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No. 5 Maryland women top Northwestern 79-70

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No. 5 Maryland women top Northwestern 79-70

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- No. 5 Maryland jumped to a big lead and clamped down on Northwestern at the very end. In between, the Terrapins turned away several charges by the Wildcats.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 27 points, and Maryland held off Northwestern for a 79-70 victory on Sunday.

"I thought we had a really quick start when we came out in the first quarter -- 25-5 -- we were really ready to play," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "But we allowed the game to get interesting. We kind of let up on the gas pedal and Northwestern got a lot more aggressive."

Tierney Pfirman had 15 points for the Terrapins (23-3, 12-2 Big Ten), who never trailed in their 11th victory in their last 12 games. Brionna Jones scored 14 points.

Maryland shot 56 percent, compared to 34.3 percent for Northwestern.

Maggie Lyon celebrated senior day with 25 points for the Wildcats (14-12, 3-11), who have dropped eight of nine. Nia Coffey had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Ashley Deary finished with 11 points and nine assists.

"Maryland is a hard matchup because of their size and their perimeter quickness," Northwestern coach Joe McKeown said. "But what you saw today is how much fight this team has and how hard we play."

Lyon helped Northwestern cut a 10-point deficit to 65-60 with 5:34 to play. Maryland replied with a pair of baskets from Jones and the Wildcats never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

Northwestern got off to an awful start and Maryland took advantage, with Walker-Kimbrough scoring seven points in an opening 14-0 run. The Wildcats missed their first 10 shots.

Lyon got Northwestern on the board with 4:47 left in the first quarter with her team-leading 58th 3-pointer of the season.

"It's tough, it's not ideal," Lyon said. "But we had fight and did not quit. It's all about how you respond."

The Terrapins went cold to open the second quarter, missing their first nine shots. But Walker-Kimbrough had 22 points in the first half to help Maryland to a 39-18 lead at the break.

Northwestern shot just 16.2 percent (6 of 37) in the first half.

TIP-INS

Maryland: The Terrapins also beat Northwestern 80-62 on Jan. 17. They are 4-0 against the Wildcats. ... Maryland went 7 for 11 from 3-point range.

Northwestern: The Wildcats outrebounded the Terrapins 38-36 and a 17-4 edge off the offensive glass. ... Northwestern was ranked as high as 12th this season but slipped out of the rankings in late January after losing four straight.

UP NEXT

Maryland hosts Michigan on Wednesday.

Northwestern hosts Penn State on Wednesday.

SHOOTING WELL

Walker-Kimbrough was 3 for 4 from beyond the arc. She led the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (55.7 percent) entering the week.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.

UP NEXT

Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.

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"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.