COLLEGE PARK - - Tianna Hawkins was a little nervous as she sat on the bench at the start of Maryland's first exhibition game on Wednesday night. But once the freshman forward took the floor against Bowie State, she looked calm and confident. Hawkins made her first six shots and scored a game-high 20 points in the Terrapins' 90-48 victory over the Bulldogs at Comcast Center.
Hawkins, a Washington Post All-Met player from Riverdale Baptist, is one of six newcomers on Maryland's 10-player roster. Two of them - redshirt senior guard Lori Bjork, a transfer from Illinois, and freshman forward Diandra Tchatchouang - joined sophomores Lynetta Kizer, Anjal? Barrett and Yemi Oyefuwa in the starting lineup against the Bulldogs, who were picked to finish first in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Bjork finished with 10 points, and Tchatchouang had nine. Freshman point guard Dara Taylor had nine assists and three steals off the bench.
"I thought [what was] key for us was just seeing so many new players come out and play with the confidence they did," said Terps coach Brenda Frese, whose team is two spots outside the Top 25 in the preseason Associated Press poll.
"I thought our freshmen didn't play like freshmen," she said. "That's what we're going to have to have throughout the course of the season."
During one five-minute span in the first half, Hawkins scored 13 straight points for the Terps; she made three jump shots from the baseline and two shots in the paint. Overall, she grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked a shot and had one steal.
Frese said she likes Hawkins' "versatility, the fact that she can go inside and outside and is really very active on the glass. That's what we've got to be able to have from a rebounding end, to have her crashing the glass and giving us second-chance opportunities."
Maryland had used all 10 of its players by the midway point of the first half, and for one brief stretch had five players on the court who did not play for last season's ACC championship team. There were times when sophomore guard Kim Rodgers, who made four three-pointers and scored 18 points in just 16 minutes, looked around and found herself surrounded by rookies on the floor.
"It's much different than the last couple of years, with having Marissa [Coleman] and KT [Kristi Toliver] and all the upperclassmen," Rodgers said. "We've all had to take on different roles, and everybody has had to become leaders, not just one person. The whole team has to fill in for each other."
Junior forward Teaunsha Robinson (Poly) had 10 points and six rebounds for Bowie State.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.