Maryland rides early run to beat Appalachian State

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Diandra Tchatchouang had 17 points and seven rebounds, Alyssa Thomas added 13 points and Maryland (No. 22 AP) rode a decisive run early in the second half to its sixth straight victory, 81-65 over Appalachian State on Sunday.

Maryland (7-1) opened the second half with a 14-2 burst, expanding a one-point halftime lead to 53-40. Thcatchouang scored eight points during the spree, which was capped by Natasha Cloud's transition layup with 15:50 remaining.

Lynetta Kizer had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Alicia DeVaughn grabbed 13 rebounds as the Terrapins improved to 4-0 all-time against the Mountaineers (6-2).

Ashlen Dewart and Sam Ramirez scored 15 points apiece for Appalachian State, which had a four-game winning streak halted.

Anna Freeman added 12 points and Canesha Edwards had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who finished 23 for 66 from the field.

After Ramirez's left-wing 3-pointer cut Maryland's lead to 34-32 with 5:10 remaining in the first half, the Mountaineers didn't score again from the floor the rest of the half.

Its 5-for-9 effort from beyond the arc, all the conversions coming from the left side, offset Appalachian State's 12-for-31 start from the floor and limited the Terrapins to a 39-38 lead at halftime.

Thomas scored 13 first-half points, including 11 straight midway through the opening 20 minutes, but the Mountaineers employed a spread zone that Maryland had troublepenetrating.

Tchatchouang's strong inside move opened the second-half scoring, and she added two baskets on layups and a jump-hook in the paint as the Terrapins took control.