COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Marah Strickland had a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, Lynetta Kizer added 18 points and No. 14 Maryland defeated UNC Asheville 90-57 Monday in the first round of the Terrapin Classic.
Sa'de Wiley Gatewood added 12 points for Maryland (10-2), which has won three straight and 10 of 11. The Terrapins played their first home game since Nov. 23.
Kristi Toliver, the Terrapins' starting point guard, served a one-game suspension for violating a team rule. She will return Tuesday for the tournament final against Mississippi State, which beat Marshall 73-65.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Thompson gave Asheville a 21-20 lead with 6:33 remaining in the first half. But the Terrapins, who started 6-for-28 from the floor, scored the next 13 points.