Maryland jumped out to an early lead Sunday and never looked back in soundly defeating Georgetown 72-53 at Comcast Center.
“It was a terrific team win for us, with the balance that we had and the defense that we displayed,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “We played an extremely talented team. I think they can see now how you have to play with a target on your back.”
It was perhaps some small measure of revenge for the Terrapins (2-0), who were knocked out of last year’s NCAA tournament by the Hoyas (1-1).
“This is a new season and a new team,” Frese said. “With every game and every practice, we get to create our identity. As long as we stay humble and hungry, good things are going to happen for this team.”
Sophomore forward Alyssa Thomas’ 19 points led Maryland. Junior forward Tianna Hawkins added 17, and sophomore center Alicia DeVaughn contributed 14.
Senior forward Tia Magee scored 17 points and senior guard Rubylee Wright 13, respectively, for Georgetown. Junior guard Sugar Rodgers, a preseason first-team all-Big East selection, was held to four points.
“That loss last year definitely motivated us to want to work harder,” Thomas said. “Today, we just wanted to protect our house.”
The Terps outrebounded the Hoyas 42-31 and outshot them 46 percent to 33 percent.
One telling statistic was Maryland’s 24 points off Georgetown turnovers. The Hoyas managed just nine off turnovers,
“Some of the things we did wrong tonight have been our Achilles’ Heels for many seasons,” Georgetown coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “There are some things that are out of our control. We can only do what we do well.”