COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Alyssa Thomas had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the No. 6 Maryland women’s basketball team to an 89-53 victory over Loyola at Comcast Center Sunday afternoon.
The Terrapins (2-0, 0-0 ACC) dominated from the opening tip, limiting the Greyhounds (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League) to just 35 percent shooting for the contest. Senior Alicia DeVaughn chipped in 14 points and six rebounds while freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had a strong outing with 10 points and four assists.
The Terps began the first half with 11-0 run. Senior Katie Rutan punctuated the Terp burst with a layup that forced a quick Greyhound timeout. DeVaughn did most of her work in the first half, scoring 12 of her 14 points on in the first 20 minutes.
Walker-Kimbrough sparked the Terps late in the half. The freshman scored four points in an 8-0 run that gave the Terps a 46-25-halftime advantage.
The second half saw Thomas take over the game on both ends. The National Player of the Year candidate scored nine of her 14 points in the stanza, along with five rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Tierney Pfirman added nine points in the period.
The Terps constantly attacked the rim throughout the game, outscoring the Greyhounds 44-22 in the paint. Thomas and Pfirman were menaces on the glass, helping the Terps hold a 49-27 rebounding edge and a 23-2 advantage in second chance points.
Nai Brown led the Greyhounds with 11 points and Tiffany Padgett added six points and four rebounds.
The Terrapins return to action Friday Nov. 15 against No. 1 UConn. Tipoff is scheduled at Comcast Center for 6 p.m and the game can be seen on ESPNU. For more information on the Terps or to purchase tickets, visit umterps.com.