COLLEGE PARK -- Not every little thing the Maryland women's basketball team did last night was magic during their 98-50 pasting of Loyola at Comcast Center.
Despite shooting a blistering percentage from the field, tying a school record for three-pointers and committing a season-low number of turnovers, the third-ranked Terps have one thing to work on during their West Coast Thanksgiving weekend trip.
There's still the matter of coordinating the post-basket chest bump during a timeout. Maryland's Laura Harper was so excited after teammate Emery Wallace's three-pointer with 7:30 to go that she knocked Wallace to the floor with the hardest contact any Terp encountered all night.
"We've got to work on those. They'll come along with everything else," Wallace said with a laugh.
Maryland's glee for Wallace was understandable. The 6-foot-1 redshirt freshman forward scored a career-high 18 points in 16 minutes, hitting all three of her three-point attempts, to cap a return to form after three knee surgeries in two years.
"It was awesome, and my teammates cheered me on," said Wallace, a Roanoke, Va., native. "It finally felt like I was in the zone that I haven't been in a year and a half, so it felt great to be in that zone again. It was awesome that my teammates wanted to give me the ball. It felt good."
Point guard Kristi Toliver, who played AAU basketball with Wallace, said, "We all love Emery very much. It was great to see her finally play like that again. ... It was great to see her contribute and play great for us."
The Terps, fresh off a win over then-No. 4 LSU in the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament on Sunday, scored off the opening tip and never looked back, taking a 12-point lead in the first five minutes, which grew to a 23-point advantage with six minutes to go in the half and a 26-point bulge at halftime.
Not only did every Maryland player who entered the lineup score, but all but three of them also hit three-pointers, as the Terps tied a school record for the second time in three games with 12 three-pointers.
For the game, Maryland shot 59 percent from the field and 57 percent from three-point range.
"They're a tremendous team," said Loyola coach Joe Logan, whose Greyhounds suffered a 55-point beating at home last season against Maryland. "It's a great experience for our kids to come in here. We're not going to see those types of athletes in our league for the rest of the season."
An anticipated reunion of former Towson Catholic teammates, Loyola freshman point guard Candice Walker and Maryland freshman shooting guard Marah Strickland, never materialized, as Walker played 13 minutes before leaving the game.
Walker said she tore a groin muscle in practice Sunday but wanted to play last night against her former high school teammate, who scored 12 points.
"We've been talking about this game since we both committed," said Walker, who was scoreless. "We kind of knew what it was going to be. If we keep working hard within these four years while Marah's at Maryland and I'm at Loyola, it might be a better competition."
Senior Vika Sholokhova had 20 points and five rebounds in the loss for Loyola.
LOYOLA-Grant 0-2 2-2 2, Wood 2-5 0-0 4, Walker 0-2 0-0 0, DiClemente 4-11 3-4 11, Alexander 1-7 0-0 2, Carey 0-3 1-2 1, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Prior 0-2 0-0 0, Tolley 2-3 0-0 5, Sholokhova 8-17 2-3 20, Berlin 0-0 1-2 1, Bangay 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 19-55 9-13 50. MARYLAND-Coleman 5-7 0-0 11, Perry 1-3 1-1 3, Harper 5-5 0-0 10, Strickland 5-11 0-0 12, Toliver 5-8 2-2 15, Lyons 2-4 0-0 6, Newman 2-6 3-3 7, Mingo 7-12 1-2 16, Wallace 6-8 3-3 18. Totals 38-64 10-11 98. Halftime-Maryland 51-25. 3-point goals-Loyola 3-20 (Sholokhova 2-5, Tolley 1-2, Walker 0-1, Prior 0-2, Alexander 0-5, DiClemente 0-5), Maryland 12-21 (Wallace 3-3, Toliver 3-4, Lyons 2-3, Strickland 2-5, Mingo 1-1, Coleman 1-2, Newman 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Loyola 22 (Sholokhova 5), Maryland 39 (Mingo, Newman 6). Assists-Loyola 7 (Prior 2), Maryland 23 (Lyons 8). Total fouls-Loyol 9, Maryland 11. A-5,150.