In one of its final tuneups before the start of Atlantic Coast Conference play, the eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team used Alyssa Thomas' third career tripledouble and balanced scoring to pull away from Siena, 105-49, on Monday night in front of an announced 1,901 at Comcast Center.
Thomas finished with 12 points and game highs of 13 rebounds and 11 assists, matching a career high. She briefly left the game with 5:32 left in regulation and the Terps (9-1) ahead 96-41, but re-entered to deliver a pass to freshman center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) for a layup.
That assist produced the fourth tripledouble in the history of the women's program and the sixth overall for Maryland, men or women. Thomas had her two other tripledoubles last season on the way to winning ACC Player of the Year honors for a second consecutive season.
"I really didn't know until I was sitting on the bench, and they told me I needed one more assist," said Thomas, who shot 6-for-11 and added four steals. "So when I went in I just told my teammates I needed one more to get 10, and they just focused in and helped me get that last one. The whole night they were just knocking down shots."
In reaching a season high in points, the Terps won their seventh in a row in the second game of a season-long five-game home stand, getting double figures from six players and scoring from 11. They made a season-best 10 of 15 (67 percent) from 3-point range, shot 60 percent overall to equal a season best, and went 17-for-20 from the free-throw line in moving to 4-0 all-time against their opponent, from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Junior guard Laurin Mincy notched a season- and game-high 21 points in 22 minutes on 7-for-11 shooting, including 4-for- 5 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the foul line. Sophomore guard Brene Moseley added 13 points and five assists, going 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line.
Maryland owned a staggering margin in virtually every statistical category, beginning with 47-5 in points off turnovers and 30-3 on the fast break. The Terps had season highs of 30 assists and 17 steals, forced a season-high 29 turnovers and held a 54-10 advantage in points in the paint.
"We spent a lot of time talking about not having letups, not playing the score," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I want to frame this box score. It's as close to a perfect game for us in terms of just locking in on both ends of the floor and not playing the score but playing to get better."
Maryland separated midway through the first half with a pair of 7-0 runs before heading into the break scoring 10 of the final 11 points. Then the Terps pushed their advantage to 56-26 with eight consecutive points to open the second half.
Siena (4-4) managed six field goals in the second half and shot 28 percent for the game. Freshman guard Brianna Logan was the only Saints player to score in double figures, finishing with 12 points on 3-for-10 shooting.
"I would say it's just coming in and being confident," said Mincy, who was five points from a career high in points. "Just playing and not worrying about making mistakes."
Towson 76, LIU Brooklyn 56: A strong second-half performance lifted the host Tigers (4-5) over the Blackbirds (0-8). Towson had four players score in double figures for the second straight game, led by guards Tanisha McTiller and Dominique Johnson, who scored 17 points each.
"We talked at halftime about bringing a sense of urgency and we focused on that in the second half," Towson coach Niki Reid Geckeler said. "We picked up our defensive effort in the second half. Nyree Williams had an incredible performance for us today all over the court. Johnson is our leader on the court, and she showed that again today."
The two sides traded baskets early in second half, and LIU Brooklyn held a 38-35 lead after a jumper by Demi Tomlinson at 15:08. Towson responded with an 11-2 run to take a 46-40 lead with 12:27 to play. Johnson hit a pair of 3s for the Tigers during that run. Roberts scored the game's next four points from the foul line to cut the Blackbirds' deficit to 46-44 with 10:37 remaining in the game. However, that was as close as the Blackbirds would get.
Towson scored 11 of the next 13 points in the game to take a 57-46 lead with 6:20 to play. Junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen had four of the Tigers' 11 during that stretch. LIU Brooklyn cut its deficit to 57-48 with 6:06 to play on Letava Whippy's jumper. But Towson closed the game on a 19-8 run to secure the victory.
Johnson added five assists and three rebounds to her point total. McTiller had seven rebounds and four assists in addition to her 17 points. Hines-Allen finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two steals. Williams had a dominating all-around performance and posted her second straight doubledouble in the process. She contributed 10 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and seven steals.
George Washington 56, Loyola Maryland 50: Juniors Nai Brown and Kara Marshall scored 32 of the Greyhounds' points in a loss to the host Colonials (5-4).
Brown recorded the first double double of her career, with 22 points and 11 rebounds. She pulled Loyola (2-7) within three points with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game.
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun