Preseason Basketball Blowout for Maryland

On Wednesday night, Maryland won against its Division II opponent in an exhibition game by 129 points. In the Associated Press preseason women’s basketball poll, Maryland women’s team is ranked sixth. Maryland women’s team would have broken the NCAA’s Division I record for margin of victory in a women’s basketball game – 102 points – if the 146-17 win of Maryland women team over Bluefield State had been an official contest.

 

The NCAA’s Division I record of 102 points was established on February 12, 1986 in Grambling’s win over Jarvis Christian College. Grambling women’s team won against Jarvis Christian College by 102 points: 139-37. In the second half of the preseason exhibition contest in College Park, Maryland, Bluefield State did not score. At halftime, the Terps accumulated a 74-17 lead and made 64% of their shots in the basketball game. Further the Terps forced 51% turnovers at halftime. In the second half, Bluefield State finished 0-for-20.

On the website of the team, Brenda Frese, Maryland coach, wrote that she thought that night was a good tune-up for them. She further wrote that they have so many new players between their freshmen and Ieshia Small. She added that they have player with a lot of enthusiasm and played really hard.

“A lot of great things, and we got rid of those jitters,” wrote the coach. Frese was, presumably, speaking generally as the next exhibition opponent of the Terps, Division III Mary Baldwin, did not win a game in the last season.

Maggie Tien, Big Blues freshman guard, hit a 3-pointer for a 3-2 lead after Maryland senior center Brionna Jones opened the scoring five seconds into the game. Maryland, then, went on a 25-0 run. The preseason Big Ten Conference ended the quarter at 40-9. It was the highest its guest scored in a particular period that night.

 

Seven Terps, which were led by freshman guard Blair Watson who scored 29 points, finished the game in double figures. However, the largest box-score oddity was the second half score, which was 72-0.

The Maryland women’s basketball team did not even allow a point. It closed down their rival, the Big Blues, in the third and the fourth quarters. The winning team ended the game on a 78-0 run. The Division II schools have never won these exhibitions but Bluefield State is not just any kind of patsy, its special. The Big Blues are not really big. They have only three players who are above 6 foot. They committed 51 turnovers against the Terps’ pressing defense. In the last season, they went at least 2-23 (the record of their final schedule does not exist) and the regular-season finale of the team was canceled due to “scheduling conflicts.”

The game was not televised but the tweets by James Crabtree-Hannigan, a Diamondback reporter, does give you a little glimpse into the game.

John Sill