RALEIGH, N.C. – Freshman Lexie Brown added a career-high 20 points, while senior Alyssa Thomas added 18 points and nine rebounds, but No. 8 Maryland women’s basketball fell behind late in the second half to get edged at No. 18 North Carolina State, 72-63.
Maryland (16-4, 4-3 ACC) led 53-44 with 12:21 to play, then a layup by NC State’s Kody Burke sparked a 28-10 run to close the game.
NC State (19-3, 6-2) started the game off with a 6-0 lead less than two minutes in. The Terrapins responded with a 22-6 run, jumpstarted by Brown’s two threes. Thomas added 10 consecutive points herself in the run as the Terps led by 10 with 11 minutes left in the half.
Wolfpack guards Len’Nique Brown and Miah Spencer combined for an 11-0 run to take back the lead at 31-29 with 2:51 left in the half.
Katie Rutan responded with a three, then Brown hit back to back buckets as the Terps took a 38-33 lead into the break.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press and No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches polls.
Next, the Terrapins will head to Syracuse (15-5, 4-3) Sunday for a televised game at noon. It will be shown on Comcast SportsNet locally, Fox Sports South, ESPN3 (subject to blackout) and more. For the full list of available channels, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/news-detail/RSN-Affiliates-for-ACCWBB-Maryland-at-Syracuse_01-27-14_xt66mp. Live stats will be available through umterps.com and live updates will be at twitter.com/umdwbb