No. 10 Maryland women defeat Pittsburgh 94-46

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm •  Published: February 6, 2014
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had already done enough damage, so Maryland's standout forward spent the final 12 minutes of the game cheering from the sideline instead of marching closer to setting school career records for points and rebounds.

The spectator's role suited Thomas just fine.

"It's good see my teammates get in there and get excited for them," Thomas said after totaling 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the 10th-ranked Terrapins past Pittsburgh 94-46 on Thursday night.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 13 and freshman Brionna Jones added 12 to help Maryland (18-4, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) secure a second straight win following a three-game skid.

"I really liked how hard we played from start to finish," coach Brenda Frese said. "We never played the score. I thought we got better tonight."

After using a 17-point blitz to take control in the first half, the Terrapins scored the first 16 points after halftime to take a 61-21 lead. Loliya Briggs interrupted the run with a 3-pointer for Pittsburgh (10-13, 2-7), and Maryland responded with another 12 points to make it 73-24.

Before taking a seat on the bench, Thomas moved into sole possession of third place on the school's career list with 2,097 points. Only Marissa Coleman (2,205) and Crystal Langhorne (2,247) have scored more in a Maryland uniform.

Thomas, a 6-foot-2 senior, also climbed within 136 rebounds Langhorne's school record of 1,229.

"She impressive in transition, whether she's getting the rebound and leading the break with a ball in her hand or she's out in the open floor at the receiving end," Pitt coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. "She can post players up. She just creates so many mismatches."



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