Maryland Terrapins

#9 Terps Hold Off Rutgers to Win Seventh Straight

Maryland Athletics

#10/9 Maryland
February 11, 2018 || The RAC

PISCATAWAY, N.J.  -- Brenda Frese and her Maryland Terrapins just keep finding ways to win.

Eleanna Christinaki scored 18 points to lead five Terps in double figures and No. 10 Maryland used a big run at the end of the first half to beat Rutgers 72-54 on Sunday.

"We lost an awful lot and it speaks volumes of the character and chemistry we have in the locker room," Frese said. "Everyone doubted them and counted them out this season. They just know they need each other and it's a true definition of a team."

The Terrapins (22-3, 11-1 Big Ten) led 30-26 with 3:43 left in the half before they scored 13 of the final 14 points in the second quarter. Senior Kristen Confroy had five of her 12 points during the burst and five players scored during the game-changing run.

"The defense picked up and we got a lot more aggressive," Frese said.

Sophomore Stephanie Jones added 13 points and fifth-year senior Ieshia Small and sophomore Kaila Charles each scored 10.

Maryland led 43-27 at the half and Rutgers tried to cut into the deficit in the second half, but couldn't get within single digits.

Rutgers trailed 64-54 with just under 2:30 left when Charles converted a layup. Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer thought that Charles had traveled before the layup and let the official know. The Hall of Fame coach was given a technical foul and the Scarlet Knights didn't challenge after that.

Victoria Harris had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Rutgers (18-9, 6-7). This game finished off a rough stretch for the Scarlet Knights, who played four straight games against ranked teams, including the Terrapins twice. Rutgers went 1/3 in those games.

With three three-pointers in Sunday’s game, Confroy became the second Terrapin in program history to make 200 threes, joining Kristi Toliver. She is also No. 3 in the Maryland record books in career three-point percentage (.406).

Charles has scored in double figures in 23 of 25 games this season. Confroy has played in 108 straight games, dating back to February of her freshman year.

Maryland owns the series over Rutgers, 25-11 and won has won all six meetings since joining the league in 2014. Brenda Frese is 6-1 vs. Rutgers in her career. Maryland is 8-6 at the RAC, including the last three.

Next, the Terrapins will return home to host Purdue (16-9, 7-4) Thursday at 6 p.m. at the XFINITY Center. For tickets, call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP or click here.

Thursday's game is Kristen Confroy Bobblehead Night. All fans in attendance will receive a scratch off ticket upon entry into XFINITY Center. Five hundred lucky fans will take home a Kristen Confroy bobblehead. 

The Terps-Boilermakers 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 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.

 The Associated Press contributed to this report.




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