COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — If Alyssa Thomas can come close to having a January similar to November and December, Maryland will like its ACC chances.
In final non-conference tuneup for the No. 8 Terrapins, Thomas scored a season-high 28 points and had 10 rebounds to give her 1,000 for her career in a 103-51 rout of the College of Charleston in the Terrapin Classic championship game Sunday.
The performance capped an early season where the senior forward has had 12 straight double-doubles to lead the nation, and posted two of her four career triple-doubles in the last four games. Maryland has now won 10 straight, and its last four by an average of 53.5 points.
"It's just a huge honor," said Thomas, fourth all-time among Maryland rebounders, of hitting the milestone with her final rebound of the day. "Just, being on a list with so many great players who have made an impact here. It's definitely a huge honor."
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 15 points and Tierney Pfirman added 10 for the Terrapins (12-1), who led 54-15 after their most dominant first half of the season.
Afreyea Tolbert scored 20 points for Charleston (7-5), which saw its three-game win streak snapped. Breanna Bolden added 11 points and Jazz Green scored 10.
"When you talk about the first half, that's probably the best basketball we've played," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese, whose team forced 12 turnovers and allowed just five field goals before halftime. "And to be able to see us continuing to really improve together as a team was really special to be able to watch."
January gets significantly tougher for Maryland, with an ACC opener at No. 10 North Carolina next weekend and home games against No. 20 Syracuse and No. 2 Notre Dame later in the month. Maryland's only loss came at home on Nov. 15 against top-ranked UConn, its only ranked opponent to date.