Terps ace their first test, putting Sun Devils on ice
With hot shooting, stifling defense, Maryland rolls past hapless Arizona State
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