SYRACUSE N.Y. – National Player of the Year candidate Alyssa Thomas notched her fifth career triple-double and freshman Lexie Brown added a career-high 31 points as No. 8 Maryland cruised to an 89-64 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome Sunday afternoon.
Thomas had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for her third triple-double this year. She has had a triple or double-double in 18 of the Terrapins’ 21 games. She is one of just five players in NCAA history to notch five or more triple-doubles in a career.
Brown went 7-for-8 from outside the arc for her career-high 31. She added seven assists as the Terrapins (17-4, 5-3 ACC) notched 25 assists on 35 field goals made. Freshman center Brionna Jones, who made her first career start Sunday, added 10 points and freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 17, including 14 in the first half.
After taking an 8-4 lead on a three-point play, the Orange (16-6, 5-4) missed seven shots and committed four turnovers as Maryland went on a 20-5 run to take a 24-13 lead midway through the opening half. Walker-Kimbrough added nine straight points in the run. Maryland pushed its lead to 17 at 46-29 at halftime.
"Everybody contributed," head coach Brenda Frese said. "They did a tremendous job sharing the basketball. For Lexie, it was fun to be able to watch. It's a great road win, but now for us every game you've got to get ready to play.”
Brittney Sykes led Syracuse with 22 points, 14 in the second half in a futile attempt to rally the Orange.
Thomas is now tied with Kristi Toliver for No. 3 all-time at Maryland with 2,078 points and Tianna Hawkins for third in rebounding with 1,075. The Terps beat the Orange 37-27 on the glass and outscored them 40-28 in the paint. Maryland shot 61.4 percent (35 of 57).
Maryland broke it wide open early in the second, hitting eight straight shots in a 20-6 spurt to take a 31-point lead less than 5 minutes in. Brown hit a 3 to start it, Jones scored seven points inside, and Brown finished it with a 3-pointer from the right corner and a fast-break layup with 15:45 left.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press and No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches polls.
Next, the Terrapins will host Pittsburgh (10-11, 2-5) Thursday at 7 p.m. in College Park. Maryland Athletics will be celebrating celebrating National Girls & Women In Sports Day prior to the game.
Youth are invited to “Train with the Terps” beginning with check-in at 5:15 p.m. Members of Maryland’s women’s teams will be on hand to participate in various sports from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Following the event, participants will move to the Comcast Center for the Terps-Panthers game.
Parents can register their youth (girls, grades K-8) by clicking here. Parents are invited to call the ticket office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP to order tickets for the Maryland/Pittsburgh women’s basketball game. Youth are free. The event is limited to the first 200 participants registered.
National Girls & Women In Sports Day (NGWSD) is a special day for girls and women to celebrate their participation in sports and athletics. When Title IX was enacted in 1971, 1 in 27 girls in high school participated in athletics. One in three girls participate in athletics in high school now. There has been an explosion in the number of athletic opportunities open to women and girls of all ages and levels of ability
The Associated Press contributed to this report.