#9 Terps Cruise Past Boston College, 86-44
Feb. 2, 2012
The Terps' domination in the first half could hardly have been more complete. In the final 15 minutes of the half, they allowed the Eagles just one field goal - outscoring Boston College 38-3 and scoring the final 20 points in the period. Maryland (19-3, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) led Boston College 51-13 at the break- the Eagles' lowest point total in a half ever.
"I thought the first half was by far the most inspired, best effort and intensity that we've given up to date. It's encouraging with three of our best practices leading up to this game today. I thought it showed a lot of character from our last game," head coach Brenda Frese said.
"We were really good. It was by far, for this team this season, one of the most dominating first halves we've had. That's encouraging. When we can start to put 40 minutes together like that, that's a scary thought to think of when we play like that."
Thomas, who missed the Terps' last game with a sprained left thumb, made her presence felt immediately. She hit a jumper six seconds into the game, and in the first 3:39, had four field goals to give Maryland a 13-4 lead.
Lynetta Kizer added 12 points for the Terrapins for her fifth straight game in double figures. Mincy tied her career-high five threes, while Moseley added three. The Terps were 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) from outside the arc for their most three's in a game since March of 2010.
The Eagles (5-17, 0-9) have lost nine straight - their longest losing streak since a 10-game skid in the 1994-95 season. They shot just 21.1 percent. Joy Caracciolo led BC with 10. Katie Zenevitch had eight points and 11 rebounds.
In the first half, Maryland scored eight points in a 21-second burst when Mincy scored on a 4-point play, Thomas followed with a layup four seconds later, and Kizer another layup 17 seconds later.
All 11 available Terrapins scored and pulled in a rebound in Thursday's game.
Maryland won the battle on the boards, 50-43, and in the paint, 38-14.
Next, the Terrapins will hit the road to take on No. 24 Georgia Tech (17-6, 7-3) Monday at 7 p.m. at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Gwinnett, Ga.
The Terps-Jackets game will be shown on the RSN family of networks, which includes Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas and the New England Sports Network, as well as ESPN3.com. For more information on where to watch, log on to TheACC.com and please check your local listings.
Maryland beat Georgia Tech, 77-74, on Jan. 6 in College Park. After the Terrapins trailed by as many as 20 in the second half, a jumper by Thomas gave them the lead for good with 17.0 seconds left in the game.
Maryland is ranked No. 9 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 10 in this week's ESPN/USA Today Division I Top 25 Coaches' poll. Georgia Tech is No. 24 in the AP rankings and No. 22 in the Coaches' poll.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.