Suffocative defense, fierce rebound force # 9 Maryland women winning the season opener

Suffocative defense, fierce rebound force # 9 Maryland women winning the season opener

The ninth-placed women's basketball team in Maryland kicked off the season with an overwhelming Coppin State (93-36), who stayed in the first half behind balanced points, stifling defense and aggressive rebound.

All 10 of the squad scored a goal for the Terrapins, who won their 10th consecutive win of the season. Maryland improved to 16-0 at the home opener at Xfinity Center, losing only one season opener since coach Brenda Frese took over in 2002-03.

A 15-3 pass at the end of the first quarter gave them a 31-13 advantage, bringing the results of the competition, which gave Maryland a 71-39 lead in the rebound, 33-13 offensively and 34-4 in points away sales. The Terrapins forced 20 turnovers and eight.

"Of course it was great to get so many players down and really involved," said Frese. "I think you can see the potential of this team with our veterinarians and our young players and the impact of growing together as a team.

"They look at our selflessness, we've supported over 66 percent of our buckets. I thought our offensive rebound was huge. "

Forward center Shakira Austin collected 21 rebounds at play, eight at the offensive end, as Maryland capsized with a second advantage of 28: 7 in the second chance. The Terrapins also used their distinct advantage in height and length to gain plus 22 points on the paint job.

Austin (Riverdale Baptist) is at the heart of yet another highly regarded freshman class under Frese. The 5-foot-5 McDonalds-American had seven blocks and offered an impressive presence on an upstream court.

Maryland is traditionally one of the best rebound teams in the country, and this season also has three-point firepower, especially with the arrival of Taylor Mikesell. The senior 5-11 Freshman Guard won a senior national high school three-point shooting contest in San Antonio.

Mikesell scored 18 points in the first quarter 10 of her game as she made two of her first three-point attempts. The Terrapins sank in the first trimester of three attempts with four pointers and finished the game 8 of 28 beyond the arc.

"They present a certain way, I think, when they come in," Frese said about the newcomers. "From Shakira and Taylor's end, they were more than ready and ready since they entered the campus. This applies to all the experiences that they have made up to that point. "

Junior Kaila Charles, the Terrapins' most talented all-rounder, had eleven points, seven rebounds and five assists. The second-grader's selection of the Big Ten of the first team was Maryland's top scorer in 2017/18, but Frese has commissioned Charles to contribute in a different way this season.

Charles, the All-Met Player of the Year in Washington senior at Riverdale Baptist, had two of Maryland's nine steals against the Eagles, who fired 25 percent and 5 out of 19 (28 percent) out of the free throw line. She was one of Maryland's best-rated recruiting class as a freshman.

"That's our goal for the entire season, that all play an important role, because we have so many weapons inside and out," said Charles. "We have to be able to use that to be good as a team and go far."

Junior striker Stephanie Jones, the younger sister of former Terrapin center Brionna Jones, scored 17 points and 12 rebounds and steal three steals.

The comfortable win also included the first game by Blair Watson. The junior guard and former McDonalds American pulled the ACL in the right knee in January and missed the last 17 games of the season.

"It took a long time to get back to the field," said Watson, who underwent surgery on 6 February. "Being in the shade in any case gave me a different perspective for the game and an appreciation for it – it was kind of surreal to be back out tonight, just having fun with my teammates was very, very special "

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