Thomas dominates, No. 8 Terps beat Terriers 110-53

A two-week break couldn’t slow down Alyssa Thomas and the

Maryland Terrapins.

Thomas scored 18 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and added 10

assists for her second triple-double in three games and fourth of

her career as Maryland posted its highest point total since 2006

and largest margin of victory this season with a 110-53 win over

Wofford on Saturday in the Terrapin Classic semifinals.

”Often times, you see teams come out in this game and they’re

sluggish and really struggle to find their rhythm,” said Maryland

coach Brenda Frese of her squad, which had last beaten Delaware

State on Dec. 14. ”And I thought we were really, really

good.”

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough tied a career high with 17 points and

hit a career-high four 3-pointers in the Terps’ ninth straight

victory, the last three of which have come by an average of 54

points.

And Tierney Pfirman and Brene Moseley each added 14 points, a

career high for the former and a season high for the latter.

”The triple-double, my teammates, they make it so easy,” said

Thomas. ”They knock down open shots.”

Maryland will play College of Charleston on Sunday in the final

before beginning ACC play next weekend at No. 10 North

Carolina.

Jordan Frazier scored 19 points for Wofford (2-9), which has now

lost the first five games of a seven-game stretch away from

home.

She was the only player with more than five points for the

Terriers, who have lost 17 straight road contests dating back to

last December.

”I think our realistic goal was to just play hard,” Frazier

said. ”We came in expecting – not to lose – but that it was going

to be a tough game. And I think we just wanted to execute our stuff

and play good defense. We didn’t always do that, as you can see,

but that’s what we wanted.”

Most defenses would’ve struggled to shut down a Maryland offense

that shot 50 percent (9 of 18) from 3-point range and 62 percent

(41 of 66) from the floor. The Terps also out-rebounded the

Terriers 46-25.

Walker-Kimbrough, a freshman, bested her 3-point career mark by

halftime to help Maryland effectively ensure victory by the

break.

Her first 3 came in an early 10-0 run that pushed the lead to

18-5. She hit two more in a 9-1 spurt that stretched it to 35-17,

and her last, off a kickout feed from Moseley, made it 56-28 to cap

a 12-0 half-ending run.

”My teammates found me and the shots went in,”

Walker-Kimbrough explained.

It was more of the same after halftime, with Thomas hitting an

inside basket and assisting on a pair of transition layups as the

Terps stretched the lead beyond 40 at 70-30.

The Terps later pushed it to 50 when Sequoia Austin’s 3-pointer

made it 85-35, and Thomas got her key 10th assist inside the final

two minutes with a feed to Pfirman, prompting a late substitution

and a reality check for Wofford’s worn-down defense.

”All of her points were discrete,” Frazier said of Thomas.

”When she came out of the game and I saw how many points she

scored, I was like, `I don’t remember any of that.’ She’s pretty

good.”

Maryland guard Lexie Brown missed Saturday’s game to attend to

family issues, but is expected to return to the team for Sunday’s

game.