COLLEGE PARK — Alyssa Thomas scored 20 points, freshman Brene Moseley added 17, and No. 11 Maryland never trailed in a season-opening 84-46 victory over in-state foe Loyola on Friday night.
Thomas, a 6-foot-2 sophomore forward, had 14 points in 14 minutes in the first half to take the Terrapins to a 40-25 lead. The gap widened to 21 points with 17:43 left, and it was 66-36 with 9:41 to go . "Our intensity was there. It started with our defense, which led to our offense, and I thought we were able to see a lot of great things, specifically in the second half, with this team," coach Brenda Frese said.
Thomas also contributed seven rebounds and three assists in her 23 minutes on the floor.
Moseley went 5-for-6 from the field, including 2-for-2 from outside the arc, and 5-for-6 from the line with four assists and a steal in her Maryland debut.
"With Brene coming off an ACL, missing her senior season, to be able to come in and have this kind of performance tonight speaks volumes in terms of just how she has prepared herself to come back for this moment," Frese said.
Laurin Mincy scored 11 for the Terrapins, who have won 12 straight over Loyola and lead the series 18-3. Maryland next faces No. 10 Georgetown on Sunday.
Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds with 13 points. Loyola went 21-13 last season and won a game in the WNIT, the first postseason victory in the history of the program. But the Greyhounds don't have the height or depth of the Terrapins.
Thomas scored the game's first six points, and Maryland raced to an 8-0 lead as the Greyhounds committed turnovers on their first four possessions. Loyola answered with seven straight points before Mincy hit a baseline jumper and two foul shots to spark an 11-0 run. That made it 19-7, and the Terrapins never let the margin shrink below double figures the rest of the way.
One of the nation's best rebounding teams a year ago, the Terrapins outrebounded the Greyhounds, 39-28. Redshirt freshman Whitney Bays pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, while Thomas and Tianna Hawkins each had seven. Thomas and Hawkins each also had four steals