The No. 8 Maryland women's basketball team fought through foul trouble and early shooting woes as newcomers and players returning from injuries led the Terps to a 78-70 season-opening win at South Florida on Friday night.
Redshirt junior Laurin Mincy scored 15 points in her return from an anterior cruciate ligament tear early last season. Freshman Shatori-Walker Kimbrough added 12 points and fellow freshman Lexie Brown added 11 points and six assists. Redshirt sophomore Brene Moseley, also coming off a knee injury, made free throws down the stretch to finish with 10 points.
"USF is a really good team," coach Brenda Frese said. "Obviously, we were able to show our depth. I thought our young kids were fantastic, maybe youthful bliss of not knowing what to expect. I thought they came in and they were big-time. Our bench depth was a big reason for our success. Just two great teams — we knew it would be tough coming in here. They made a ton of runs at us and I thought we were able to keep our composure and make plays down the stretch."
Maryland used a late 15-2 surge to take a 43-28 halftime lead. The Terps shot just 38 percent from the field in the first half and committed 15 team fouls.
USF rallied in the second half and pulled to 72-68 when Inga Orekhova made two free throws with 40.3 seconds remaining. Alyssa Thomas responded by making a pair free throws 20 seconds later.
As a team, Maryland shot over 82 percent (23-for-28) from the foul line for the game. Moseley was 8-for-8 from the line.
Courtney Williams had 21 points for South Forida, and Orekhova, who averaged 12.7 points last season, finished with two points.
The Terps will welcome Loyola in their home opener Sunday at 2 p.m. After the game, all fans are invited to stay for the Meet the Team event in the arena.
Navy 56, Towson 55: Tanisha McTiller went 1-for-2 from the foul line with seven seconds left as the host Tigers' rally fell short.
McTiller finished with a game-high 21 points for Towson (0-1). Audrey Bauer (18 points) hit a layup for a 56-52 Navy lead with 1:02 left in the game.
The lead went back in forth in the first half, until Navy's M.L. Morrison made a layup to make it 15-13 with 8:13 left in the half. The Mids (1-0) never trailed again.
Kyra Coleman had 19points for Coppin State. Larissa Carter added 13 points and Bria Harris had 10.
Saint Joseph's 85, Mount St. Mary's 57: The host Hawks (1-0) shot 50.9 percent from the field to beat the Mount (0-1) in the Preseason WNIT first- round game.
The Mount (0-1) finished with three players scoring in double figures, including 21 from Sydney Henderson, 13 from Jessie Kaufman and a career-high 10 from Jody Chickey off the bench. The Hawks (1-0) were paced by five double-digit scorers led by 17 from Sarah Fairbanks.
Bowie State 69, Nyack 61: The host Bulldogs (1-0) used a strong run that bridged the halves to beat the Warriors (0-1).
Denver Clyde (North County) led the way for the Lady Bulldogs with a double double of 17 points off 5-for-11 shooting from the field to go with 13 rebounds and three steals. Jasmine McIntosh added 15 points while Ashley Castle chipped in 10 points and a team-high four assists.
USC Upstate 87, UMES 83: Jessica Long went 1-for-2 to give the host Hawks (0-1) an 83-82 lead with 47 seconds left, but the Bears (1-0) went on a 5-0 run to close out the win.