No. 9 Maryland women’s basketball rolls past Quinnipiac, 107-52, for fourth straight win
By DAVID GINSBURG
Nov 24, 2019 at 3:50 PM
COLLEGE PARK — A loss and a stressful victory earlier in the season helped make the Maryland women’s basketball team better moving forward.
Wasting no time in taking control against Quinnipiac, the ninth-ranked Terps built a big lead early and rolled to a 107-52 victory Sunday.
Maryland (5-1) led 24-7 after the first quarter and by 21 at halftime in its fourth straight victory.
Two weeks earlier, the Terps plodded through a 63-54 defeat at home against then-No. 9 South Carolina. Maryland then squeezed past James Madison by two points after trailing by 19 in the fourth quarter.
Coach Brenda Frese and her players reacted accordingly.
“The great thing about this team is they're hungry and they're humbled,” Frese said. “I think both those games have really impacted us.”
The Terps followed the loss with three straight blowout wins, quickly ending any suspense by taking charge at the outset. Maryland outscored Delaware, George Washington and Quinnipiac in the first quarter by a collective 76-26 score.
“You can take a lot of team's will out early when you have those kind of starts,” Frese said. “I just love seeing the growth of our team.”
Against Quinnipiac, Shakira Austin scored all 16 of her points in the first half. The 6-foot-5 went 7 for 8 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds to help Maryland finish with a 41-31 advantage on the boards.
Six players scored in double figures for Maryland, including freshmen Ashley Owusu with 19 and Diamond Miller with 17. The taller Terps had 56 points in the paint compared with 16 for the Bobcats.
“We definitely realized from the jump they don't have the height to stop us inside,” Austin said.
Cur'Tiera Haywood led Quinnipiac (1-3) with nine points. The Bobcats have reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons but are off to a slow start in coach Tricia Fabbri's 25th season at the school.
Fabbri used 10 players in the first quarter trying to find the right combination and get a feel for her team before the three-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference defending champs begin league play.
“This is what this program has been built on for years and years, playing games like this,” Fabbri said. “A huge opportunity, but with that opportunity comes a bigger challenge.”
Quinnipiac opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, then missed its next six shots while Maryland got points from four different players in a 15-0 run.