#5 Terrapins Crush Delaware State, 108-33
Dec. 8, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Eight players scored in double figures for the fifth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team, as the Terps crushed Delaware State, 108-33. When the final buzzer mercifully sounded, the Terrapins had produced the biggest rout in the history of the women's program.
Laurin Mincy led with 15 points, while Brene Moseley, Tianna Hawkins, Alicia DeVaughn and Anjale Barrett each had 13. Sequoia Austin had a career-high 12. Alyssa Thomas and Essence Townsend added 10 apiece.
"You can just see what makes this team so special," Frese said. "We had a lot of fun tonight. The unselfish play, obviously, when you look at the box and see eight players in double figures. I liked the fact that we competed for 40 minutes, defensively and offensively, not looking at the score."
The Terrapins (10-0) connected on 13 of their first 18 shots and shot 67 percent from the floor in taking a 57-14 halftime lead. Maryland made as many baskets (24) in the first half as the turnover-prone Hornets (2-7) attempted.
The 75-point victory topped the Terrapins' previous high of 71 points, set in 1975 against Frostburg State and matched in 1993 against Maryland-Eastern Shore.
"I realize they're a very good team, but I didn't realize how good they were until the kids got on the floor," Hornets coach Ed Davis said of the Terps. "They executed like a ranked team, and unfortunately we played like an extremely unranked team."
Maryland went 43 of 65 from the floor (66 percent), finished with a 48-20 rebounding advantage, limited the Hornets to 20 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers -- including six shot-clock violations in the first half alone.
The Terrapins ruled every facet of the game, including the duel between twin sisters Tianna Hawkins and Tierra Hawkins. Tianna had 13 points and nine rebounds for Maryland, and Tierra, who came in as Delaware State's leading scorer and rebounder, was limited to seven points (on 3-for-17 shooting) and six boards.
"It felt really good," Tianna said. "We've both been waiting for this moment since the schedule was released."
Frese said, "Tremendous to see. They've been battling together since they've been in the womb."
After Tasia Bristow hit a 3-pointer to give Delaware State a 3-2 lead, Maryland took over. Mincy scored to spark an 8-0 run, and after the Hornets closed to 12-7, seven different Terrapins scored in a 19-2 run that made it 31-9.
Delaware State went 5 for 24 from the field with 12 turnovers in the first half and made only one field goal during the final 12½ minutes.
Next, the Terrapins will travel to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason (6-1) Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Patriot Center. The game will be broadcast live on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network and can be heard on ESPN 1300 Baltimore, 570 AM, 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM and 930 WFMD.
Maryland is ranked No. 5 in the latest Associated Press rankings and is back in the AP top five for the first time since it ended the 2008-09 season ranked No. 3. The Terps come in at No. 6 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Top 25 Coaches' poll.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.