COLLEGE PARK, MD (NWN) – Angel Reese led 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 4 Maryland to a 97-67 win over Longwood on Tuesday.
The Terrapins (1–0) returned all five starters from a season earlier, although one of them, guard Diamond Miller, missed the game with a knee pain. Maryland still had five players in double digits. Freshman Shayne Sellers scored 17 points and Ashley Owusu and Mimi Collins scored 16 points.
Kayla McMakin scored 22 points for Longwood.
The Lancers held the game close for most of the first half. It was 21 after a quarter, and Maryland led 32-29 and finished the second quarter with a 15-5 run. Katie Benzon started the second half with two 3-pointers to extend the lead to 19, and it was 76-47 after three.
Although Maryland has plenty of seasoned talent to return to, Terps got a good boost from a new player in the season opener. Sellers shot 7-12 and played 30 minutes.
Benjon scored 11 points and scored three of Maryland’s nine 3-pointers.
Longwood: The last time these teams met was in 2011, with Maryland winning 84-38. The final gap was a little closer this time around, and it was actually a game of 19 points before the Terrapins closed with a 14-3 run. The Lancers are expected to be one of the better teams in the Big South, and they showed why in the first half.
Maryland: The big news from the game was Miller’s absence. The Terraps didn’t need his Tuesday, but with a schedule that includes No. 1 South Carolina, No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 North Carolina State and No. 7 Baylor, they’ll want to be as close to full force as possible.
Longwood: The Lancers hosted Stony Brook on Friday.
Maryland: The Terrapins hosted the Villanovas on Friday night, starting five games over 10 days.
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