Senior Alyssa Thomas scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed her 1,000th rebound as No. 8 Maryland routed the visiting College of Charleston, 103-51, on Sunday in the Terrapin Classic championship game in College Park.
With 10 rebounds, Thomas became the fifth player in Maryland history — male or female — to reach 1,000 in a career. Len Elmore, Crystal Langhorne, Marissa Coleman and Tianna Hawkins are the others to reach that mark. Thomas also recorded her 12th straight doubledouble and 50th of her career.
Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 15 points for her fourth straight game in double figures and 10th in her 13 career games. Sophomore Tierney Pfirman scored 10 points for the Terps (12-1).
Maryland has defeated its last four opponents, all at home, by an average of 53.5 points, and played its most dominant first half of the season Sunday, taking a 54-15 lead before the break.
"I thought this was just a great weekend," coach Brenda Frese said. "When you talk about the first half that is probably the best basketball that we've played. To be able to see us really continue to play together as a team, I thought was really special to be able to watch us click on all cylinders. The fact that it's on both ends of the floor, offensively and defensively, continuing to share the basketball and play better defense was a great weekend to show that as we get ready for conference play."
Afreyea Tolbert scored 20 points for Charleston (7-5). Tolbert was the only Charleston player to make a field goal in the first half. The 54 points were the most they allowed and the 15 the fewest they scored in a half this season.
Tolbert's teammates were 0-for-21 from the field in the first 20 minutes, before Breanna Bolden, who finished with 11 points, hit an inside basket that made it 58-19 early in the second half.
Thomas' performance came a day after posting her second triple double of the season in a semifinal victory over Wofford.
And by the time Bolden made her first field goal Sunday, Thomas had scored 22 points, including 20 before halftime, turning from facilitator to scorer a day after contributing 10 assists.
Thomas had already hit three inside baskets before Tolbert made Charleston's first field goal 5:31 in. Later in the half, she scored eight consecutive points for Maryland as the lead grew to 45-13.
Thomas was named Terrapin Classic Most Valuable Player, and Walker-Kimbrough and Pfirman each made the All-Tournament team, as did Tolbert. Howard's Victoria Gonzalez and Wofford's Jordan Frazier also were named to the All-Tournament team.
Thomas became the fifth player in Maryland women's basketball history to reach the 1,900-point mark Sunday with her 28 points. She now has 1,920 career points and is behind Vicky Bullett (1,928), Kristi Toliver (2,078), Coleman (2,205) and Langhorne (2,247).
Navy 72, Marshall 68: Junior Chloe Stapleton hit eight 3-pointers and senior Kara Pollinger, playing 30 miles from her hometown, had 15 points and six rebounds to help the visiting Mids (8-3) beat the Thundering Herd (5-6).
Alabama 82, Coppin St. 60: Senior Kyra Coleman became the 13th women's player in Coppin State history to score 1,000 career points, but the Eagles (4-8) lost to the Crimson Tide (7-6) in the consolation game of Virginia's Cavalier Classic.
Norfolk State 56, UMBC 43: The Retrievers dropped their 10th straight game after a season-opening win, losing to the Spartans (5-6) in the first game of the James Madison Invitational.
Junior Melanie Mocniak (St. Mary's) led Salisbury with a career-high 12 points and a team-high six rebounds.
The game was tied at 36 at halftime.
Junior Sarah Seipp was the only other Salisbury (4-5) player to reach double digits, as she netted 10 points in the contest. The Gaithersburg, Md., native netted each of her points in the first half.
Richard Amardi added a career-high 16 points for Oregon (12-0), which came in leading the nation in scoring at 90.3 points per game. Damyean Dotson contributed 15 points and Jason Calliste led the reserves with 10 points.
Justin Black scored 22 points to lead Morgan State (3-9). Anthony Hubbard added 15 points off the bench, and 7-1 center Ian Chiles finished with 13 points and five blocks.
Amardi, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, came in averaging 6.4 points but eclipsed that mark midway through the first half. Amardi finished with 12 points in the opening 20 minutes and Young had 17 as the Ducks surged to a 54-30 lead at the break.
The Ducks blew the game open by holding Morgan State to one field goal in the final 61/2 minutes of the first half. The Bears played Oregon even in the second half, outscoring the Ducks 46-43.
American 71, UMES 58: Freshman Hakeem Baxter had a team-high 13 points and five rebounds, but the host Hawks (2-8) lost to the Eagles (4-7).
Williams 84, Washington College 76: The Ephs (8-1), ranked No. 5 in Division III, withstood a strong second-half effort by the Shoremen (2-5) in the first round of the Washington and Lee Holiday Tournament.
Freshman guard Bryan Shapiro scored a career-high 18 points for Washington College, knocking down six of his seven 3-point attempts. He also had four assists.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun