No. 8 Maryland women overpower Delaware St 93-44
TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas shook off early foul trouble to finish with 18 points and 10 rebounds, helping No. 8 Maryland rout Delaware State 93-44 Saturday night for its eighth straight victory.
Thomas was on the bench after picking up a pair of early fouls when Maryland (10-1) finished the first half on a 21-6 run, extending a 24-16 lead. Seven different Terrapins scored during the burst, led by five points from Tierney Pfirman.
Raven Bankston led Delaware State (3-5) with 22 points. The Hornets shot only 24 percent (15 for 62) from the field.
Maryland improved to 4-0 against Delaware State.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 13 points and Lexie Brown 11 for Maryland. Malina Howard added 10 points.
The Terrapins scored 22 points off 18 Hornet turnovers and outrebounded the visitors 64-33.
Maryland's edge in size, speed and depth was no match for the Hornets' patient offensive attack early on. The Terrapins led 45-22 at halftime, ending the opening 20 minutes on a 21-6 run and holding Delaware State without a field goal after Bankston's left-side bank shot with 6:00 left in the first half.
The Terrapins played most of the first half without leading scorer Thomas, who picked up her second personal foul three minutes into the game while fighting for a loose ball on the Delaware State baseline and sat on the bench for the remainder of the half.
But Delaware State couldn't capitalize on her absence as Maryland flexed its muscle on defense and scored in waves.