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Nov. 17, 2012

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PHILADELPHIA - No. 5 Maryland found itself in a tough battle at Saint Joseph's Saturday and a few late game misses helped the Hawks edge the Terps, 50-49.

Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and 15 rebounds while Laurin Mincy added 14 points for the Terrapins (2-1), who opened the season with a 39-point victory over Mount St. Mary's and a 43-point win over Loyola.

Chatilla van Grinsven scored 18 points and Saint Joseph's stunned No. 5 Maryland 50-49 on Saturday.

Maryland, a regional finalist in last season's NCAA tournament, couldn't shake the Hawks, even after building a 47-38 lead with 9:10 remaining.

Saint Joseph's responded with a 12-2 run to take a 50-49 lead with 4:21 left. The Terrapins committed five of their 19 turnovers during the spurt.

Thomas hit a jumper for a 49-44 lead with seven minutes remaining, but that was all the offense the Terrapins would muster the rest of the game.

Still, Maryland had three chances to win in the final 19 seconds.

Katie Rutan missed a jumper and Thomas had her follow shot blocked by van Grinsven. The Terrapins had one last chance with less than a second left, but Tianna Hawkins missed from the baseline.

Erin Shields added 10 points for the Hawks, who won despite being outrebounded 47-27. Thomas had nine offensive rebounds.

Next, the Terps will return home to take on American Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. in Comcast Center. For tickets, log on to UMTerps.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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