COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The fifth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team used a strong second half effort to beat Mount St. Mary’s, 106-42, Friday afternoon in the Terrapins’ annual Field Trip Day game at the XFINITY Center.
Brionna Jones had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Terps (3-0) and Ieshia Small finished with 14 points. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Kaila Charles and Jenna Staiti had 10 points apiece for the Terrapins, who shot 58 percent from the field.
The Mountaineers (1-2) trailed only 18-13 at the end of the first quarter. But the Terrapins used their size to take control. The 6-foot-3 Jones scored 12 points to boost the lead to 34-18 with 3:37 left in the second quarter.
“I thought it took us a little bit with the early start, to wake up,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “I thought we had a very sluggish start. You could see that in our shot selection, our shots weren't falling. We did a much better job of settling in in the second quarter, of getting the ball to Bri (Jones). We really picked up our defensive intensity after halftime. The second half was a much better indicator of how we want to play for forty minutes. It's a challenge when we start this early and prepares us for tournament games that might start this early. Good lesson for us to be able to learn through with getting a win. It was another opportunity for us to learn and get better."
The Mountaineers tried to stay in the game by hoisting three-pointers, but they went 3 of 21 and trailed 37-20 at the break.
A 3-pointer by Sarah Myers gave Maryland a 100-39 lead late in the fourth quarter.
Katrice Dickson led Mount St. Mary's with 12 points.
The Terrapins welcomed over 3,000 children from local schools to Friday’s contest in their third annual Field Trip Day game. They offered free admission to all preregistered elementary schools and classes. These classes received free lesson plans aligned with Common Core standards, focusing on numeracy and literacy, while familiarizing students with the game of basketball.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 6 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Division I Coaches poll.
Next, the Terrapins will travel to Niagara (1-2) this weekend for their first road trip of the year. The Terps and the Purple Eagles will play at noon Sunday at Niagara’s Gallagher Center. The matchup will be streamed online through PurpleEagles.com. Live stats will be available and updates will be posted to the Terrapins’ Twitter feed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.