Lady Terps dominate Holy Family in 99-44 victory in final exhibition game

On Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m., #6-ranked Maryland Terrapins Women’s Basketball hosted the Holy Family Tigers in their last exhibition game.  The Terps brought home a 99-44 victory over the Tigers at Comcast Center.

Starting for the Terps were seniors Alyssa Thomas, Katie Rutan, Alicia DeVaughn and sophomores Malina Howard and Chloe Pavlech.  Starting for the Tigers were Jill Conroy, Maggie Serratelli, Mary Ellen McCollum, Sarah Pawlak, and Carolyne Heston. Alyssa Thomas led the Terps with 20 points, going 2-2 behind the line, with 11 rebounds and a team high of five assists.  Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 14 points, while fellow freshman Lexie Brown had 10.  The Terps remained consistent between the two halves, making an average of 51.2% of their field goal attempts, but improved to 66.7% percent behind the line of free throws.  Alyssa Thomas was recently voted ACC Player of the Year, while Lexie Brown was named to the Blue Ribbon Panel’s ACC Newcomer Watch List.

Just 12 seconds into regulation play, Alyssa Thomas made a two-point jumper with an assist by Chloe Pavlech followed by a layup by Alicia DeVaughn, who was fouled by Mary Ellen McCollum on the play.  The field goal counted and DeVaughn went to the line to shoot one, turning the play into a total of three points, giving the Terps a 5-0 lead just 39 seconds into the game.

The Tigers managed to keep the Terrapins’ lead under control through most of the first half.  With a little over six minutes to go, freshman Briona Jones sank a layup, which catapulted the Terrapins into an 18-5 run to finish the half[A1] .  The halftime score was 45-23.  Coming back from halftime, Maryland continued their pace with a layup by Lexie Brown and pushed their lead to 66-33 with just under 11 minutes remaining.

This year the Lady Terps really have the depth to reach far into their bench and make plays that really work for them[A2] .  During the post-game press conference, Coach Brenda Freese said, “I saw a lot of great things with some different combinations and how we wanted to play.  I thought we were able to really do some great things on the glass in terms of how we went to the offensive boards.  This was just an opportunity to blend a lot of combinations together and I thought we did a good job overall.”

South Florida’s 2012-2013 record had them going 22-11, making it to the NCAA Tournament, only to fall to California in the 2nd Round during overtime.

The Terps will travel to Tampa on Friday, Nov. 8th to take on the University of South Florida Bulls; game time is 7 p.m.  For game updates, follow the Lady Terps on Twitter @UMDWBB or get live stat updates at http://www.umterps.com.  You can also view the game, streamed live for a fee, at http://www.GoUSFBulls.com

The Terrapins will be back at home on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. for their home opener against Loyola.  Tickets are available at http://www.UMTerps.com or by calling 1-800-IM-A-TERP.

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