Sophomore guard Alyssa Thomas scored 17 points to help lead the No. 6 Maryland women's basketball over host American, 76-42, on Sunday.
Teammates Laurin Mincy (13points), Lynetta Kizer (11), Anjalé Barrett (10) and Brene Mosely (10) also finished in double figures as the Terrapins (9-0) built a big lead early on their way to overpowering the Eagles (5-4).
Maryland gave its best defensive effort of the season, surrendering a season-low point total while holding American to 30 percent shooting from the field, including 2-for-22 from 3-point range.
The Eagles have failed to score more than 55 points in any of their past five games.
The Terps also dominated the boards with a 42-29 advantage. Alicia DeVaughn led with nine rebounds.
The Terps made the most of a number of high-percentage shot opportunites, scoring 42 points in the paint.
Thomas scored 15 of her points, including eight of the Terps' first 12, in the first half to help lead the blowout.
Her performance Sunday followed one of her best at Maryland, in which she scored a season-high 24 points Wednesday night at home in a 74-65 win over Michigan in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Terps also held a 16-7 advantage in assists. Moseley led the team with five off the bench, while Thomas added four.
The Eagles committed 17 turnovers to Maryland's 13. The Terps capitalized with 27 points off turnovers.
American dropped to 1-16 all time against the Terps. Geleisia George led the Eagles with 10 points.
The victory continued the Terps' best start since they began with 2007-08 season with 10 straight wins. That Maryland squad reached the NCAA regional final.
Towson 65, James Madison 58: Senior guards Deree Fooks and Krystal Parnell scored 13 points each to help lift the host Tigers over the Dukes in the Colonial Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Towson (5-2, 1-0 CAA) finished with an 11-4 run to seal the victory after James Madison (5-1, 0-1) tied it at 54 with just over two minutes remaining. The victory was just the Tigers' third all time against the Dukes.
Redshirt sophomore Nyree Williams had a strong performance for the Tigers, with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Fooks and Parnell also helped give Towson a 45-38 advantage in rebounds, as they grabbed 13 and eight, respectively.
Guard Tarik Hislop led James Madison with 14 points, although she shot just 6-for-24 from the field.
Towson's defense hampered every one of the Dukes, as they shot 31.9percent from the field and just 2 of 18 from 3-point range.
Lauren Whitehurst added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jasmine Gill chipped in with 10 points for James Madison.
The Tigers led throughout the second half, building a 49-41 lead with nine minutes left. However, the Dukes responded with a 13-5 run capped when Hislop converted a steal into a layup to tie the game at 54 with 2:27 left.
Towson's 12 second-half turnovers helped James Madison get back into the game.
However, the Tigers regained control of the game from the free-throw line. After losing the lead, they scored their final 11 points from the line, shooting 11 of 12 to seal the win.
Parnell went 8-for-8 from the lineduring the closing run. She went only 1-for-7 from the field but made 11 free throws.
The Tigers finished with 25 points from the line to the Dukes' 12.
The first half was very similar to the second, as Towson built a modest lead only to have James Madison fight its way back to a tie.
Towson will go back out of conference for its next game when it travels to meet rival Coppin State on Wednesday.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun