Mount Women's Basketball Falls to No. 10/8 Maryland in Season Opener

Mount Women's Basketball Falls to No. 10/8 Maryland in Season Opener

College Park, Md. (November 14, 2014) -- In the 2014-15 season opener for both teams, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team was handed a 109-45 road loss at No. 10/8 Maryland on Friday at the XFINITY Center. Senior Jacqueline Brewer paced the Mount's offense with 12 points.

The Mountaineers (0-1) also received a 10-point effort from senior Jenn Carney to go with a career-high 10 rebounds from sophomore Kaitlyn Eisenhard.

Coming off a Final Four appearance, the Terrapins (1-0), which were selected as the favorite in the Big Ten in their first year in the conference, finished with seven players in double figures. Kiara Leslie and Tierney Pfirman notched 16 points apiece to lead the Maryland offense.  

"Maryland is an amazing team and a very talented and deep team," Mount St. Mary's Head Coach Bryan Whitten said. "We saw some good things, but we are a very young team. We have a ways to go, and we need mental toughness. We have to be able to execute against adversity."

Maryland jumped on the Mount early with a 9-0 advantage through three minutes before Brewer got the Mount on the board with her lone three-pointer of the day. 

Later in the half, the Terrapins used a 15-4 run to extend their lead to 26-9 with just under 12 minutes left before halftime. The home side continued to utilize their size advantage inside by scoring 22 of their 57 first-half points in the paint and holding a 23-13 rebounding edge en route to a 57-25 lead through 20 minutes.

Maryland opened the second half with a 20-4 run to help the lead balloon to 77-29 with 13:38 remaining. 

The Terps shot 40-of-69 (58.0 percent) on the day and held a 45-30 rebounding advantage. For the Mountaineers, Carney and freshman Jessica Harris both knocked down a pair of three-pointers, as the Mount shot 15-of-51 (29.4 percent) from the floor.

The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 18, to face Fordham on the road in the Bronx, N.Y. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: The Mount falls to 0-6 in the all-time series versus Maryland... In games versus teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, the Mount is now 0-10... Mount St. Mary's record in season openers goes to 21-20 all-time and 10-17 since moving to Division I prior to the 1988-89 season... Maryland is ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.