COLLEGE PARK, MD — No. 8 Maryland converted a 20-2 run late in the first quarter into a gold result, blasting Penn State 87-66 at Paint It Gold Night at the XFINITY Center Monday night. The win marked the Terps’ 11th win in their last 12 games, including their sixth straight home win.
Abby Meyers headed off at a seasonal high 24 points on 11-of-19 shooting plus six team-high rebounds Shyanne seller scored a total of 15 points, including 10 in the second half. She also downed five rebounds. Diamond Mueller scored 14 points and grabbed five boards.
The Terps won the fight on the glass by a 35-27 margins. They also had a 38-28 color advantage for an all-around dominant performance inside. Nine terps scored and eight recorded an assist that night.
Maryland improved to 18-4 overall and 9-2 in the Big Ten. They are now in sole possession of third place in the conference before a massive road test against the No. 6 Iowa Hawkeyes (runners-up in the Big Ten).
Penn State is now 12-10 in the season and 3-8 in conference play.
Breakdown of the action
- After holding a narrow 9-7 lead midway through the first quarter, the Terps ended the verse with a monstrous 20-2 run. Meyers (11) and Miller combined for 19 of the Terps’ 29 points as they led 29-9.
- Both defenses were blocked in the second stanza as the attacks combined only scored 21 points.
- Meyers ended the dominant half for the Terps with a three after time, giving them a 41-18 halftime advantage.
- At the end of the third quarter, Maryland was leading 66-49. Eight different terps had hit by this point, and all eight also recorded an assist.
Meyer’s Golden Night
- When hitting a season high With 24 points, Meyers also recorded some other season and career marks with the win.
- Meyers’ 11 field goals scored tied her career high, which she had previously scored twice at Princeton, the last time on February 18, 2022 against Brown. It was her best this season with the Terps.
- It was her fifth time this season to have 20 or more points and her 17th career game with 20+ points, including 12 at Princeton last season. Her career high is 29, against Kentucky on March 19, 2022 in the NCAA tournament.
- Meyers also grabbed six rebounds, her 13th game this season with at least five boards. She tied her career high with 11 rebounds in the Terps’ final game against Michigan.
1,000 point update
- Miller climbed further into the all-time top 20 in career standings at No. 20 with 1,426 ranking at No. 18. She passed Myra Waters (1,423 from 1979-82) and Kris Kirchner (1,425 from 1978-80). Next on the list at number 17 is Marché Strickland, who scored 1,450 points from 1999-2002.
- Meyers now has 1,250 career points with 947 in her three seasons at Princeton before joining the Terps this season.
- Lavender Briggs, who surpassed 1,000 points in Maryland’s game against Notre Dame, now has 1,106 points overall. She scored 961 in Florida.
- Brine Alexanderwho surpassed the 1,000-point threshold against Rutgers now has 1,038 career points, including 841 with Vanderbilt
- Pinzan is also still chasing 1,000 points 996 after four hits. For her career. She had 916 points in South Florida.
Two digit update
- Meyers hit double digits for the 17th time this season and 69th time of her career, making it her best season 24 points.
- salesperson With a 15-point performance, she reached double digits for the 19th time in 22 games this season. She has done this a total of 31 times in her career.
- with With 14 points, Miller hit double digits for the 20th time in 21 games this season. She has scored 10 points or more 75 times in her 104-game career. She has now scored 15 or more points in 12 straight games and has surpassed 20 points for the eighth time this season.
- Bri McDaniel had her best scoring game since her first college game, opening the year with George Mason at 13 XXX points. It was her second double-digit career game.
Home Sweet Home
- The Terps are now 8-2 at home this season and have won their last six straight games at XFINITY Center.
- Maryland has been a dominant home team, especially in the last decade. The terps are 589-139 (.809) all-time at College Park, dating back to the inaugural 1971-72 season.
- Maryland is 296-44 (.871) at home under Brenda Frese, whose first season at College Park was XFINITY Center’s inaugural season. This is in the top 10 toughest places in the country.
- The Terps are now 192-52 (.789) all-time against their Big Ten opponents.
- Since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15, the Terrapins have gone 150-22 (.872) against their conference opponents, including their 19-3 record in the Big Ten tournament.
- In the 21 years under Frese, the terps are 161-26 (.861) against their Big Ten opponents.
- Frese is 174-31 (.849) all-time against Big Ten opponents, including her time at Minnesota and Ball State.
- The Terrapins are also 131-8 (.942) when scoring 70 points or more in Big Ten games since 2014-15.
- Since their first year in the Big Ten, the Terps have stood at 115-4 (.966) when holding their league opponents to 70 points or less.
- This was the 35th all-time matchup between Maryland and Penn State.
- The Terps own the series 21-14 and have won all 13 matches since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15.
- The Terps will head out for a top 10 match against No. 6 Iowa (17-4 overall, 9-1 Big Ten) on Thursday, February 2 at 8:30 p.m. The teams are separated by a half game in Big Ten standings, behind only Indiana (20-1, 10-1). The game will be broadcast on ESPN.