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Freese empties bench, Butler gets 9th ROW

Alyssa Thomas
Alyssa Thomas
University of Maryland Athletics

No. 9 Maryland manhandled, uh personhandled, Clemson, 95-43, Feb. 9 in the Terrapins’ annual Play 4 Kay pink game for breast cancer awareness.

Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points with seven rebounds to lead the Terps. The senior scored in double figures for the 22nd straight game. Freshmen Brionna Jones added 14 points with seven boards. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 11 points. Everyone played and only Chloe Pavlech was held scoreless.

It was Maryland’s (19-4, 7-3 ACC) 14th straight win over Clemson (11-14, 3-8). “They’re phenomenal,” Clemson Coach Audra Smith said after the game. “They have such depth and they have great players.”

Nikki Dixon led Clemson with 13 points and Chancie Dunn added 10. The Tigers have lost six of eight, all within the conference.

The Terps shot 57 percent from the floor and held a 40-24 advantage on the boards.

Hoyas win

Georgetown ended a seven-game slide Feb. 8 with a 66-58 win over the Xavier. The Hoyas were led by double-doubles from Big East Players of the Week Andrea White and freshman Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va.).

White led all scorers with 25 points and 14 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season, while Butler had 16 points and 17 boards.

The Blue and Gray improved to 8-16, 2-10 in the Big East. The Musketeers fell to 8-16, 3-9.
White was tabbed the Player of the Week and teammate Butler was named Freshman of the Week.

Butler’s recognition is her ninth of the season and ranks second-most all-time in league history. She maintained her hold as the conference’s top rebounder following a week averaging 15.5 boards to go along with 14.5 points. The center is on pace to break the conference’s rebounding average record of 12.4 held by Dana Wynne of Seton Hall (1994-95 and 1995-96).

White averaged 21 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2 steals, shot 50 percent from the floor and hit all of her free-throw attempts against Creighton and Xavier. This is her second recognition of the season.

Local woman stops Howard

Hampton wasn’t shy about showing Howard why it is tops in the MEAC in women’s hoops Saturday. Kenia Cole (Silver Spring, Md.) led four Pirates in double figures with 24 points – 20 of which came in the second half – in a 76-64 victory in front of 4,398 in Hampton.

Hampton (19-4, 10-0), has won its last 16 home MEAC games, and the Pirates have won their last 40 games against MEAC foes (including conference tournament games).

Shavonne Duckett (Landover, Md.,) set the pace for Howard (9-13, 5-4) logging 16 points and seven rebounds. Te’Shya Heslip (Dumfries, Va.) broke out of her three-game single-digit scoring slump to add 15. Victoria Gonzalez contributed 12 points.