ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Maryland women’s basketball team battled in a tight, one-possession matchup, but was ultimately edged by Michigan, 71-65, Thursday at the Crisler Center. The Terrapins (22-6, 11-4 B1G) trailed by one possession nine times in the fourth quarter alone, but two late threes by the Wolverines (21-8, 10-6) were the difference.
Kaila Charles led the way for Maryland with 27 points off 12-for-20 shooting from the field. She added five boards and two blocks. Stephanie Jones added 13 points and eight boards and Brianna Fraser chipped in 11 points off the bench.
“I thought we competed hard, regardless of the score, for 40 minutes,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “I thought we were really trying to play for one another and really find who the open person was. They never gave up. Anytime you go on the road in this conference, with us closing five of our last seven on the road, we showed great toughness.”
The Terrapins trailed nine, 21-12, at the end of the first quarter. A layup by Ieshia Small with 6:00 left in the second quarter jumpstarted a 15-5 Terps run to finish the half. Maryland forced five Wolverine turnovers in the final 4:00 of the quarter. The Terrapins trailed 35-33 at halftime.
Back-to-back layups by Charles to start the third period tied the game at 37. Another layup by Charles cut the Wolverines’ lead to 1 at 60-59, with 3:27 to play, then Michigan’s Kaitlynn Flaherty hit a three pointer to make it a four-point game.
Senior Kristen Confroy earned CoSIDA Academic All-District I First Team honors Thursday for the third straight year. She will graduate with her degree in biological sciences, focusing on physiology and neurobiology this spring. Confroy currently carries a GPA of 3.82. She was accepted into Wake Forest’s medical school earlier this winter.
Maryland is ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Next, the Terrapins will return home to host Nebraska (19-8, 10-4) Sunday at 12 p.m. in the regular season finale. The Terps will honor seniors Kristen Confroy and Ieshia Small prior to Sunday's game. For tickets, call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP or click here.
The Terps-Huskers game 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.