The Maryland women’s basketball team overcame a slow start and some early “jitters” to edge Div. II Bluefield (W.Va.) State, 146-17, in their exhibition opener on Wednesday at Xfinity Center.
It looked like it was going to be a long night for Frese and the Terps after Maggie Tien gave Bluefield State a 3-2 lead 17 seconds into the game. But Maryland regrouped and outscored the Big Blues 144-14 the rest of the way.
Here are six crazy numbers that help tell the story of the Terps’ 129-point win:
0: Points scored in the second half by Bluefield State. The Big Blues shot 0 for 20 from the field and were outscored 72-0 after halftime.
See also: Zero free-throw attempts by Bluefield State, compared to 32 by the Terps.
55-13: Maryland’s rebounding edge, including a 30-5 advantage on the offensive glass. Bluefield State has three players who are at least 6-feet tall. The Terps have 11.
82-2: Maryland’s advantage in points in the paint.
51: Turnovers by Bluefield State, which led to 85 Maryland points. The Big Blues had 12 more turnovers than shot attempts.
29: Points scored by Maryland freshman Blair Watson, one of seven Terps in double figures and one of three Maryland players who outscored the Big Blues. Small, a junior, and senior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 18 points apiece.
1: Upperclassman on Bluefield State’s roster. Senior Tanasia Blake was scoreless in 17 minutes for the Big Blues, who have no juniors, one sophomore and eight freshmen.
So why was this game scheduled? Bluefield State coach Todd Fong, who started his college coaching career at the College of Southern Maryland and worked at Westlake High School before being named interim head coach at Bluefield before last season, has known Frese for several years.
“I met her on the recruiting trail when I was at another school,” he told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph earlier this week. “She said, if I ever got a head coaching job somewhere to give her a call. It’ll be nice for me to get home and see all of my family. And it’ll also be good for our girls and their families.”
Bluefield State’s roster features three freshman from Maryland. Fong did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
For the record, the most points Maryland has scored in a regular season game is 121 against Drexel in 1992. The Terps’ largest margin of victory is 76, against Maryland-Eastern Shore last season.
This post has been updated.