Last night's Maryland-Howard game was supposed to be the area's women's basketball championship. However, the ACC champion Terrapins (3-0) made a mockery of it by defeating the Bison, 115-62, at Howard's Burr Gymnasium.
The Terrapins came within a basket of the school record for most points in a game. That was the only challenge of the night for Maryland, which led, 24-14, eight minutes into the contest and had increased the margin to 60-37 by intermission.
Maryland shot 66 percent from the field in the first half, with junior guard Marcia Richardson and Finnish freshman Lea Hakala getting 32 of the 60 points.
Howard (0-4), the defending MEAC champion, came into the game shooting 35 percent from the field, and the Bison's poor second-half outside shooting eliminated any chance of a comeback. Jasmina Perazic's layup made it 79-45, Maryland, with 15 minutes to play, and only some errors by Terrapin freshmen prevented a school point record from being set.
"I had a good floor game," Richardson said of her career-best and game-high 30 points. "I knew we were bigger than they were and I wanted to hit the open player down low or on the weak side. I tried to put pressure on their ballhandlers and get the steals which lead to easy baskets."
"I didn't expect it to be this bad," Howard Coach Sanya Tyler said. "They dominated us up front. We couldn't get the ball in. Our shots aren't falling, and 34 turnovers didn't help."