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No. 6 Maryland women beat Rutgers 73-59


No. 6 Maryland women beat Rutgers 73-59

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- With only a few weeks until the postseason, Maryland came in to Piscataway looking to hit its stride. The Terrapins left with a convincing win in what coach Brenda Frese called one of Maryland's most complete games of the season.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 22 points and Brionna Jones added 14 points and 11 rebounds to help the sixth-ranked Terrapins beat Rutgers 73-59 on Sunday.

"I really liked how we were clicking on all cylinders," Frese said, adding, "Really important and really great to see a step forward and to get a road win is always a tough thing."

Trailing 14-13 after the first quarter, Maryland took control of the game hitting 3-pointers. The Terrapins made three straight 3s to start the second quarter.

"Our press kind of really slowed them down (in the second quarter)," Frese said. "It was really great to see how we executed and the energy we had and I thought we did a really good job communicating, especially in the zone and I thought (Tyler) Sciafe and (Kahleah) Copper are two great players, but I thought we did a great job of really kind of knowing where they're at and making it difficult."

Brene Moseley hit a 3-pointer and then assisted on another one to help the Terrapins outscore the Scarlet Knights 20-8 in the second quarter to take a 34-21 lead in to the half.

"We had some bad turnovers. We started rushing the shots," Sciafe said. "I know myself, I started not letting it flow as much and shooting a little to quickly and they started capitalizing off of us missing, whether it be going to the post or fast break points and I think that's where they kind of took off."

Walker-Kimbrough's layup with 2:04 left in the half gave Maryland its first double-digit lead of the game. Victoria Harris cut in to Maryland's lead after hitting a pair of free throws for Rutgers to make it 30-21.

It was the last time Rutgers would trail by less than 10 points.

Kiah Gillespie hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter off a pass from Moseley to give Maryland a 56-38 lead. The Terps would lead by as many as 22 points after Walker-Kimbrough hit a 3-pointer to make it 63-41 with 6:39 left in the game.

"Just wanted to come out more aggressive, not just offensively but also defensively," Walker-Kimbrough said. "I think that's where I lacked last game, but just being able to give the energy my team needs wherever that energy needs to be at, whether it's defense, rebounding, or getting people open shots or scoring it myself, but being able to get that energy and coming out aggressive."

Copper had 23 points and Sciafe added 11 points for the Scarlet Knights (16-12, 7-9).


Maryland: Moseley had five assists to surpass 400 in her career. ... The Terrapins reserves outscored Rutgers 24-2.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have lost 40 of their last 41 games against Top 10. The last victory came February 5, 2008 when they defeated UConn at home.


After hitting three 3-pointers on Sunday, Walker-Kimbrough has 100 in her career. ... Jones and Walker-Kimbrough have now played in 100 straight games.


Maryland: Hosts Wisconsin on Thursday.

Rutgers: At Purdue on Thursday.

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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.


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.


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


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.


"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.


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."


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.