COLLEGE PARK — In their first four games, the No. 3 Maryland women’s basketball team has won by an average of 31 points. After its latest win, a 98-57 romp over Mount St. Mary’s, coach Brenda Frese said that the team’s biggest victory of the season wasn’t good enough for her.
“I still wasn’t pleased tonight,” Frese said. “If there’s a team that’s a lesser opponent than us, we’re looking for perfection in everything that we’re doing.”
Angel Reese scored 18 points and had a career-high 15 rebounds, Mimi Collins scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Ashley Owusu had 16 as Maryland rolled over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday night.
Katie Benzan had 14 points and eight assists. Chloe Bibby added 13 points and nine rebounds. and Shyanne Sellers had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Mount St. Mary’s was led by Aryna Taylor’s 21 in a rematch of last season’s first-round NCAA tournament matchup. Kendall Bresee had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Maryland (4-0) scored the game’s first 16 points and didn’t allow a field goal until Taylor hit a 3-pointer with 2:13 left in the first quarter.
The Terps led 23-7 after one, and increased their lead to 53-28 at halftime, shooting 61.1% in the first half.
Mount St. Mary’s (1-2), which rolled over Division III Valley Forge, 102-15, on Saturday, had no answer for bigger, more athletic Maryland. The Terps outrebounded the Mount 51-31.
“We’ve just got to make it uneasy,” Mount St. Mary’s coach Antoine White said. “Some of their looks were a little bit too easy.”
Owusu, who rolled her left ankle early in the third quarter in Sunday’s game at James Madison, practiced on Monday, and showed no ill effects during her time in the game.
Maryland played without star junior guard Diamond Miller, who’s missed the first four games with a sore right knee.
Mount St. Mary’s: After their lopsided win against overmatched Valley Forge, and this difficult loss against a highly ranked team, the Mount has two games, against Lehigh and Howard that they should be competitive in.
Maryland: The Terps continue to methodically defeat their opponents, and beginning Sunday face a tough week of games against No. 6 Baylor, No. 5 NC State and No. 7 Stanford.
Frese had no complaints about how quickly Maryland began the game.
“I loved our start,” Frese said. “I loved that first quarter. When you’re talking about seven points, I thought it was a pretty complete game for us.”
Walker, in his first season as Mount St. Mary’s coach had a different perspective about Maryland’s big start.
“They were practice shots for this team, and if you give this team practice shots, they’re going to knock them down a a high clip.”
Stat of the game
Maryland had 20 assists to nine turnovers while Mount St. Mary’s had 13 assists and committed 19 turnovers.
With so many difficult teams in the near future, Reese tried to make certain the team didn’t let up.
“I was letting the game come to me per usual,” she said. “My teammates were feeding me, and they were much smaller than us, and taking advantage of the inside-out was a big thing.”
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