COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas did her part, as expected, in helping No. 6 Maryland roll to its 13th consecutive victory.
The most interesting aspect of the Terrapins' 77-62 win over Syracuse on Thursday night was the contribution of others, most notably 6-foot-3 freshman center Brionna Jones.
Thomas had 19 points and 11 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season, and Maryland (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) received 44 points from its reserves, including a career-high 18 by Jones.
"When you talk about what Brionna has been doing from Day One, and all the extra workouts to prepare her for conference play, she was a huge difference-maker for us," coach Brenda Frese said. "It makes us a different team, to be able to have the presence that we got from Bri tonight."
After letting a 19-point lead shrink to 10 with 14:41 remaining, Maryland used a 13-3 run over the next three minutes to go up 61-41. Jones scored eight points in the surge and Thomas contributed two baskets and a free throw.
Jones' previous career high in points was 11. She also had 10 rebounds.
"My team had my back. We were all working together," she said.
In only 20 minutes of playing time, Jones went 6 for 10 from the floor and made six of seven free throws.
"She did a very good job of getting deep post position and making shots, and we were fouling her," Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said.
Ten different players scored for the Terrapins, and nine played at least 10 minutes.
"Offensively, we did a really nice job sharing the basketball, making plays for each other," Frese said.
It's nothing she hasn't seen before.
"It's not a surprise when you talk about the depth that we have this season," she said. "When you put our two teams together and they go against each other in practice, just the consistency they have with our play."