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Maryland refuses Iona's upset bid, win 74-58


Maryland refuses Iona's upset bid, win 74-58

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Instead of emptying her bench in the fourth quarter, Maryland coach Brenda Frese implored her starters to hold off an unexpected charge by Iona.

The second-seeded Terrapins had to work for their 74-58 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, and Frese didn't mind one bit.

"It was great that we had to earn that game," Frese said afterward. "It was a tough, 40-minute game."

Showing the rust associated with a two-week layoff, the two-time Big Ten champions committed 19 turnovers in a sloppy victory over an Iona team making its NCAA Tournament debut. Maryland let a 19-point lead dwindle to 60-53 with 8:51 left before finally pulling away.

Should the Terrapins (31-3) face a similar situation in their bid to make a third straight appearance in the Final Four, they might be better for this experience.

"We just have to make sure we have to continue to keep our foot on the gas and not let up," said Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, who scored 19 points. "At this point in the season, everyone's good."

The Terrapins finished with a 42-25 rebounding advantage and outscored Iona 15-6 at the foul line to extend their winning streak to 10.

Maryland will next play at home Monday night against No. 7 seed Washington, which advanced with a 65-53 victory over Penn on Saturday.

Iona earned its first-ever berth in the tournament by winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference crown. Facing a team rich in postseason experience, the Gaels put up an impressive fight before succumbing.

"Obviously we would have loved to have the score go in a different direction, but Maryland is a very good, very well-coached team," coach Billi Godsey said.

Philecia Gilmore made seven 3-pointers and finished with 21 points. Her last long-range jumper, early in the fourth quarter, got Iona within seven points.

Frese never panicked.

"I think I would have called a timeout if I felt that," she said. "I had great confidence in terms of our experience and leadership."

Brene Moseley made two straight baskets for the Terrapins, sparking a 10-3 spurt that proved too much for the Gaels to overcome. Iona missed its final 10 shots.

Five players scored in double figures for Maryland. Walker-Kimbrough went 10 for 10 at the foul line, Moseley scored 15 points off the bench and Brionna Jones contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds.

"They have a lot of tough pieces that you have to try to stop," Godsey said.

Maryland led 42-27 at halftime despite committing 11 turnovers and failing to make a basket over the final 3:57 of the second quarter.

The Terrapins made their first six shots and got five points from Walker-Kimbrough in a 14-2 run that made it 16-8. It was 26-16 after a first quarter in which the Terps went 11 for 14 from the floor.

After going up by 15 at halftime, Maryland used a basket by Jones and two foul shots by Walker-Kimbrough to make it 46-27 early in the third quarter.

But Iona came back.

"It prepared us for next year," Gilmore said. "This loss right here, it hurts. But it's also motivation."


Iona: This was the last game for three senior starters: Joy Adams, Aaliyah Robinson and Karynda DuPree.

Maryland: The team's upperclassmen, most notably Moseley and Malinia Howard (10 points) played a huge role. "Once we settled in," Frese said, "you saw our experience come into play."


Iona: Adams, a senior forward, went 3 for 12 and scored six points, only the second time in her final 15 games she failed to reach double figures. She leaves the program as the MAAC career leading in rebounds. ... Gaels guard Marina Lizarazu went 5 for 16 with six turnovers and six assists.

Maryland: The Terrapins have won at least one NCAA Tournament game in each of the last six years. ... Maryland is 30-10 in the tournament under Frese.


Iona: Season over.

Maryland faces Washington on Monday.

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Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State


Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C.  — Kiara Leslie had 21 points and 11 rebounds against her former team, and North Carolina State beat Maryland 74-60 on Sunday in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament.

Leslie, who spent three seasons at Maryland before graduating and transferring to N.C. State, finished one point shy of a career high.

Kalia Ealey and Chelsea Nelson added 12 points apiece while Akela Maize scored 11 to help the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (26-8) earn their first Sweet 16 appearance since the late Kay Yow led an inspirational run in 2007.


N.C. State, which shot 45 percent and was 7 of 14 from 3-point range, will play the Oklahoma State-Mississippi State winner on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.

Brianna Fraser had 17 points for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (26-8), who were held to 37 percent shooting.

Leading scorer Kaila Charles, plagued all day by foul trouble, finished with four points -- 14 fewer than her average -- on 2-of-8 shooting before fouling out with 2:29 left. She had scored in double figures in 30 of her previous 33 games.

Maryland's offense, which averages 80 points, had trouble scoring against one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

N.C. State allows 56.7 points per game and only one team in the past two months -- top-seeded Notre Dame -- has reached 70 against the Wolfpack.


Maryland: The Terrapins were denied their sixth Sweet 16 in seven years in part because their potent perimeter game was nonexistent. Maryland, at 39.1 percent the nation's seventh-most accurate team, missed all five of its 3s. Kristen Confroy, who's third in the nation from long range at 40.3 percent, didn't attempt one.

N.C. State: Leslie kept tormenting her former teammates by turning steals into layups. Big brother C.J. Leslie led the N.C. State men's program to a Sweet 16 in 2012, and now she's headed to one, too.


N.C. State will play either top-seeded Mississippi State or ninth-seeded Oklahoma State on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.


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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."