COLLEGE PARK, Md. – National Player of the Year candidate Alyssa Thomas scored 26 and Katie Rutan hit 1,000 career points to lead a strong offensive effort as No. 7 Maryland won at Boston College, 92-66, Thursday night.
With two of her three three-pointers in the first minutes of the game, redshirt senior Katie Rutan hit 1,000 career points between her time at Maryland and at Xavier.
Thomas scored 19 of her 26 points in the second half and added nine rebounds and four assists. Freshman Lexie Brown hit four three pointers in a first half push for 12 points and six assists, while freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 11 points and six rebounds. Maryland shot 57.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from outside the arc.
Two free throws by Thomas, a three by Brown and a bucket by Thomas put Maryland on a 7-0 run to take a 35-29 lead and force a Boston College timeout with 4:30 left in the first half. A Rutan three helped extend it to a 13-0 run.
Maryland hit seven threes in the first half, four from Brown and three from Rutan, for a 50-38 lead at the break.
Thomas got it going in the second half with 19 of her 26 points in the second stanza.
The Terrapins won the battle on the boards, 37-21, and beat the Eagles in the paint, 48-23.
Thomas moved into No. 2 on Maryland’s scoring list with 2,214 career points, passing Marissa Coleman. She needs just 34 to pass Langhorne’s women’s record of 2,247 and 56 to break Juan Dixon’s school scoring record of 2,269. Thomas’ 1,146 career rebounds are 74 shy of tying Langhorne’s school record of 1,229.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 9 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Maryland will close the regular season Sunday with a 2 p.m. game vs. Virginia Tech (14-14, 4-11) at Comcast Center for Senior Day. The game events can be seen live online through umterps.com. Live stats will be at umterps.com and live updates will be at twitter.com/umdwbb.
Prior to Sunday’s contest, the Terrapins will honor their five seniors in Sequoia Austin, Alicia DeVaughn, Katie Rutan, Thomas and Essence Townsend. After Sunday’s game, Thomas’ jersey will be honored in the rafters of Comcast Center. She will be the ninth Terrapin with her jersey honored. The pregame senior ceremony and postgame events for Thomas will be shown on TerpsTV.
The game vs. Virginia Tech will be Maryland’s final ACC regular season game. There will be a pre-game alumni autograph session featuring Laura Harper, Vicky Bullett, Kim Rodgers and former coach Chris Weller from 1-1:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall, as well as a commemorative ACC timeline poster for the first 5,000 fans in attendance. Fans will also be able to take photos with the Terrapins’ ACC championship trophies from 1-2 p.m. in Heritage Hall and will be able to share their favorite ACC moment on an interactive "My Favorite ACC Moment Wall” at the West entrance to Heritage Hall.
The March 2 game will also be the Team Tyler game, in which the Terps support leukemia awareness. Fans will be able join the national bone marrow donor registry courtesy of There Goes My Hero, a local non-profit that funds blood cancer research, family support programs, and education programs to encourage public support and use of the bone marrow registry. Fans can donate and make checks payable to the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology.