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Slocum & the seniors light it up against Niagara

Destiny Slocum (5) leads Maryland in 3-pointers and assists and is second on the team with 14.5 ppg through four contests.

Destiny Slocum (5) leads Maryland in 3-pointers and assists and is second on the team with 14.5 ppg through four contests.

On a team led by two All-Americans, freshman Destiny Slocum continues to impressively make her mark for the Maryland women’s basketball team. Sunday in her first collegiate road game, Slocum nailed five 3-pointers in a 25-point effort with seven rebounds to lead the Terps to a 96-64 victory over the Niagara Purple Eagles.

It was a wire-to-wire win for the Terps. They scored the first six points of the game and built as much as a 14 first-quarter lead before the mid-way point of the quarter even came. A layup by Niagara’s Dagny Davidsdottir and a three-point play by Kaylee Stroemple cut it down to nine points in just a few seconds, but the Terps held a 27-17 lead by the end of the first period.

Slocum them help the Terps pull away in the second quarter with 14 points by herself. She nailed two 3-pointers, had another old-fashion three-point play and also hit three free throws’s after being fouled on an outside shot. Immediately after hitting those three free throws she stole the ball and nailed a layup.

Maryland out-scored Niagara 31-15 in the second quarter, and while Slocum was spreading the defense out with her outside shooting, the Terps dominated the Purple Eagles inside. Maryland out-scored Niagara 16-0 in the paint in the second quarter alone and took a 58-32 lead into halftime.

Out of the break Slocum dished assists to Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough to show off her passing even more. The two Maryland seniors each scored 16 points in the game.

Maryland held nothing less than a 21-point lead in the third quarter and after an early fourth-quarter shot by Niagara’s Kaylee Stroemple made it a 29-point game at 80-51, the Terps quickly got back up by 30 points and held at least that for the duration of the game.

The Terps out-shot the Purple Eagles 53.7% to 37.3% in the game and out-scored them 44-20 in the paint. Maryland’s bench also contributed 30 points to the team’s total. Five different players scored off the bench. Ieshia Small led the group with seven points.

After opening the season with four-straight over-matched opponents, the Terps will finally face some much stiffer competition when they travel to Las Vegas to take on the No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devil and Washington State in the South Point shootout on consecutive days.

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