Thomas Hits Milestone, Terp Women Win 103-51
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed her 1,000th rebound as No. 8 Maryland routed the College of Charleston 103-51 on Sunday in the Terrapin Classic championship game.
Thomas reached the milestone with her 10th and final rebound of the game, leading to her last field goal, a putback that pushed it to 91-40.
Coach Brenda Frese then substituted for the senior, who played 23 minutes, before an appreciative crowd.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 15 points as the Terrapins (12-1) closed out December and the non-conference portion of their schedule with their 10th consecutive victory.
Afreyea Tolbert scored 20 points for Charleston (7-5).
Maryland has defeated its last four opponents, all at home, by an average of 53.5 points, and played its most dominant first half of the season Sunday, taking a 54-15 lead.
January gets significantly tougher, 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, Maryland’s only ranked opponent to date.
Tolbert was the only Charleston player to make a field goal in the first half. The 54 points were the most they allowed and the 15 the least they scored in a half this season.
Tolbert’s teammates were 0 for 21 from the field in the first 20 minutes, before Breanna Bolden, who finished with 11 points, hit an inside basket that made it 58-19 early in the second half.
Thomas’ performance — her 12th consecutive double-double — came a day after posting her second triple-double of the season in the Terrapins’ semifinal victory over Wofford.
And by the time Bolden made her first field goal, Thomas had scored 22 points, including 20 before halftime, turning from facilitator to scorer a day after contributing 10 assists.
Thomas had already hit three inside baskets before Tolbert made Charleston’s first field goal 5:31 in. Later in the half, she scored eight consecutive points for Maryland as the lead grew to 45-13.
Maryland guard Lexie Brown returned to action after missing Saturday’s semifinal because of a family issue.
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