7:00 PM ET, December 8, 2011
XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland coach Brenda Frese emptied her bench, and even the backups kept putting the ball in the basket against defenseless Delaware State.When the final buzzer mercifully sounded, the Terrapins (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) had produced the biggest rout in the history of the women's program.Laurin Mincy scored 15 points, one of eight players to reach double figures for Maryland in a 108-33 victory Thursday night."You can just see what makes this team so special," Frese said. "We had a lot of fun tonight. The unselfish play, obviously, when you look at the box and see eight players in double figures. I liked the fact that we competed for 40 minutes, defensively and offensively, not looking at the score."The Terrapins (10-0) connected on 13 of their first 18 shots and shot 67 percent from the floor in taking a 57-14 halftime lead. Maryland made as many baskets (24) in the first half as the turnover-prone Hornets attempted.The 75-point victory topped the Terrapins' previous high of 71 points, set in 1975 against Frostburg State and matched in 1993 against Maryland-Eastern Shore."We've been challenging this team," Frese said. "What makes this game satisfying is we just continued to play hard for 40 minutes."Delaware State (2-7) has lost seven straight."I realize they're a very good team, but I didn't realize how good they were until the kids got on the floor," Hornets coach Ed Davis said of the Terps. "They executed like a ranked team, and unfortunately we played like an extremely unranked team."Delaware State doesn't have a senior on the squad, and it showed."I don't use excuses," Davis said. "We just right now have a lot of problems defensively with the young kids. We will make the corrections."Maryland went 43 of 65 from the floor (66 percent), finished with a 48-20 rebounding advantage, limited the Hornets to 20 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers -- including six shot-clock violations in the first half alone.The Terrapins ruled every facet of the game, including the duel between twin sisters Tianna Hawkins and Tierra Hawkins. Tianna had 13 points and nine rebounds for Maryland, and Tierra, who came in as Delaware State's leading scorer and rebounder, was limited to seven points (on 3-for-17 shooting) and six boards."It felt really good," Tianna said. "We've both been waiting for this moment since the schedule was released."Frese said, "Tremendous to see. They've been battling together since they've been in the womb."It was the third meeting between the schools, and the third Maryland blowout. The Terrapins won 73-46 in 2008 and beat the Hornets 79-49 on the road in 2010.After Tasia Bristow hit a 3-pointer to give Delaware State a 3-2 lead, Maryland took over. Mincy scored to spark an 8-0 run, and after the Hornets closed to 12-7, seven different Terrapins scored in a 19-2 run that made it 31-9.Delaware State went 5 for 24 from the field with 12 turnovers in the first half and made only one field goal during the final 12½ minutes.
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