The Maryland Women’s Basketball team kicked off their 2017-18 season with a commanding victory over Glenville State College.
College Park, MD — Students at the University of Maryland got their first look at the Women’s Basketball team Sunday and were not disappointed. Maryland looked like a well-oiled machine after its 130-61 win over Glenville State. From the onset, the reigning Big Ten champion asserted itself as the aggressor, jumping out to an early 29-7 and never looked back.
More impressive than the final score, the balanced attack and effort of the lady Terrapins was refreshing.
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Sophomore guard Kaila Charles was sensational. The hometown standout scored a game-high 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting while adding nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks in only 19 minutes of action.
Stephanie Jones also had an impressive outing, racking up 27 points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
Brianna Fraser, a Brooklyn-native and junior guard, added 16 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Ieshia Small and Blair Watson had 15 points apiece while freshman guard Channise Lewis dished out a game-high seven assists. Sarah Myers finished with 12 points.
Kristen Confroy only accounted for five points but chipped in a team-high three steals.
Glenville State was simply outmatched. The only four players measuring at six-feet or taller were held to a combined 12 points on 5-for-22 shooting. Their lack of a solid post presence also allowed Maryland to have their way in the paint.
As a team, Maryland shot an astounding 68 percent from the field. With scoring opportunities coming so often in the post, only 11 three-pointers were attempted and four were converted.
Coach Brenda Frese was happy with what she saw from her squad and looks forward to what they can accomplish this season.
By the looks of their chemistry and firepower, this roster is poised to once again dominate the Big Ten and possibly more,
The final exhibition will be against Bowie State on Friday at the Xfinity Center. Tipoff is at 6:00 p.m. ET.
- Aja Ellison (redshirt) and Eleanna Christinaki (transfer) were not available to play