Terps ace their first test, putting Sun Devils on ice

With hot shoot­ing, sti­fling de­fense, Mary­land rolls past hap­less Ari­zona State

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Mike Cranston

LAS VE­GAS — No. 6 Mary­land cruised to a 4-0 start by av­er­ag­ing 102 points and win­ning by an average of 49 points against in­fe­rior op­po­nents.

No. 23 Ari­zona State was sup­posed to pro­vide the first true yard­stick. Only the Terps’ press quickly turned it into another eye-pop­ping rout.

Sha­tori Walker-Kim­brough scored 20 points and Mary­land led by as many as 32 points in the first half in an 83-42 vic­tory over Ari­zona State on Fri­day.

“It’s early, but I love the com­pet­i­tive­ness,” Mary­land coach Brenda Frese said. “It was a big test for us early to see where we’re at. It’s a great sign.”

Bri­onna Jones (Aberdeen) added 14 points and 10 re­bounds, and Bri­anna Fraser scored 11 points for the Terps (5-0). They shot 55 per­cent from the field and used a sti­fling de­fense to race to leads of 10-0, 24-4 and 38-6 in the South Point Thanks­giv­ing Shootout.

“We’re grow­ing. I don’t think we’re at our peak at all,” Walker-Kim­brough said. “But you can see that we’re com­ing to­gether.”

Mary­land hit 13 of its first 17 shots while South Point Thanks­giv­ing Shootout their press forced Ari­zona State (2-2) into a 1-for-17 start from the field with nine turnovers.

“I love our length, our ath­leti­cism,” Frese said. “We’re able to throw a lot of dif­fer­ent looks. That’s some­thing we’ve re­ally been able to build upon as a team. I thought we re­ally made them have to work for ev­ery­thing.”

Kaila Charles had 10 points and seven re­bounds and fresh­man Destiny Slocum scored 10 points for the Terps.

Early in the sec­ond quar­ter, Ari­zona State coach Charli Turner Thorne had taken more time­outs (two) than her team had field goals (one).

She later picked up a tech­ni­cal foul in the Sun Devils’ most lop­sided de­feat since fall­ing to Stan­ford, 82-35, on Jan. 8, 2011.

For­mer Navy foot­ball coach Paul John­son and Ge­or­gia Tech will face Ge­or­gia to­day in Athens

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