COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Taylor Mikesell scored 19 points and No. 7 Maryland cruised to an 83-48 victory over Loyola of Maryland on Monday to remain undefeated.
Shakira Austin had 17 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double and Stephanie Jones added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Terrapins, who overcame a sluggish opening eight minutes to build a 20-point halftime lead.
Maryland, which outscored Loyola 54-4 in the paint, is off to a 10-0 start for the third time in the last four seasons.
Delaney Connolly scored 17 points to lead Loyola (0-10), which shot just 29.6 percent from the floor.
The Terps led 9-8 with two minutes left in the first quarter, but Channise Lewis’ 3-pointer sparked a 17-0 run to put the game out of reach. Mikesell connected on a pair of 3s during the spurt, while Austin had five points in the stretch.
The Greyhounds never cut the deficit to fewer than 14 points.
Maryland has won 18 in a row against Loyola, including in each of the last 13 seasons, and leads the all-time series 25-3.
Loyola: The Greyhounds had lost each of their previous four games by 10 points or fewer, but they struggled to get traction against the most talented team on their schedule. Loyola was picked to finish third in the Patriot League; its season will be defined by how it fares in conference play beginning Jan. 3.
Maryland: The Terps continue to dominate before the start of Big Ten play on Dec. 28. Maryland has won all but one of its games by at least 11 points, a 58-51 victory over Georgia on Nov. 24 the exception.
Loyola heads into its exams break and will play only once the rest of the month, a Dec. 22 trip to Monmouth.
Maryland has a 10-day break for exams. It visits Delaware on Dec. 20 in its final nonconference game.
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