COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Moments after raising the banner for their second consecutive Big Ten championship, the No. 6 Maryland Terrapins flexed their muscles as the favorites for another title.
Freshman Destiny Slocum scored 15 points, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 14 points and Maryland breezed by UMass-Lowell 100-44 in its opener Sunday.
The Terrapins entered the season with the nation's top recruiting class, a group that shined in its debut. Freshman Kaila Charles started alongside Slocum and finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.
"We talked about in pregame what kind of work had to go into unveiling that banner," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I know in our locker room we have even bigger goals of how we want to finish this season."
Brianna Fraser had 14 points and Ieshia Small scored 12 for Maryland, which outrebounded UMass-Lowell 52-30. The Terrapins scored 48 points off 34 UMass-Lowell turnovers.
Maryland, which finished 31-4 last season, was in sync from the opening tip and started the game on a 17-3 run. Walker-Kimbrough led the way with six points over that stretch.
"We wanted to come out and set the tone early," Walker-Kimbrough said. "One of goals today was just to play Maryland basketball: defend, rebound and run. I thought we did a good job early speeding them up, but we have to make sure we sustain that for 40 minutes."
The Terrapins remained dominant at both ends of the court and continued to pull away from the outmatched River Hawks. The Terps had 11 steals over an 11-minute span in the first half.
Maryland was 23 of 38 (60.5 percent) from the field and led 57-16 at the break. The Terrapins were just as dominant in the second half, and a jumper by Small increased the margin to 89-32 with 7:45 left in the game.
"It's a good test," River Hawks coach Jenerrie Harris said about playing Maryland. "It's nice to be able to go against one of the best teams in the country. Maybe where we can't make each other pay in practice, that can make us pay in a situation like this so that we can make the improvement for later in the season."
Nicole Hayner led UMass-Lowell (0-2) with 17 points.
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks are looking to improve from last season, when they went 4-24 overall and 1-15 in the America East. UMass-Lowell is expected to get a boost from freshmen Megan Hendrick and Tyshay Britten, both of whom are pushing for spots in the starting lineup.
Maryland: The Terrapins are poised for another big season, with one of the best front courts in the nation and a deep bench. Maryland is expected to contend for a second national championship under Frese.
Maryland has talent up and down its roster and got points from 12 players in the opener. The Terrapins' bench outscored UMass-Lowell 50-15. No player on Maryland played more than 25 minutes. "We have a lot more speed this year and depth," Frese said. "We definitely want to be able to change up and give a lot of different looks on the defensive end."
After committing 34 turnovers in the first half, UMass-Lowell did a much better job protecting the ball after the break. The River Hawks turned the ball over just four times in the third quarter.
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks open at home against Fairfield on Thursday.
Maryland: The Terrapins play their second of three consecutive home games against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday.
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