LINCOLN, Neb. -- The 10th-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team (20-3, 9-1 B1G) secured a two-game lead atop the Big Ten standings with a 67-54 win at Nebraska (17-7, 8-3) Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Maryland led 14-10 at the end of first quarter but was dealing with two early foul trouble. Stephanie Jones and Fraser each picked up two fouls in the first 10 minutes.
The Terps pushed their lead to 10 at 24-14 off a layup by Channise Lewis with 3:45 left in the half, then an 8-0 Nebraska run cut it to a two-point game with 1:14 to play. Confroy found Lewis for an open three-pointer at the end of the shot clock to push it back to a five-point lead with 45 seconds left in the second quarter. Maryland would lead 27-22 at the break.
The Terrapins opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run to push their lead to 12 after scores by Charles, Confroy and Jones.
Jones picked up third foul with 5:59 left in the third quarter. Fraser checked in and scored seven straight points to put Maryland up 43-34 with 3:30 left in the period. The Terrapins led by eight at 47-39, at the end of third quarter.
A layup by the Huskers' Maddie Simon cut the Terps’ lead to six with 2:48 to go at 55-49, but a three-point play by Fraser held them off. Lewis, Charles and Christinaki sunk free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
With the victory, Maryland reached the 20-win mark for the 14th straight season in head coach Brenda Frese’s 16 years in College Park.
The Terps are 7-0 vs. the Huskers and 3-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Maryland is ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Next, the Terrapins will play at Michigan State (14-10, 4-7) Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Spartans' Breslin Center in East Lansing.
The Terps-Spartans matchup will be televised around the world on the Big Ten Network. Click here for your channel number for BTN. Fans can also watch on the BTN2Go app and BTN2Go.com. Fans outside the U.S. can watch here. Live stats will be available and live updates will be posted to the Terrapins’ Twitter feed at @umdwbb.