Terriers lose 110-53 to No. 8 Terps in semis
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan Frazier has grown into Wofford's top offensive threat in her sophomore season.
And after scoring 19 points in an 110-53 loss to No. 8 Maryland Saturday in the Terrapin Classic semifinals, she proved she can be that threat against anyone.
"She's fearless," said Wofford coach Edgar Farmer of the guard, who is now averaging more than 14 points per game, 10 more than last season. "We knew that she was going to keep playing hard. And when she saw the ball go in early, I knew she was going to keep going."
It wasn't nearly enough against the Terrapins (11-1), who scored their most points in seven years and posted their largest margin of victory this season behind Alyssa Thomas' second triple-double in three games.
Wofford sank to its fifth straight loss during a six-game trip away from home, and has lost 17 straight road contests dating back to last December.
The Terriers (2-9) Sunday will play the loser of Saturday's other semifinal between Howard and College of Charleston in what will be a neutral site game.
"I thought our team competed and played very hard today, and that's all you can ask," said Farmer, whose team features nine freshmen and sophomores. "It's about the process. It's about the journey. And that's what we focus on."
For Maryland, Thomas scored 18 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and added 10 assists for the fourth triple-double of her career. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough tied a career high with 17 points and hit a career-high four 3-pointers. And Tierney Pfirman and Brene Moseley each added 14 points.
"We came in expecting--not to lose--but that it was going to be a tough game," Frazier said. "And I think we just wanted to execute our stuff and play good defense. We didn't always do that, as you can see, but that's what we wanted."
Frazier scored 13 points before halftime, including Wofford's first seven of the contest. But by the time she hit a pair of free throws to cap that early stretch, Maryland had already jumped out to a double-digit lead helped by Walker-Kimbrough's first 3-pointer.
Walker-Kimbrough hit two more in a 9-1 spurt that stretched it to 35-17, and her last, off a kickout feed from Brene Moseley, made it 56-28 to cap a 12-0 half-ending run and end any hopes of a Wofford comeback.
It was more of the same after halftime, with Thomas hitting an inside basket and assisting on a pair of transition layups as the Terps stretched the lead to 40 at 70-30.
The Terps later pushed it to 50 when Sequoia Austin's 3-pointer made it 85-35, and Thomas got her key 10th assist inside the final two minutes with a feed to Pfirman, prompting a late substitution and a reality check for Wofford's worn-down defense.
"All of her points were discrete," Frazier said of Thomas. "When she came out of the game and I saw how many points she scored, I was like, `I don't remember any of that.' She's pretty good."
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