Maryland Women dominate and display composure in blow-out and close wins

Feature photo courtesy of Maryland athletics.

Maryland’s (7-2) women basketball had a successful week beating both Virginia (3-5) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Challenge Wednesday 60-59 and Akron (3-3) Saturday afternoon in Ohio 75-54 for their fifth consecutive wins of the season.

Kaila Charles was back on top with 23 points after helping the Terps seal the win against the Zips by the way of a free throw shot. In addition to that, Charles had 14 rebounds and was named one of the top players in the country in the Citizen Naismith Watch List Wednesday. Saturday’s game helped her achiever her 500-career point mark in a total of 44 career games.

Senior Kristen Confroy made her debut in her home state with a season-high of 23 points as well. She was 5-for-7 from 3 and was 9-for-12 from the field. Confroy scored her first 11 points in the first quarter while grabbing six of her nine rebounds.

Maryland started off the first quarter strong with a 12-2 run, which eventually ballooned to 24-6 by the end of the first. The Terps led Akron by 18 points at the end of the first and 14 at the end of the second, which gave them the lead going into the half 38-27. Although Maryland had 21 turnovers in total, the Terps grabbed 39 of their 53 rebounds on the defensive end to go along with 18 assist.

Maryland will prepare for St. Mary’s next Wednesday at the Xfinity Center.