#22 Maryland Edges Past Purdue, 56-55

Dec. 2, 2010

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    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -The 22nd-ranked Maryland women's basketball team rallied from an 11-point deficit to win at Purdue 56-55 Thursday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Terrapins (6-1) outscored the Boilermakers (4-1) 13-3 in the last five minutes for the win.

    Junior Lynetta Kizer led the Terps with 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field. She was 6-for-8 at the line. Sophomore Diandra Tchatchouang and freshman Alyssa Thomas each scored 12 points.

    The Terps led early with a four point lead in the first four minutes of the game. They traded leads with the Boilermakers throughout the first half and went into the break down 27-25.

    Purdue held an 11-point lead with five minutes remaining before Kizer made two free throws to spark the Terps' run. Thomas scored six points within that stretch, while Tchatchouang added four. They forced the Boilermakers into five turnovers in those last few minutes.

    The Terrapins grabbed 40 boards to the Boilermaker's 27, including 19 offensive rebounds to Purdue's 10. Maryland scored 20 second chance points, while Purdue scored just six. Thomas led with nine rebounds and Kizer added eight. They forced Purdue into a season-high 24 turnovers and grabbed 12 steals. Sophomore Dara Taylor led with four.

    Taylor also dished four assists. Freshman Natasha Cloud added three.

    Maryland shot 37.7 percent from the field for the game to Purdue's 39.6 percent. The Terps shot 75 percent from the foul line (15-for-20), while the Boilermakers were 81.6 at the stripe (13-for-16).

    Purdue's Courtney Moses led with 12 points, including three three-pointers. The Terps held the Boilermakers' leading scorer, Brittany Rayburn to 2-for-11 shooting from the field.

    With the win, the Terrapins are 4-0 all time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

    The Terrapins will return home to Comcast Center to play Appalachian State Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be shown online on TerpsTV Premium. For tickets, please visit the Terrapin Ticket Office online at or call 1-800-IM-A-TERP.