese. ”What I

love is when you have A.T. back in the lineup, she’s a workhorse

and works within everything else. But when you have the amount of

options we have this season, that’s what puts you in another

category.”

Thomas was on the bench after picking up a pair of early fouls

when Maryland (10-1) finished the first half on a 21-6 run,

extending a 24-16 lead. Seven different Terrapins scored during the

burst, led by five points from Tierney Pfirman.

”That’s the type of team we are – we keep coming,” said

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, who added 13 points for Maryland. ”We

have all the depth possible that a team could want. We have

something special.”

Instead of panicking without Thomas – who hit double digits for

a 10th straight game – the Terrapins prospered regardless of what

personnel grouping Frese sent out.

”We don’t have to miss a beat, where another team might have to

take an L for it,” Frese said.

Maryland improved to 4-0 against Delaware State, which shot 24

percent (15 for 62) from the field..

Lexie Brown scored 11 points and Malina Howard 10 for Maryland,

which scored 22 points off 18 Hornet turnovers and outrebounded the

visitors 64-33.

Maryland’s edge in size, speed and depth was no match for the

Hornets’ patient offensive attack early on. The Terrapins led 45-22

at halftime, ending the opening 20 minutes on a 21-6 run and

holding Delaware State without a field goal after Bankston’s

left-side bank shot with 6:00 left in the first half.

The Terrapins played most of the first half without Thomas, who

picked up her second personal foul three minutes into the game

while fighting for a loose ball on the Delaware State baseline and

sat on the bench for the remainder of the half.

”It (stinks) getting two fouls so early in the game,” Thomas

said. ”All you can do is encourage your teammates.”

But Delaware State couldn’t capitalize on her absence as

Maryland flexed its muscle on defense and scored in waves.

Thomas returned in the second half, tallying 14 points in 14

minutes.