No. 11 Maryland downs Georgetown
Thomas recorded 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Terrapins
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins both had double-doubles, and No. 10 Maryland shut down 11th-ranked Georgetown, 72-53 Sunday at the Comcast Center.
Thomas had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Hawkins contributed 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Terrapins (2-0), who never trailed. Alicia DeVaughn added 14 points and Anjale Barrett had 10.
"We're just extremely proud for our team and excited for them," head coach Brenda Frese said. "This work started in our offseason. This is why these girls are so much fun to coach. When you talk about how hungry they stayed in the offseason, to prepare themselves for this season."
"Obviously, this was a terrific team win, the balance that we had, the defense we displayed. We played a very talented team. I think that for Georgetown's quest they're now the seeing the flip side of it, in terms of playing with expectations and how you have to play with a target on your back."
The Terrapins lost to Georgetown twice last year, including 79-57 at home in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Hoyas guard Sugar Rodgers scored 34 points in that one, but she had only four on 1-for-12 shooting Sunday before fouling out with 20.4 seconds left. The junior guard missed her first seven shots and was held scoreless until making her only basket, a layup with 8:08 remaining.
Thomas and Hawkins were the obvious stars, but Laurin Mincy did her part with an outstanding defensive effort on Rodgers. Mincy spent most of the game hounding Rodgers, getting relief only briefly from teammate Kim Rodgers. Maryland opened with a tight man-to-man defense in which Mincy tirelessly shadowed Rodgers from baseline to baseline and helped the Terrapins go up 12-6 early in the game.
Hawkins scored nine points, Thomas and DeVaughn each had eight, and the Terrapins forced 12 turnovers in taking a 34-26 halftime lead.
Maryland led 46-36 before Hawkins made a free throw, Thomas hit a jumper and Kim Rodgers buried a 3-pointer to make it 52-36. Minutes later, Hawkins hit a jumper and Mincy connected from long range to put the Terps up by 20.
Tia Magee led Georgetown (1-1) with 17 points and Rubylee Wright had 13.
The Terrapins dominated the inside game. They outrebounded the Hoyas, 42-31, and had 32 points in the paint to Georgetown's 20.
Maryland capitalized off the Hoyas' 18 turnovers, by scoring 24 points off their giveaways.