Freshman Moseley leads Terps to rout of Tigers

Point guard has game-high 26 points, shows poise in running offense

November 17, 2011|By Gene Wang The Washington Post

COLLEGE PARK — — Even with a team that finished fifth nationally in rebounding margin last season and again features an imposing rotation in the frontcourt, Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese has maintained the Terrapins' fortunes reside largely with the guards. On Wednesday night against Towson, freshman Brene Moseley offered a compelling reason why, handling the point with the flair of a player well beyond her years and pushing 10th-ranked Maryland to an 82-46 victory at Comcast Center.

Moseley scored a game-high 26 points, the most for a Maryland freshman since Kristi Toliver's 28 in 2005-06, but perhaps as significant were her four assists against only one turnover in the first half, when the Terrapins were forging a comfortable lead. Last season Maryland often had trouble with ball security and dynamic scoring from the backcourt, but Moseley's arrival appears to be just the remedy it needed.

"Obviously it gives us another dimension," Frese said. "When you look at our team, on any given night, when we're able to put the ball in the basket like we're doing, and for a freshman to come in and play with that kind of poise and that kind of confidence, just makes us better as a team."

Moseley had 15 points in 15 minutes in the first half, and the first of her four 3-pointers gave the Terrapins the lead for good, 10-7. Sophomore guard Laurin Mincy connected on another 3-pointer immediately after, and Maryland scored eight of the next 12 points for a 21-10 buffer with 11:34 to go until halftime.

The margin expanded to 39-15 on a 16-0 run that included two more 3-pointers from Moseley, who shot 3-for-4 from that range in the first half.

With Moseley the feature attraction, Maryland's backcourt combined for 35 of its 49 first-half points, and the assist-to-turnover ratio from Moseley and senior starting point guard Anjalé Barrett was 3-1. Mincy had 11 of her 15 points in the first half, and Barrett added six of her 11 points before intermission. The Terrapins were particularly productive from 3-point range during that stretch, making six of nine after collecting seven total from that range in the first two games combined.

The Terrapins (3-0) outrebounded Towson 48-30, including 22-12 in the first half, and outscored the Tigers (1-1) inside, 26-18.

Reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year Alyssa Thomas finished with 14 points.

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