COLLEGE PARK – From the opening tip, the game between the No. 7 University of Maryland-College Park and University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) basketball teams was a lopsided affair.
Maryland forced 19 turnovers, outrebounded UMBC 44-28, shot more than 50 percent from the field, regularly attacked the paint and used its considerable height advantage to cruise to an easy 92-61 win over UMBC at the Xfinity Center on Dec. 2.
Forward Stephanie Jones poured in a team-high 17 points along with five rebounds to lead a balanced offensive attack for UMD, which had five players score in double digits.
Terps forward Shakira Austin was the only double-double performer with 15 points and 11 boards. Sara Vujacic chipped in 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc to go with three assists, and guards Kaila Charles and Taylor Mikesell scored 11 apiece for the Terps (8-0), who improve to 12-0 in their all-time series against the Retrievers (6-3).
“I love the start to the game. It was a strong run,” Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese said.
“We were really able to force a lot of turnovers. I loved our ball security in this game (and) our two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio. I thought we got a lot of valuable minutes today from the bench, you know, being able to have every player come in to score and really be able to extend the lead.”
UMD moved the ball well, creating numerous easy scoring opportunities to put themselves in a comfortable position early.
The Terps’ 58-30 halftime lead grew in the second half as they finished with 50 points in the paint, 20 second-chance points and 45 bench points.
Leading the way for UMBC was Dominika Skrocka, who shot 6-of-7 from deep to finish with a game-high 18 points, two rebounds and an assist in 24 minutes on the floor.
UMBC Head Coach Phil Stern said he was proud of his team’s effort.
“I thought we fought for quarters. We came in knowing they’re bigger, faster, stronger,” Stern said.
“But we executed well offensively, got some backdoors where we wanted, got some open threes, and defensively drew four charges. There’s nothing we can do about that size advantage…I thought we should gain a lot of confidence from this.”
Maryland will host non-conference opponent James Madison at the Xfinity Center on Dec. 8 at noon.