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No. 5 Maryland never trails in 73-59 win over Purdue


No. 5 Maryland never trails in 73-59 win over Purdue

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Coming off a rare Big Ten loss, No. 5 Maryland couldn't wait to get back on the basketball court.

Purdue had the misfortune of being the next team on the Terrapins' schedule, and the Boilermakers had a pretty good idea what to expect.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 23 and Brionna Jones had 12 points and 11 rebounds to help Maryland roll to a 73-59 victory Thursday night.

Following a 94-86 defeat at Ohio State, the Terrapins (22-3, 11-2) never trailed in beating the Boilermakers for the second time in nine days.

"We knew it was obviously going to be very tough," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said. "Maryland is a great team. It's not always who you're playing but when you play them. We knew that they lost to Ohio State. So for them, they're even more focused than ever before."

Maryland has dropped only two Big Ten games since joining the conference last season -- both this year against the Buckeyes.

So, three days after falling at Ohio State, the Terrapins did their best to make things right.

"Anytime you can bounce back how we did and get a quality win over a top 5 opponent in the conference is a great thing," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "Especially having to play them twice. So I'm excited about the toughness we had to come back and be resilient."

Ashley Morrissette led Purdue (16-8, 7-6) with 18 points and April Wilson added 14. The Boilermakers have lost three in a row and six of eight.

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The last time these teams met, Walker-Kimbrough scored 41 in an 87-67 rout. In this one, the junior guard had only 10 points at halftime.

"Today, we did a better job," Versyp said.

But the Terrapins built a 46-33 lead in the third quarter and never let the margin shrink below seven points in winning for the 10th time in 11 games.

After committing 23 turnovers at Ohio State, Maryland was guilty of 20.

"Obviously there are still some areas that we've got to improve on, turnovers being the big one for us," Frese said.

That was offset by a 45-35 advantage on the boards and an 18 for 21 performance on the foul line.

"For us, to score more points in the paint (24-22), it was a huge advantage to us," said Versyp. "But when (Maryland gets) to the foul line 21 times, and our team doesn't, that's a big difference."

Purdue attempted only seven free throws.

"I wasn't really pleased with a lot of things," Versyp said.

Jones had nine points and eight rebounds in the first half to stake the Terrapins to a 35-27 lead.

Purdue closed to 37-31 early in the second half before Walker-Kimbrough made a layup and teammate Kristen Confroy buried a 3-pointer to spark a 9-2 spree that put the Terrapins up by 13.

At that point, the Terrapins could begin to put the Ohio State loss behind them.

"It's always a good feeling to come back and get a win against another great opponent," Jones said.


Maryland: The Terrapins haven't lost two straight since Nov. 29 and Dec. 3, 2014. (Washington State and Notre Dame). ... Maryland improved to 7-1 against Purdue with its fifth straight win in the series.


Maryland: The Terrapins face Northwestern on the road Sunday, a rematch of a Jan. 17 game that Maryland won 80-62.

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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."