Story By : Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Sometimes teams that are just coached have tough times finding ways to win games, then there are the teams such as the Terps coached by Head Coach Brenda Frese that are amazingly coached and just find ways to pull away and win games just as they did today with a 74-58 victory over Iona in the first round of NCAA Tournament action at Xfinity Center.
“It was great that we earn that game. I thought Iona played a complete forty-minute game,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “Once we were able to settle in, our experience came into play.”
Maryland is second in the nation in field goal percentage. The Terps were 58.3 percent from the field and had five players to score in double-figures. Senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough led the way with 19 points and six rebounds. Walker-Kimbrough got to the free throw line quite a bit as she was 10-10 from the line. Center Brionna Jones tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Malina Howard chipped in 10 points.
Senior guard Brene Moseley and forward Tierney Pfirman provided a major spark off the bench for Maryland. Moseley scored 15 points while Pfirman had 11 points. Maryland’s bench managed to outscore Iona’s bench 30-18.
“I was just going with the flow of the game,” said Moseley, a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award as the nation’s top point guard despite the fact she comes off the bench.
With the win, Maryland (31-3) earned the right to host seventh-seeded Washington on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Xfinity Center. The Huskies beat 10th-seeded Penn on Saturday afternoon in College Park.