MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The ninth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team (22-5, 11-3 B1G) ran into a red-hot Minnesota squad and fell, 93-74, Sunday at Williams Arena.
Kaila Charles led the Terrapins with 16 points, including 13 in the second half, 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Stephanie Jones added 13 points and Kristen Confroy and Ieshia Small each scored 12.
Minnesota (21-6, 10-4) went 14-for-24 (58 percent) from outside the arc and four different Gophers hit threes in the game.
“It’s really, really tough to win on the road,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “I thought Minnesota was sensational tonight in every effort. We had a game plan to try and run them off the three point line, but they were able to get downhill on us, penetrate and kick. From our end, the foul trouble hurt us early with a lot of different things we had to plug. Just taking this, in the second half, I thought we responded better in terms of trying to close possessions and get better from it.”
Maryland led by five early, then a three by Minnesota’s Gadiva Hubbard started a run to put the Gophers in front 24-19 at the end of the first quarter. Jones and junior Brianna Fraser both picked up two fouls in the first quarter.
Minnesota went 6-for-8 from three-point range in the second quarter to take a 53-39 lead into halftime.
The Terrapins won the fourth quarter, 20-14, and held Minnesota without a three-pointer in the last period to cut into the lead.
Next, Maryland will play at No. 23 Michigan (20-8, 9-6) Thursday at 6 p.m. in Ann Arbor.
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