The ninth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team started the season with a landslide win over Coppin State on Friday night, 93-36, pulling back in the first half behind goals, stifling defense and rebound aggressive offensive.
The 10 players in the lineup scored for the Terrapins, who won their 10th game of the season in a row. Maryland improved their score to 16-0 in the Xfinity Center for beginners and lost only the first game of the season since coach Brenda Frese in 2002-03.
A 15-3 record to close the first quarter provided a 31-13 lead and nearly settled the outcome of the match in which Maryland had a 71-39 rebound margin, including 33-13 at the 39, offensive and 34-4 points. turnovers. The Terrapins forced 20 turnovers and committed eight.
"Obviously, it was great to be able to involve as many players in the field and really involve them," Frese said. "I think you can see the potential of this team with our veterinarians and young players and the impact of our common growth.
"You look at our disinterestedness, we have helped more than 66% of our buckets. Our offensive rebound was, in my opinion, great. "
Shakira Austin, center forward, had 21 rebounds, eight on offense, allowing Maryland to reach a 28-7 margin in second-chance. The Terrapins also used their marked advantage in height and length to finish over-22 on the points of the painting.
Austin (Riverdale Baptist) is the centerpiece of another class of freshmen very famous under Frese. The 6-foot-5 McDonald's All-American had seven blocks at the top of the game and offered a terrific low pole presence in a packed yard.
Maryland, traditionally one of the best rebound teams in the country, also has three-point fire this season, including the arrival of Taylor Mikesell. Guard 5-11 won a three-point shooting contest at high school in San Antonio as a senior.
Mikesell scored 10 of 18 points, the highest number in the first quarter, during which she made two of her first three three-point attempts. The Terrapins sank four times three shots on goal in the first quarter in 21 attempts and finished the game at 8 of 28 over the bow.
"They present somehow I think when they come in," Frese said freshmen. "Since Shakira and Taylor, they have been more than prepared and ready since their arrival on campus, which goes hand in hand with all the experience they have had so far."
Junior Kaila Charles, Terrapins' most talented multi-talented player, had 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The selection of the first Big Ten second-year team was Maryland's top scorer in 2017-18, but Frese asked Charles to contribute in different ways this season.
Charles, par excellence player of the year in the Washington Post as Riverdale Baptist senior athlete, recorded two of Maryland's nine interceptions against the Eagles, who shot 25% and 5 out of 19 (28%) of the line of free throws. She was part of Maryland's highest-rated recruiting class as a rookie.
"It's our goal for the whole season, to get everyone playing because we have so many guns inside and out," said Charles. "We have to be able to use that so we can be good team players and go far."
Junior striker Stephanie Jones, the youngest sister of Brionna Jones, the former star center of Terrapins, scored 17 points and 12 rebounds, as well as three wins at her peak.
The comfortable win also included the first return match for Blair Watson. Junior and ex-American McDonald's ripped the ACL in the right knee last January and missed the last 17 games of the season.
"It has been a long wait to be back on the ground," said Watson, who was operated on Feb. 6. "Being in the shadows certainly gave me a different perspective of the game and an appreciation of it.Being back tonight, it was a bit surreal." "Having fun again with my teammates was really very special."