Women’s Basketball Falls at No. 19 Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Despite a pair of 12-point efforts from Mallorie Haines and Elle Sutphin, the Davidson Wildcats fell 70-52 to the No. 19 Terps on Wednesday morning.
In front of 7,000 screaming kids on Maryland’s Education Day, the ‘Cats shot 38.2 percent from the floor including a 50 percent (13-26) effort in the second half. Haines, who set a new career-high with her 12 points, shot 4-8 from the field and hit three 3-pointers. Suzi-Rose Deegan added 10 points for Davidson, as Sallie Schutz recorded six points while earning the first start of her career.
Maryland’s Diamond Miller wasted no time in the Xfinity Center, hitting her first of two 3-pointers just 16 seconds into the game, before Schutz hit Davidson’s first trey to tie the game at 5-5 early. The Wildcats would tie the Terps once more, making it 10-10 with a three from Haines at the 2:55-mark before going on a nearly four-minute scoring drought.
Haines got the Wildcats back on the board with a floater at the start of the second quarter to cut the deficit to two, 14-12, but the Terps answered back and rattled off an 8-0 run to build a 10-point lead for their largest of the day. Davidson matched Maryland in scoring, 7-7, over the final 6:30 of the half, but went into the locker room down 29-19 at the break.
The ‘Cats came out of halftime on a tear, shooting 5-of-5 from the field and pulling back within eight of the Terps on three different occasions. After a driving layup from Issy Morgan made it 39-31, Maryland responded with a 15-6 run and secured the lead for good, 54-35 at the end of the third.
Davidson shot lights out in the fourth quarter (7-14 FG, 3-6 3PT) and outscored Maryland 17-16, but the Terrapins hung onto their lead and ultimately came out on top with the 18-point victory.
The Wildcats will return to action for three-straight games at the Hostilo Hoops Community Classic in Savannah, Ga beginning on Monday, Nov. 21. Davidson will take on Austin Peay, UIC and Fairleigh Dickinson over the three days leading up to Thanksgiving.