TOWSON, Md. - No. 9 Maryland shot 52.5% from the field en route to an 88-43 win over the Towson University women's basketball team on Tuesday night. Sophomore guard Ciara Webb led the Tigers (4-4) with a career-high 12 points and three assists.
The Tigers and Terps (7-2) traded baskets early as a pair of free throws from sophomore forward Destiny Shearin tied the game at 4-4 with 18:03 to play in the first half. Maryland scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a 15-6 lead with 15:23 to go in the half. A triple from Webb and a jumper from junior guard Tanisha McTiller made it a 15-11 game with 14:24 remaining. Maryland held the Tigers without a point for the next five minutes and opened up a 23-11 advantage. Senior forward Michelle Peebles briefly broke up the Maryland run with a pair of made free throws at 9:35 to make it 23-13 game. The Terps closed the half on a 20-8 run to take a 43-21 lead at the break. Webb hit her second three-pointer of the half for the Tigers just before the first half buzzer.
Maryland continued its hot shooting in the second half, opening with a 10-4 run to take a 53-23 lead with 15:02 to play. The Terps shot 53.3% from the floor in the second half and made 13-of-15 opportunities from the foul line in the second stanza. Malina Howard's jumper at 4:04 gave the visitors an 82-33 advantage, their largest lead of the game. The Tigers closed the game out by scoring 10 of the final 16 points, including a pair of three-pointers from Webb. Shearin's lay-up with 36 seconds to play made it an 88-43 final.
Towson shot 29.1% from the field and 58.3% from the foul line in the game. Maryland shot better than 50% in each half from the floor while shooting 83.3% from the foul line. The Terps won the rebounding battle 47-29.
Webb added four rebounds to go along with her career high in points. McTiller contributed eight points, six rebounds and d three assists while Shearin posted eight points and four rebounds.
Alyssa Thomas led Maryland with 23 points and 13 boards while Katie Rutan came off the bench to contribute 16 points.
Towson will return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 19 when the Tigers host Bucknell at 5 p.m. It will be the first game of a doubleheader that features the Tiger men taking on Coppin State at 7:30 p.m.