COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Stephanie Jones and senior Ieshia Small both set personal bests in scoring as the No. 15 Maryland women’s basketball team (2-1) defeated Niagara (0-3), 92-65, on Thursday afternoon in the XFINITY Center.
The Terps hosted their fourth annual Field Trip Day against the Purple Eagles. Maryland welcomed over 6,500 local elementary and middle school students to the game with free admission to all preregistered 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 energy was awesome. We love having this kind of game for our kids,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “It’s a great opportunity to introduce them to our team, our program and our university. I know my boys have this game circled on the calendar when the schedule comes out.”
“I think Niagara was more aggressive in the first half, and as a young team, we need to work on that,” Frese said. “I think our seniors did a tremendous job in being consistent and ready to settle us in. We were able to do some nice things in the third quarter, but as a team we need to be ready from the tipoff.”
Senior Kristen Confroy had a career-best five steals as the Terps totaled 13 against the Purple Eagles. Maryland held a 46-24 advantage in points in the paint, as well as a 42-30 lead in rebounding.
Maryland didn’t allow a field goal from Niagara for the last five minutes of the first quarter as the Terrapins took a 25-17 lead. The Eagles outscored the Terps 19-17 in the second.
Ahead 42-36 at the half, Maryland broke through with an 83 percent field goal percentage in the third quarter. The Terps took a 65-48 advantage into the final quarter. Maryland continued to roll on both offense and defense as the team took its largest lead of the day, 82-56. Confroy finished the scoring with a three-pointer as the Terps finished the game ahead 92-65.
Jones posted 15 points in the second half while Small had 14.
Maryland is ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll and No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches Preseason poll.
Next, the Terrapins will travel north to take on No. 1 Connecticut (1-0) Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford. The Terps-Huskies matchup will be televised around the world on ESPN, WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.