Eighth-ranked Maryland passed its second test of the season in fine fashion Jan. 5 in Chapel Hill, N.C., beating No. 10 UNC 79-70. The Terps were paced by freshmen scoring and free throw shooting in both teams’ Atlantic Coast Conference openers.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench and Lexie Brown added 12 points, including five-of-six free throws in the final minute and six assists.
Alyssa Thomas, the national leader in doubles-doubles, picked up her 13th straight with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Terrapins (13-1, 1-0). She moved into No. 4 on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with her 1,941 career points, passing Vicky Bullett. Katie Rutan scored 14 points.
Be it excellent defense or a bad rim at one end of the court, both teams shot just 38 percent from the floor. The Terps shot nearly as well from three-point range hitting seven-of-20 compared to the Tar Heels two-of-13. UNC out rebounded Maryland 47-43.
Stephanie Mavunga scored 15 points to lead the Tar Heels (12-3, 0-1). She and two others pulled down seven caroms.
Happy Birthday Ms. Jones
George Washington topped defending Atlantic 10 champion Saint Joseph’s 74-67 on regional television Sunday. Birthday-girl Jonquel Jones (Riverdale Baptist) posted her third double-double in five games with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
On her 20th birthday, Jones recorded a game- and career-high 21 points and game-best 14 rebounds. Caira Washington (Georgetown Day) posted her third straight double-double and fifth of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and grad student Danni Jackson (Forest Park) tallied 12 points and eight assists.
With the game tied at 67, there was a stoppage in play after an inadvertent whistle. Chakecia Miller inbounded the ball to Jackson in front of the Colonials’ bench, and Jackson knocked down a jumper to give GW a 69-67 lead with 1:44 to go.
Saint Joe’s (11-3, 1-1) never scored again, and the Colonials made five-of-six free throws down the stretch.
Gief Double-Double Leads Navy
Balanced scoring, strong defense and control of the glass led the Midshipmen to a 67-53 rout of Patriot League rival Lafayette in Easton, Pa.
Four Mids scored in double figures for Navy. Kara Pollinger paced the team with 15 points, Jade Geif notched a double-double for the second time in three games with a 14-point, 13-rebound performance, Alix Membreno added 14 points and Chloe Stapleton added 11 points and seven caroms.
Navy improved to 10-3, 2-0. The Leopards fell to 6-7 on the season and 0-2 in league.