In their first exhibition, Maryland held a 30-0 lead over Catholic. Holy Family came out shooting on Saturday and kept the game close for a while, making their first two attempts from beyond the arc and several circus shots in the paint.
But the Tigers from Holy Family never led. They trailed just 17-14 at the second media timeout, but Maryland extended that lead to 11 points at the next break, 17 at the Under-4 timeout, and 22 at halftime. A swarming defensive effort in the second half, mixed with Holy Family’s shots no longer finding their mark, allowed the No. 6 ranked Lady Terps to run away with a 99-44 victory.
Maryland’s regular season will begin on Friday when they go on the road to face South Florida.
Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough played 16 minutes and proved to be one of the most athletic players Maryland has. She recorded two steals for herself in addition to helping force several others, grabbed five rebounds and trailed only Alyssa Thomas with 14 points.
After the game, Walker-Kimbrough spoke about the impact she had on the contest. “I just try to make an impact as soon as possible,” she said. Like coach said, make them feel uncomfortable and if they feel comfortable then we’re doing something wrong.”
Thomas recorded a double double in the exhibition with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
The only other Terp to score in double figures was freshman Lexie Brown; the No. 3 point guard recruit from this year’s freshman class according to ESPN HoopGurlz’s rankings. She scored 10 points and, along with Walker Kimbrough, drew high praise from head coach Brenda Frese after the game.
“We’re really active with our hands,” Frese said. “Especially when Shatori and Lexie are in, we get even more tips on balls in terms of how active they are with ball pressure.”
The Maryland women’s next game in Comcast will be on Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. against Loyola (MD).
Follow Cory on Twitter, @cpuffnfl.