Things have come easy so far for the No. 6 Maryland women's basketball team.
The Terps breezed through another blowout Sunday, getting 23 points apiece from Brene Moseley and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough in a 106-30 romp over host UMES. Kiara Leslie scored 22 for Maryland (11-0), which set a school record for victory margin.
Things get far more difficult from here for the Terps. After a showdown with No. 1 Connecticut next Monday, Maryland opens Big Ten Conference play at Illinois.
"We needed our nonconference to grow as a team, to get our feet wet," coach Brenda Frese said. "We're ready now. We understand we're going into UConn and conference play and we know what to expect."
The Terps built a 40-point halftime lead and broke the century mark for the third time this season. After outscoring the Hawks 33-8 in the second quarter, Maryland closed the game with a 25-1 fourth quarter.
"I thought Maryland was incredible," UMES coach Fred Batchelor said. "It was a walk in the park for them. I think we were a little in awe of them and a little fearful."
Moengaroa Subritzky led the Hawks (3-9) with 12 points.
Maryland shot a season-best 68 percent, making 42 of 62 field-goal attempts. UMES shot 16 percent, making just 11 of 67 shots.
"I think we shared the ball well, did well technically and executed well," Leslie said. "Our nonconference games have prepared us for the big games coming up."
Walker-Kimbrough made 10 of 13 shots, Moseley made nine of 10, and Leslie was 8-for-11.
The Terps made 21 of 31 shots in building a 53-13 halftime lead.
Walker-Kimbrough scored 17 first-half points. The Hawks made only five of 36 attempts in the first half. Maryland scored the first 11 points and built an 18-2 lead. Walker-Kimbrough scored 10 of the Terps' first 14 points, and Maryland led 20-5 after one quarter. A 20-5 run to open the second quarter made it 40-10.
Sophomore guard Kristen Confroy started her first game of the season. Kiah Gillespie, who had started nine of the previous 10 games, did not start, but came off the bench to score nine points and grab six rebounds.
"Just finding the right combination in terms of what we're doing," Frese said.
UMBC 52, Loyola Maryland 46: Taylor McCarley finished with a game-high 18 points to help the Retrievers hold off the visiting Greyhounds.
UMBC used a 5-0 run in the fourth quarter behind a 3-pointer from McCarley and a long jumper from Pandora Wilson to break a tie at 37. The Retrievers (8-3) made 10 of 14 free-throw attempts in the final 2:14 en route to their sixth straight victory.
McCarley added five rebounds and three assists, while Wilson had 13 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Capree Garner finished with 10 points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks.
The Retrievers forced eight Greyhounds turnovers in the opening 10 minutes to take a one-point lead, 13-12. UMBC was scoreless for the remainder of the half, allowing the Greyhounds to close the gap to 23-21 at halftime.
UMBC ended the third quarter on a 7-1 run to take a 37-32 lead, but Loyola scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to knot the game at 37 with 7:33 to play.
The Greyhounds (3-7) were led by Steph Smith (12 points and seven rebounds), while Jeneh Perry added nine points and a game-high 18 rebounds.
Auburn 69, Towson 54: Jordyn Smith had a career-high 10 rebounds and Raven Bankston scored 19 points, but host Towson fell to Auburn.
A layup from Janiah McKay helped Auburn take an 11-4 lead with 5:41 left in the first quarter. After a timeout, Towson scored seven of the next 12 points, cutting the lead to 15-11 with 2:23 to go. A late 3-pointer from McKay gave Auburn a 21-13 lead.
Towson (2-7) began the second quarter on a 10-2 run and tied the game at 23 with 5:47 to go in the period. A layup from Brianna Bush pulled Towson to within three, 30-27, with 1:53 left, but that was Towson's final basket of the quarter. Auburn closed the quarter on a 7-0 run and took a 37-27 lead at the half.
Auburn's lead fluctuated between 11 and 18 points in the third quarter. Auburn shot 52.9 percent from the field in the third quarter and got 11 points from McKay, who finished with 23 to lead four Auburn players in double figures. Towson shot 35.3 percent from the field and got six points from Smith.
Auburn (9-2) pushed its lead to a game-high 23 points on Erica Sanders' basket with 4:33 to play. The teams traded 3-pointers in the final minute, as Towson got one from Breonn Hughey and Katie Frerking connected for Auburn.
Towson 88, Rio Grande 47: William Adala Moto scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds as the Tigers routed the Red Storm, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school.
Walter Foster added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Towson, which has won seven of its past eight.
John Davis and Byron Hawkins had 13 points apiece, and Mike Morsell added 11 for the Tigers (8-4). Towson's 41-point win is the fifth largest in program history.
Dwayne Bazemore scored 17 points to lead Rio Grande (19-12).
Morsell made a 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 run, and Towson led 27-13 midway through the first half. The Tigers built a 20-point halftime lead and doubled it to 40 with four minutes left.
Manhattan 78, Morgan State 66: Shane Richards made a career-high seven 3-pointers in matching his career-best 28 points, and the Jaspers defeated the host Bears.
Junior Rich Williams added 23 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for his second career doubledouble. Thomas Capuano added 10 points for Manhattan (3-7).
Richards scored 17 points and Williams had 14 in the first half, when the Jaspers took a 46-38 lead. Morgan State led only once, at 2-0.
Columbia's Cedric Blossom scored a season-high 25 points, Antonio Gillespie added 17 and Rasean Simpson had 13 for the Bears (2-7), who lost their fourth consecutive game. Morgan State got within five points, 66-61, with five minutes left in the game, but the Jaspers went on a 10-1 run to lead by 14 with 1:37 left.
UMES 79, American 64: Baltimore's Devin Martin scored a career-high 34 points as the Hawks beat the host Eagles.
American (2-8) held a 37-33 lead at halftime but committed 12 turnovers in the second half. The Hawks (2-10) finished the game with 15 steals and held a 39-13 edge in points off turnovers, including a 23-2 advantage at the break.
Martin scored 13 points in the opening seven minutes of the second half as UMES took a 54-44 lead with 13:14 to play. American cut the deficit to 66-61 with 5:17 left on a 3-pointer by Leon Tolksdorf, but that was as close as the Eagles came down the stretch.
Martin was 14-for-25 from the field and hit four 3-pointers to lead the Hawks, who shot 56 percent from the field. Dominique Elliott had 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Marko Vasic had 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting off the bench, and Paris Maragkos led three Eagles in double figures with 16 points.