Thomas dominates, No. 8 Terps beat Terriers 110-53
A two-week break couldn’t slow down Alyssa Thomas and the
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
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
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 the winner of Saturday’s other semifinal
between Howard and College of Charleston 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
She was the only player with more than five points for the
Terriers, who have lost 17 straight road contests dating back to
”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
Walker-Kimbrough, a freshman, bested her 3-point career mark by
halftime to help Maryland effectively ensure victory by the
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,”
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
Maryland guard Lexie Brown missed Saturday’s game to attend to
family issues, but is expected to return to the team for Sunday’s