First Posted: 11/10/2013
(AP) Alyssa Thomas had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Alicia DeVaughn added 14 points as No. 8 Maryland never trailed in an 89-53 victory over in-state foe Loyola, Md. on Sunday.
The Terrapins (2-0) never trailed as they defeated the Greyhounds (0-1) to win their home opener for the 15th consecutive season.
Nai Brown led Loyola with 11 points.
It was a solid bounce back for Thomas, a second-team All-America selection last season who had only four points in 10 minutes in Friday’s opening 78-70 win at South Florida after dealing with foul trouble throughout. The senior needed less than 6 minutes to surpass her scoring output from the opener.
Maryland didn’t put away South Florida until the final minute in that game, but needed little time to assert itself against Loyola.
Sophomore guard Chloe Pavlech made a 3-pointer 12 seconds into the game, and both DeVaughn and Thomas soon converted three-point plays to expand the early lead.
Senior guard Katie Rutan’s basket with 17:35 left in the first half made it 11-0, and prompted a Loyola timeout.
The Greyhounds, who were 12-18 last season, trimmed the deficit to nine on three occasions. But after Loyola pulled within 25-16 with 8:23 left in the first half, Maryland uncorked a 10-0 run to pull away for good and secure its 14th consecutive victory over the Greyhounds.
The deeper Terps were especially effective inside, outscoring Loyola 44-22 in the paint.
Maryland guard Brene Moseley, who missed last season with a torn knee ligament, scored 11 points to reach double figures for the second time in as many games since her return. Forward Tierney Pfirman also scored 11 points for the Terps.