LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The fifth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team (6-0) held off Washington State (4-2), 79-69, Saturday in the South Point Shootout at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
The teams were tied at 34 at halftime, Maryland led 53-52 at the end of the third quarter, then outscored the Cougars 26-17 in the final 10 minutes to seal the win.
Brionna Jones had 20 points and a career-high 20 rebounds with five steals. Freshman Kaila Charles added 19 points, 15 in the second half. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 15 and went 9-for-9 from the foul line. Destiny Slocum scored 11 point, eight of which came down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
"This team is really, really competitive, so I think they'd much rather play in games like this where you're tested to be able to see how to work through a game," head coach Brenda Frese said. "We really enjoyed it."
The Cougars led by six in the first half and part of the third quarter. With game tied at 61, Jones hit two free throws and Slocum added a 3-pointer and two free throws in a 10-2 run to put Maryland ahead 71-63 with 1:39 left to play.
"I think this just shows how hard we have to compete going forward," Jones said.
The senior center's offensive rebounds helped keep her teammates in it in the first half. She delivered clutch plays down the stretch as her teammates found a rhythm.
"She was huge," Frese said. "We knew we were going to be able to go inside, but her presence, they had no answer for her on both ends of the floor."
Borislava Hristova scored 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting for Washington State The Cougars were 7 of 21 from the foul line.
Maryland beat No. 21 Arizona State (3-2) with a dominant 83-42 victory Friday afternoon in the South Point Shootout at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 6 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Division I Coaches poll.
Next, the Terps will play at No. 4 Louisville (6-0) Thursday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at the KFC Yum! Center. The Terps-Cardinals game will be streamed online through ACC Network Extra. Viewers will need to enter their cable login information to watch.
The Assciated Press contributed to this report.