In one of its final tuneups before the start of conference play, the eighth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team used Alyssa Thomas’s third career triple-double and balanced scoring to pull away from Siena, 105-49, on Monday night in front of 1,901 at Comcast Center.
Thomas finished with 12 points and game highs of 13 rebounds and 11 assists, matching a career high. She briefly left the game with 5 minutes 52 seconds left and the Terrapins ahead 96-41 but reentered to deliver a pass to freshman center Brionna Jones for a layup.
That assist produced the fourth triple-double in the history of the women’s program and the sixth overall for Maryland, men or women.
“I really didn’t know until I was sitting on the bench and they told me I needed one more assist,” Thomas said. “So when I went in, I just told my teammates I needed one more to get 10, and they just focused in and helped me get that last one. The whole night they were just knocking down shots.”
In reaching a season high in points, the Terrapins (8-1) won their seventh in a row in the second game of a season-high five-game homestand, getting double figures from six players and scoring from 11.
They made 10 of 15 from three-point range, shot 60 percent overall and went 17 for 20 from the free throw line in moving to 4-0 all time against their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent.
Junior guard Laurin Mincy notched 21 points in 22 minutes on 7-for-11 shooting. Sophomore guard Brene Moseley added 13 points and five assists, with the first-team All-Met from Paint Branch going 4 for 4 from the field and 3 for 4 from the line.
Maryland owned a staggering margin in virtually every statistical category, beginning with 47-5 in points off turnovers and 30-3 in the fast break. The Terrapins collected season highs of 30 assists and 17 steals, forced a season-high 29 turnovers and owned a 54-10 advantage in points in the paint.
“We spent a lot of time talking about not having letups, not playing the score,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. “I want to frame this box score. It’s as close to a perfect game for us in terms of just locking in on both ends of the floor and not playing the score but playing to get better.”
Maryland separated midway through the first half with a pair of 7-0 runs before heading into the break scoring 10 of the final 11 points.
Siena (4-4) managed six field goals in the second half and shot 28 percent for the game. Freshman guard Brianna Logan was the only Saints player to score in double figures, finishing with 12 points.
“I would say it’s just coming in and being confident,” Mincy said. “Just playing and not worrying about making mistakes.”
●GEORGE WASHINGTON 56, LOYOLA 50: Caira Washington had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Colonials at Smith Center. GW (5-4) won despite making only 10 of 20 free throws. The Greyhounds (2-7) closed to 53-50 on two free throws by Nai Brown with 27 seconds remaining. But GW ended the game by making three of its final four free throws, including two by Danni Jackson with 26 seconds left.