Maryland's women's basketball team demolished Georgetown's three-guard offense with strong inside work and a tight, man-to-man defense for a 75-54 victory yesterday in its home opener.
Myra Waters repeatedly worked inside Georgetown's 2-1-2 zone defense for short turnaround jumpers and follows. The 5-foot-10 junior forward finished with 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. Freshman center Lydia McAliley had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the 14th-ranked Terrapins (3-0), who outrebounded the smaller visitors, 57-33.
Georgetown, now 2-1, cut the Maryland lead to 47-39 with 11:30 to play, but self-destructed with poor work on the boards, sloppy ball-handling (27 turnovers) and dreadful shooting. The Hoyas shot 31.3 percent from the floor (21-67), and their top two scorers, guards Abby Dillon and K.C. Comerford, finished six for 23 and seven for 26 from the floor, respectively.
Dillon, who made five of 11 shots from the loor in the first half, made only one of 12 in the second, due to intense pressure from Waters.
"I think Myra did a good job on Dillon in the second half," said Maryland Coach Chris Weller. "They went without a basket for 12 minutes in the second half (from the 16-minute mark to 4:10), and Myra had a lot to do with it in shutting down Abby."
Weller was also impressed with the play of 6-1 sophomore Jasmina Perazic, who had 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in her first game for the Terps.
"Jas is a member of the Yugoslavian national team, and is just an outstanding player," Weller said. "She can do anything. We can play her at point guard, shooting guard, the post, or even in the middle. She's really better than she showed today."