CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The 15th-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team overcame a late deficit to win at Virginia, 60-59, Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at John Paul Jones Arena.
A layup by sophomore Kaila Charles with 40 seconds to play gave the Terrapins (6-2) the lead for good. With the victory, the Terps won their fourth straight game and are 10-1 all-time in the Challenge.
“I thought Virginia played really inspired, hungry and was really tough tonight,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “We’re a young team and you’re seeing us growing up game by game, possession by possession. Tough game overall for us in terms of how we like to play, but fortunately for us, Steph Jones showed up for us tonight. I thought she was huge with her presence, her toughness, her tenacity. Games like this on the road in a hostile environment will just make us better.”
Maryland ended the first quarter on an 8-2 run to lead 20-15 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Jones scored eight of her points, and grabbed four of her boards early.
The teams stayed in a two-possession battle, until Maryland closed the second quarter on a 9-2 run, led by two threes from sophomore Blair Watson and one from Confroy to lead 34-25 at halftime.
Maryland pushed its lead to 47-39 with two buckets by Small with 2:43 left in the third quarter. Free throws by the Cavaliers’ Aliyah Huland El with 53 seconds left in the period started an 11-0 run by Virginia (3-5) that bridged the third and fourth quarters.
Huland El hit a three-pointer to give Virginia a 54-51 lead with 7:40 left to play, then Confroy hit a three to tie it just over a minute later.
The teams traded the lead three times over the last six minutes before Charles’ layup with 40 seconds left gave the Terps a 59-58 advantage. The Terrapins forced a turnover on the other end, then Charles was fouled on the defensive rebound. She sunk a free throw to make it 60-58 with 18 seconds left.
Virginia’s Lauren Moses made a free throw with 14 seconds to play to make it 60-59, then the Terrapins held on for the win.
Charles was one of 50 of the top players in the country named to the Citizen Naismith Watch List Wednesday.
Maryland is ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll and in the USA Today Coaches poll, released this week.
Confroy grew up in Solon, Ohio, about 30 miles from the University of Akron. The Terrapins will visit her home and spend time with her family and friends Friday night.