In her NCAA Tournament debut, Mountain View High graduate Destiny Slocum dished out a game-leading seven assists as the third-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team defeated Patriot League champion Bucknell 103-61 on Friday at the XFINITY Center.
Maryland (31-2) faces sixth-seeded West Virginia (24-10) — a 75-62 winner over Elon — in the round of 32 at home Sunday. The tipoff time is TBD.
Slocum, a freshman point guard, played 28 minutes for the Terps and added seven rebounds, five points and one steal.
“It was fun, something you always dream of as a kid that has now become a reality,” Slocum told the Idaho Statesman. “It was a blessing to especially be at home for our first game. It was a great way to start off the tournament.”
Seniors Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones paced Maryland as it earned its seventh consecutive trip to the second round of the tournament. Walker-Kimbrough scored 28 points, and Jones had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds.
The Terps topped the 100-point mark for the seventh time this season and the second time in three games.
Maryland is in the Bridgeport Region with top-seeded and unbeaten UConn, which has won 107 consecutive games and four consecutive national titles. The Huskies beat Maryland 87-81 on Dec. 29. A rematch could occur in the Elite Eight.
“The number doesn’t change who we are as a team,” Slocum told the Associated Press of Maryland’s tournament seeding. “As long as we go out there and do what we have to do, that’s what’s going to get us the farthest.”
Maryland is coming off its third straight Big Ten championship and is ranked fourth in the country, but the Terps hope to avoid losing in the second round for the second straight season. The Terrapins lost to national semifinalist Washington last year.