Maryland Terrapins run past Army in first round of NCAA Tournament.
Alyssa Thomas continues to make a name for herself.
In the first round of the women’s NCAA tournament, Thomas scored 13 points to become the all-time leading scorer for men’s and women’s basketball at the University of Maryland.
That title was held previously by Maryland men’s basketball legend, Juan Dixon who ended his career with 2,269 points. Thomas has set the record at 2,271 points and it will continue to grow as the Terrapins continue to make their way through the tournament.
Alyssa Thomas’s record-breaking night came with a win against the 13th-seeded Army Black Knights (25-8).
Maryland started the game slowly and trailed 18-15 through the first ten minutes. After a Brenda Frese timeout, it was a confident and strong Maryland team that put away Army with ease in a 90-52 rout.
“It actually started with Alyssa. She gave a great, calming presence during the timeout that we were fine,” Frese said. “We changed our defense; I thought some the switches that we made defensively really helped us. Then we were able to get going with our transition.”
There is no doubt in Brenda Frese’s mind that this team is special and that they can make a run for the title in this year’s tournament. Hopefully they were able to shake off the dust and this game will help them push forward into the Tournament.
“I thought that after we got the jitters out to start the game, we were able to show what separates us and makes us special,” Frese said.
Maryland will face fifth-seeded Texas on Tuesday at 7PM in College Park for their second-round game.
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