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State women: Terps defeat Syracuse, 89-64, break ACC slide at 3 games

Thomas has 5th career triple double; Brown scores career-best 31

From Sun staff reports

1:27 AM EST, February 3, 2014

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National Player of the Year candidate Alyssa Thomas had her fifth career triple double and freshman Lexie Brown added a career-high 31 points as No. 8 Maryland (17-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) cruised to an 89-64 win over host Syracuse (16-6, 5-4) on Sunday.

Coming off three straight ACC losses, the Terps shot 35-for-57 from the field to take a double-digit lead in the first 10 minutes and extend it in the second half.

The Orange took an early 8-4 lead on a three-point play, then missed seven shots and committed four turnovers as Maryland's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough contributed nine straight points in a 20-5 run.

Maryland pushed its lead to 17 at 46-29 at the half. Thomas had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for her third triple double this year.

She is among just five players in NCAA history with five or more triple doubles in a career.

Thomas is tied with Kristi Toliver for No. 3 all-time at Maryland with 2,078 points and Tianna Hawkins for third in rebounding with 1,075.

Brown went 11-for-13 from the field and 7-for-8 from outside the arc for her career-high 31 and added seven assists as the Terps had notched 25 assists on 35 field goals.

Freshman Brionna Jones (Aberdeen), who made her first career start Sunday, added 10 points, and freshman Walker-Kimbrough had 17, including 14 in the first half.

"Everybody contributed," coach Brenda Frese said.

"They did a tremendous job sharing the basketball. For Lexie, it was fun to be able to watch. It's a great road win, but now for us every game you've got to get ready to play."

Delaware 69, Towson 44: The visiting Blue Hens (13-6, 5-3 Colonial Athletic Association) opened the game on a 24-7 run and foiled a second-half comeback attempt by the Tigers (9-11, 3-4).

Tanisha McTiller led the Tigers with 18 points.