The Maryland women's basketball team, ninth, began the season by beating Coppin State on Friday night, 93-36, pulling away in the first half behind a balanced score, a suffocating defense and an aggressive offensive rebound.
All 10 roster players scored for the Terrapins, who won their tenth consecutive season opening. The Maryland has improved up to 16-0 at home to the Xfinity Center and has lost only one year of opening since the coach Brenda Frese took over in 2002-03.
A 15-3 run to close the first quarter gave an advantage of 31-13 and all, except the result of the contest in which Maryland had a margin of 71-39 in rebound, including 33-13 in attack, and 34 -4 points out lost balls. The Terrapins forced 20 lost balls while eight were involved.
"Obviously it was great to have a lot of players on the pitch and really get involved," said Frese. "I think you can see the potential of this team with our veterinarians and our young players and impact as we grow together as a team.
"Look at our selflessness, we witnessed over 66 percent of our buckets, and our offensive rebound seemed to me tremendous."
Midfielder Shakira Austin had 21 rebounds in terms of play, eight in the offensive, while Maryland reached a margin of 28-7 in second-choice points. The Terrapins have also used their pronounced advantage in height and length to finish more-22 points in the paint.
Austin (Riverdale Baptist) is the hub of another class of freshmen very popular under Frese. The 6-foot-5 of McDonald's all-American had a seven-block high game and provided a formidable low-post presence in a front-loaded field.
Traditionally among the best rebounding teams in the country, Maryland also has firepower from three points this season, particularly with the arrival of Taylor Mikesell. The 5-11 freshman guard won a national three-point shooting contest in San Antonio as a senior.
Mikesell scored 10 of his 18 points high during the first quarter when he made two of his first three attempts in three points. The Terrapins have sunk four three points in the first quarter with 21 attempts and finished the game 8 out of 28 from beyond the arc.
"They present a certain way of thinking when they arrive," said freshman Frese. "Since the end of Shakira and Taylor, they've been more than prepared and ready since they entered the campus, which is true of all the experiences they've had so far."
Junior Kaila Charles, Terrapins' most skilled player, scored 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The first all-Big Ten team selection as a sophomore was Maryland's top scorer in 2017-18, but Frese instructed Charles to contribute in other ways this season.
Charles, The Player of the Year of Washington Post as a senior at Riverdale Baptist, had two of Maryland's nine steals against the Eagles, who shot at 25% and went 5 out of 19 (28%) from the free-throw line . She was part of Maryland's most voted recruitment class as a freshman.
"This is our goal for the whole season, to have everyone part of it because we have so many weapons inside and out," said Charles. "We need to be able to use it to be good as a team and go far".
Young striker Stephanie Jones, the younger sister of the former Terrapins star Brionna Jones, scored 17 points and 12 rebounds, plus three steals.
The comfortable victory also included the first game for Blair Watson. The junior guard and the ex-American of McDonald's have snatched ACL in his right knee last January and have missed the last 17 games of the season.
"It was a long wait to get back on the pitch," said Watson, who had a speech on 6 February. "Surely being in the shade gave me a different perspective to the game and an appreciation for it.To be back out there tonight, it was a bit surreal." Just a little fun with my teammates were very, very special. "