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Maryland women defeat Wagner in season opener, 119-56, two points shy of all-time scoring record

Maryland guard Kaila Charles (5) battles for the ball against Wagner forward Jordan Hobson, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in College Park, Md.
Maryland guard Kaila Charles (5) battles for the ball against Wagner forward Jordan Hobson, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in College Park, Md. (Nick Wass/AP)

The No. 4 Maryland women’s basketball team outplayed overmatched Wagner in the season opener, with the Terps falling two points shy of tying their all-time scoring record.

Maryland cruised past Wagner, 119-56, on Tuesday, scoring the most since 121 against Drexel on Dec. 1, 1992.

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Kaila Charles, Shakira Austin and Ashley Owusu each had 18 points for Maryland. Stephanie Jones (Aberdeen) scored 17 and Sara Vujacic added 15 before a crowd of several thousand school children for the early tipoff.

“Not bad for a first game,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said.

The Terps ran off a pair of 17-0 runs in the first two quarters. They ended the first half scoring 13 consecutive points for a 68-17 lead.

“We set the tone early,” Frese said. “We came out defensively with just a ton of energy. I thought that first half was one of the better halves I've seen.”

Wagner freshman Alex Cowan, the younger sister of Maryland men’s basketball star Anthony Cowan Jr., had 25 points and Emilija Krista Grava added 20.

“They're a terrific team, well-coached, good players,” Seahawks coach Heather Jacobs said. “Unfortunately, we didn't take away their strengths.”

Owusu’s debut

In her first game, 6-foot freshman guard Owusu made quite an impression in front of the shrieking young fans.

“Surprisingly, I wasn't nervous,” she said.

Along with 18 points, Owusu had nine assists, no turnovers, four steals and three rebounds.

“She came out aggressive,” Frese said. “I love how confident she played. It wasn't too big a moment for her.”

Taylor Mikesell had 14 points, including four 3-pointers.

“Ashley's fun to play with,” Mikesell said Owusu, the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Virginia. “She's super unselfish. She sees the play before it happens. She hits people before they're in their spots.”

Maryland guard Ashley Owusu (15) goes to the basket next to Wagner guard Alex Cowan (0) during the second half Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in College Park.
Maryland guard Ashley Owusu (15) goes to the basket next to Wagner guard Alex Cowan (0) during the second half Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in College Park. (Nick Wass/AP)

Freshman play order

Besides Owusu, freshman Faith Masonius and Diamond Miller are expected to play major roles for Maryland.

“We need them to play beyond their years,” Frese said.

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The Terps face a stiff test in their next game, hosting No. 8 South Carolina on Sunday. Maryland plays No. 14 North Carolina State on Dec. 5 and its first Big Ten game against No. 25 Michigan on Dec. 28.

No. 8 South Carolina@No. 4 Maryland

Sunday, 3 p.m.

TV: ESPN

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