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Maryland survives first big test at Paradise Jam


Maryland survives first big test at Paradise Jam

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Maryland faced its first real test of the season, and the Terrapins passed.

They had won their first four games by an average of 51.5 points, but had to rally to stay unbeaten.

Brionna Jones had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help the No. 6 Terrapins beat South Dakota State 62-55 on Friday night in the Paradise Jam.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 19 points for Maryland (5-0), which blew a 10-point halftime lead before holding off the Jackrabbits.

With Maryland down 50-48 midway through the fourth quarter, Walker-Kimbrough and Jones took over. The pair combined for eight straight points to give the Terrapins a 56-52 lead with 1:26 left. Madison Guebert hit a 3-pointer 24 seconds later to get the Jackrabbits within one. That was the last point they would get and Maryland hit four of six free throws in the last 1:02 seconds to seal the win.

"They're all not going to be pretty. We hung in there, we were resilient," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said, "It was nice for us to have that kind of test. You're going against a team that isn't going to go away. They had a tough game against Notre Dame and we knew they were going to be a really tough opponent. To come in here and be battle-tested against a great team made us better."

Macy Miller scored 13 points and Guebert added 11 to lead South Dakota State (3-2).

"Maryland is a great team. We played really well. Played good defense, but when it came down to it, we couldn't get the rebounds we really wanted and didn't make the shots at the end," Miller said.

The Terrapins got off to a quick start outscoring the Jackrabbits 17-4 in the first quarter behind Walker-Kimbrough and Jones. The pair combined to score the first 15 points for Maryland.

Maryland was up 10 at the half before the Jackrabbits rallied. They tied it at 46 on a 3-pointer by Gabrielle Boever, her only points of the game. Miller's layup with 5:36 left gave South Dakota State it's only lead at 50-48.

This was the second top 10 team this season that the Jackrabbits hung tough with. They lost to No. 3 Notre Dame by 11 earlier in the season.

"(Games like this) build up our confidence a lot. Losing to Notre Dame by 11 and Maryland by 7, I think going into each and every game we are going to have to use that," Miller said. "We know we can compete with these good teams."


Maryland: The Terrapins have been ranked in 97 straight Associated Press polls, dating to the preseason poll of the 2010-11 season. ... Jones' career high for points (24) was set against Illinois last season.

South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits have played Maryland once before, losing in Cancun, Mexico, in 2008. ... The Jackrabbits are 16-13 in regular-season tournaments.


Maryland will face Pittsburgh on Saturday.

South Dakota State will play Old Dominion on Saturday.

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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."