Feb. 2, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Laurin Mincy and Brene Moseley each scored 16 and Alyssa Thomas added 14 to lead No. 9 Maryland to an 86-44 win over Boston College on Thursday night.
Thomas, who missed the Terps' last game - an upset loss to Virginia Tech on Jan. 26 - with a sprained left thumb, made her presence felt immediately. She hit a jumper six seconds into the game, and in the first 3:39, had four field goals to give Maryland (19-3, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 13-4 lead.
The Terps avoided their first three-game losing streak in nearly two years.
The Eagles (5-17, 0-9) have lost nine straight - its longest losing streak since a 10-game skid in the 1994-95 season. They shot just 21.1 percent. Joy Caracciolo led B.C. with 10. Katie Zenevitch had eight points and 11 rebounds.
Boston College got consecutive scores just once in the first half when Tiffany Ruffin and Kat Cooper hit 3-point shots to momentarily cut the Maryland lead to 13-10 with 15:02 remaining.
Playing without a senior, Crawley knew her team was a decided underdog.
"They have experience. They have seniors. At this point in the season, the seniors are what drives the team. They don't want it to end. They want to defend their home court - and so normally, they're fighting for that. They want to play pro ball and take it to the next level," Crawley said.
"The underclassmen play hard for the seniors - just because they want someone to do that for them when they're seniors. That's what our team is missing, but the second half is something we can build on."
The Terps' domination in the rest of the half could hardly have been more complete. In the final 15 minutes, they allowed the Eagles just one field goal - outscoring B.C. 38-3.
Maryland led 51-13 at halftime. It was the second fewest points Boston College had ever scored in a half. The 38-point lead wasn't the largest of the season for Maryland. They led Delaware State by 43 on the way to a 75-point win - 108-33 on Dec. 10, but it was the fewest points the Terps allowed in a half this season.
The Eagles shot just 12.9 percent in the half - missing 27 of 31 shots.
Maryland scored eight points in a 21-second burst when Mincy scored on a 4-point play, Thomas followed with a layup four seconds later, and Lynetta Kizer another layup 17 seconds later.
Maryland finished the first half scoring the final 20 points. They hit six of eight 3-pointers in the half.
Thanks to eight points by Zenevitch, who had been held scoreless in the first half, Boston College outscored the Terps 20-7 in the first eight minutes of the second half to cut Maryland's lead to 58-33, but never got any closer.
"I definitely liked our effort in the second half better. I was disappointed that it took us a whole half to fight in this game," head coach Sylvia Crawley said.
"I thought we came out with more heart, more effort - attack the basket better. It's not like we wanted to make the baskets."