COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Laurin Mincy scored 13 points and No. 10 Maryland extended its winning streak to five games with a 65-43 victory over Loyola (Md.) on Monday night.
Sophomore Brionna Jones added a season-high 12 points for the Terrapins (5-0). Lexie Brown finished with 11 points and has scored in double figures in every game this season for Maryland.
Lisa Mirarchi led the Greyhounds with 15 points, while Bri Betz-White scored 10. Loyola, however, was held to just seven field goals in the second half.
Brown made a pair of 3-pointers and Maryland raced out to a 13-3 lead with 15:56 left in the first half. Betz-White responded for the Greyhounds and her 3-pointer helped pull Loyola to within 19-14 with 11:48 remaining. Another 3-pointer by Mirarchi pulled the Greyhounds to within 23-21, forcing Maryland to call a timeout.
Mincy finished with 9 points and Maryland closed out the half on a 15-5 run to extend the lead to 38-26. Maryland put the game away early in the second half.
The Terps then pulled away in the second half as consecutive 3-pointers by Brown and Chloe Pavlech. followed by a pair of shots by Mincy, increased the margin to 50-30 with 14:17 left. Maryland wasn’t threatened the rest of the way and a layup by Kiara Leslie provided a 62-36 lead with 5:43 remaining in the game.
The Terps have now won 15 consecutive games against the Greyhounds since 1998 and lead the all-time series 21-3.
Maryland: Sophomore Lexie Brown was one of just six underclassmen named to the Wooden Award’s Preseason Top 30 List on Monday. Brown is averaging 12.5 points and is among the Big Ten leaders in steals with 3.0 per game.
Loyola: Freshman Bri Betz-White continues to shine for Loyola after earning a starting spot. The 5-foot-3 guard is effective in creating shots and has scored in double-figures in three of her first four games.
Maryland plays James Madison in the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico on Friday, and then Washington State the following day.
Loyola plays at Pittsburgh on Sunday.
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