Mike­sell, Jones pace Terps women in open­ing vic­tory

Cop­pin State no match for UM; Loy­ola, Mount, UMES, Mor­gan beaten

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

Tay­lor Mike­sell scored 18 points, Stephanie Jones had 17 and No. 9 Mary­land beat vis­it­ing Cop­pin State 93-36 Fri­day night.

Shakira Austin added 12 points and Kaila Charles had 11 as the Ter­rap­ins opened the sea­son with a win af­ter go­ing 26-8 last year — its worst record since 2012-13. Mary­land was then elim­i­nated by North Carolina State in the sec­ond round of the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

The Terps re­turned four of their top five lead­ing scor­ers — Blair Wat­son, Bri­anna Fraser, Jones and Charles, who led the team with 17.9 points and 8.1 re­bounds per game. Mike­sell, who started, and Austin are the team's top fresh­man.

Mike­sell scored 10 points in the open­ing quar­ter, paving the way for an early 31-13 lead.

Cop­pin State (0-2) has just three play­ers that were on the ros­ter last sea­son — Chance Gra­ham, Maraiyah Smith and Oluwadamilola Oloyede. Fresh­man E'Mya Price made the big­gest im­pact and led the Ea­gles with 11 points. Gra­ham man­aged nine points and 13 re­bounds.

Cop­pin State had few an­swers for the Ter­rap­ins' taller front­court and was out­re­bounded 71-39.

Mary­land was never threat­ened and a late free throw by Austin pro­vided a 48-20 lead at the break. The Ter­rap­ins scored 27 points off 20 Ea­gles turnovers in the game.

Ter­rap­ins coach Brenda Frese was able to ro­tate play­ers freely in the sec­ond half and her team con­tin­ued to over­whelm Cop­pin State. An­other 3-pointer by Mike­sell in­creased the mar­gin to 75-32 with 8:22 left in the game.

The Ter­rap­ins im­proved to 15-0 all-time against Cop­pin State.

DARTMOUTH54, LOYOLAMARYLAND 41: The host Big Green (1-0) had a strong sec­ond half to beat the Grey­hounds (0-2). Bri Betz-White scored 13 points for Loy­ola.

MICHI­GAN 88, MOUNT ST. MARY’S 40: Juli­ette Law­less scored a team-high 19 points, but the vis­it­ing Mount (1-1) fell to the Wolver­ines (1-0). Michi­gan went on a 31-8 run in the third quar­ter to pull away.

GEORGE­TOWN 74, UMES 55: Ciani By­rom had a game-high 23 points, but the Hawks (0-2) fell to the host Hoyas (2-0). George­town fin­ished strong on a 21-12 run in the fourth quar­ter.

HART­FORD 80, MOR­GAN STATE 59: Adre’onia Cole­man had a game­high 19 points, but the Bears (1-2) fell to the Hawks (1-1) in a Pre­sea­son WNIT game. Hart­ford outscored Mor­gan State, 22-20, in the fourth quar­ter.


ST. FRAN­CIS (PA.) 80, MOR­GAN STATE 62: Ja­maal King scored 21 points and Keith Brax­ton scored 19 and col­lected 13 re­bounds and the host Red Flash (1-1) beat the Bears (0-2).

Brax­ton sur­passed the 1,000-point mark for his ca­reer and added to his ca­reer lead in dou­ble-dou­bles with 25. Brax­ton has scored in dou­ble fig­ures in 54 of 67 ca­reer games.

HOF­S­TRA 79, MOUNT ST. MARY’S 61: Justin Wright-Fore­man had 20 points, seven re­bounds and five as­sists, and the host Pride (1-0) over­came a slow start to beat the Mount (0-2).

The Pride missed their first 12 shots from the field and fell be­hind 16-1 be­fore Tareq Coburn's jumper with12:02 left in the first half. Hof­s­tra outscored the Mount 28-12 over the rest of the half to take a 31-28 lead into the break.

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