COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Seven players hit double figures as the fifth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team blew past Bluefield State, 146-17, Wednesday night at the XFINITY Center in the Terrapins’ first exhibition match of the year.
Freshman Blair Watson led the way with 29 points, including five three-pointers, with 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Ieshia Small and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added seven points apiece and freshman Jenna Staiti scored 17 with eight boards.
Brionna Jones notched 11 points, while Kristen Confroy and freshman Sarah Myers each added 10. Freshman Destiny Slocum added nine points with nine assists.
“I thought tonight was a good tune up for us,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “We have so many new players between our freshmen and Ieshia Small. We played with a lot of enthusiasm and played really hard. A lot of great things and we got rid of those jitters.”
The Terps opened the game on a 27-3 run over the first five minutes, with layups from Jones, Walker-Kimbrough and freshman Kaila Charles in the first two minutes. They would lead 40-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Maryland extended its lead to 74-17 by halftime and would go on to hold Bluefield State scoreless over the second half.
The Terrapins shot 64 percent from the field for the game (57-89) and hit 13 threes in the contest. Maryland also dominated the inside game, outrebounding the Big Blues 55-13.
The Terps are ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press preseason poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Division I Coaches preseason poll.
Maryland was picked to win the Big Ten title by both the league’s head coaches and media panel, the conference announced last week. The Terrapins have won the last two Big Ten regular season and tournament titles since joining the conference in 2014.
Brionna Jones and Walker-Kimbrough were named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Teams by the head coaches and the media panel as well. Both were unanimous selections to the 10-player team, voted by the coaches.
Frese and her staff welcome the nation’s No. 1 freshman class this season, made up of Kaila Charles, Stephanie Jones, Sarah Myers, Destiny Slocum, Jenna Staiti and Blair Watson.
Maryland will host Mary Baldwin University in an exhibition matchup Sunday at 2 p.m. at the XFINITY Center. Admission and parking are both free.
The Terrapins will officially open the season with a 1 p.m. matchup with UMass-Lowell on Sunday, Nov. 13.