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.