Maryland center Brionna Jones could only giggle at the comparison.
“Like PT boats attacking a battleship,” New Mexico State coach Mark Trakh said in describing the destruction the 6-foot-3 Jones inflicted on his shorter, slighter players as top-seeded Maryland won its NCAA tournament opener Saturday.
All season, the Terps have won by continually switching guises. As if to prove that versatility, they beat New Mexico State with a bruising inside attack in the first half and a barrage of jumpers in the second.
It added up to a 75-57 victory over the hard-nosed Aggies, who tried their best to harass Maryland (31-2) out of its usual patterns. A No. 16 seed has...