Thomas scores 17, Maryland women beat American
WASHINGTON—Alyssa Thomas scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half and No. 6
Maryland cruised to a 76-42 victory over American on Sunday.
Laurin Mincy added 13 points for the Terrapins (9-0), who gave up a season-low points on defense and continued their best start since beginning the 2007-08 season, when the Terps won their first 10 games.
Gelesia George scored 10 points for American (5-4), which shot just 30 percent (16 of 54) from the floor and 9 percent (2 of 22) from 3-point range.
The Eagles fell to 1-16 all-time against the Terps, including a 78-52 loss at Maryland last year and a 75-64 defeat at home two seasons ago.
Maryland showed little sign of a hangover after arguably their toughest victory this season, Wednesday's 74-65 home win against Michigan in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Maryland trailed American 3-2 after the first media timeout, but shook
off the slow start to build a 38-16 lead by halftime.
Thomas, who had a season-high 24 points in the victory over Michigan, jump started the Terps' offense against AU with eight of its first 12 points.
She also scored twice during a 12-0, late-first-half run, capping the stretch with a steal and layup that made it 38-14. And she distributed four assists, including a slick give-and-go feed to Brene Moseley that made it 54-23 early in the second half.
Moseley led the Terps with with five assists. Lynetta Kizer scored 11 points and Anjale Barrett and Moseley had 10 apiece.
The Terrapins continue a month of December that won't take them beyond the Washington, D.C. metro area when they host Delaware State Thursday before traveling to George Mason next Sunday.
If they win both those contests, they will surpass the 2007-08 team that went to the NCAA regional final, the first Maryland squad to reach that stage after coach Brenda Freese's team won the 2006 national title.