MIAMI, Fl. – With two early losses at the hands of two top five ranked teams (#4 South Carolina and #1 Connecticut), it appears that those games have really helped a young Maryland Women’s Terrapins basketball squad learn quickly.
From the tip-off of the their Miami Thanksgiving Tournament game against the Kennesaw State Lady Owls (1-5), it was evident this was probably going to be another excellent overall showing for a second consecutive game for Brenda Frese’s talented group.
Since the loss to Connecticut five days ago, the #15 ranked Terrapins (4-2) have walloped Howard, 111-49 and today that shellacked the Lady Owls by 54 points, 89-35.
Blair Watson lead all scorers with 20 points for Maryland and Briana Fraser came off the bench to record a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.
Alexis Poole was the leading Lady Owls scorer with eight points.
Maryland shot 50.7% from the field (35-69), including 11-three pointers. Their defense was extremely stingy, only allowing 12 of Kennesaw State’s 53 shots to go through the basket (22.6%). The Terps also had a season-high 16 steals in the process.
The most points the Terps allowed in any quarter was in the third, when the Lady Owls managed to put 13 points on the scoreboard. They could only muster eight points in the first and seven points in both the second and the fourth quarters, while Maryland scored at least 20 points in all four quarters.
The Terps will face a much tougher team on Sunday, as they will play the host school, The University of Miami, Florida Hurricanes (4-1) at noon. That game can be seen on the ACC Network or if you have the ESPN app.