LEWISTON, N.Y. – Freshman Destiny Slocum scored 25 points and dished out seven assists to lead the fifth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team to its first road victory of the year with a 96-64 win at Niagara Sunday.
Maryland scored on seven of its first eight possessions to build a 16-2 early lead and never looked back. Seniors Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each scored 16 points for the Terrapins (4-0).
Slocum scored 22 of her points in the first half. She went 5-10 from outside the arc for the game.
“I thought we came out ready to play,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “I really liked out first half. I thought we put some solid play together. Niagara was much more aggressive in the second half. We tended to relax. A game where we’re not totally satisfied, but I thought we were unselfish with 26 assists.”
The Terrapins were efficient on offense, shooting 53.7 percent from the field and making a season-high 11 3-pointers on 26 attempts (42.3 percent). They assisted on 26 of 36 field goals and scored 24 points off 18 Niagara turnovers.
Victoria Rampado led the Purple Eagles (1-3) with 24 points and five rebounds.
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 Las Vegas next week to play in the South Point Shootout at the South Point Hotel & Casino. Maryland will play No. 18/16 Arizona State (2-1) Friday at 4 p.m. ET and Washington State (2-0) Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The Terps’ two games in the South Point Shootout will not be streamed online. Live stats will be available and live updates will be posted to the Terrapins’ Twitter feed. For more on the South Point Shootout, click here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.