COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The eighth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team dominated the inside game with 60 points in the paint in a 79-62 win at Georgia Tech Sunday. The win was head coach Brenda Frese’s 300th win at Maryland.
Senior Alyssa Thomas picked up her 60th career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds with five assists. She broke Crystal Langhorne’s school record of 59 career double-doubles.Thomas also passed Marissa Coleman on the all-time rebounding list, moving into No. 2 with 1,146 career rebounds.
Freshman center Brionna Jones added 15 points with six boards. Senior Katie Rutan added three three-pointers and picked up 15 points. She currently has 996 career points. Freshman Lexie Brown added eight points with a career-high nine assists.
The Terrapins (22-5, 10-4 ACC) outscored the Yellow Jackets (17-10, 7-7) in the paint, 60-26. The Terps never trailed in winning their second straight game and sixth in the past seven.
Kaela Davis finished with 21 points as Georgia Tech lost its second in a row. The Yellow Jackets have dropped seven straight to Maryland and 11 of the past 13 meetings.
"I think that's one of the best defensive efforts I've ever seen a Maryland team give," Yellow Jackets coach MaChelle Joseph said. "Obviously we had a hard time with their inside game."
Thomas gave Georgia Tech fits all afternoon. After finishing the first half with nine points and seven rebounds, Thomas showed why she's been selected the ACC player of the year over the past two seasons.
In the first minute of the second half, she grabbed a defensive rebound, dribbled up the floor, made a long bounce pass to Rutan, who bounced the ball back to a cutting Thomas for a fast-break layup and an 11-point lead.
Thomas made it 41-29 on Maryland's next possession, driving the left side of the lane past two Georgia Tech defenders for an uncontested layup.
Maryland, the nation's fifth-best rebounding team, pulled down 49 boards -- 20 on the offensive end. The Terrapins outscored Georgia Tech 18-2 on fast breaks and had a 21-3 advantage in assists.
"I thought our post players did a great job of sealing them and being aggressive and demanding the ball," Frese said. "I thought our guards did a tremendous job of leading them into easy plays."
The Jackets went scoreless for a 5-minute stretch before Davis' 12-footer from the left baseline made it 20-14. Tyaunna Marshall's 3 from the right key made it 27-19, but Thomas followed with a putback at the 6:12 mark on the ensuing possession for the game's first 10-point lead.
Marshall finished with 11 points for Georgia Tech, which trailed by double digits throughout the second half.
Frese is now 300-99 (.752) in her 12 years at Maryland with five Sweet Sixteens, four Elite Eights and the 2006 national championship.
Thomas’ 2,188 career points are just 60 short of Langhorne’s women’s record of 2,247. Thomas’ 1,146 career rebounds are 84 shy of Langhorne’s school record of 1,229.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Next, the Terrapins will play at Boston College (12-16, 3-11) Thursday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live online through umterps.com. Live stats will be at umterps.com and live updates will be at twitter.com/umdwbb.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.