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Owusu leads No. 12 Maryland past No. 23 Michigan State 93-87

Syndication: Lansing State Journal

Michigan State’s Alisia Smith, right, and teammate Mardrekia Cook, center, pressure Maryland’s Ashley Owusu during the first quarter on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. 210107 Msu W Maryland 018a

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Ashley Owusu and Chloe Bibby each scored 20 points, Katie Benzan added 19 points and No. 12 Maryland beat No. 23 Michigan State 93-87 on Thursday.

Maryland led by as many as 13 points early in the fourth quarter before Michigan State cut it to 83-81 with 1:46 left after a 9-0 run. Bibby answered with a three-point play, and Owusu, Benzan and Bibby combined to make 7 of 8 free throws in the final 48 seconds to seal it.

Owusu, who also had 10 rebounds and six assists, made 10 of 12 free throws as the Terrapins hit 33 of 38 (86.8%) compared to Michigan State’s 9-of-14 performance. Bibby made all nine of her attempts and Benzan was perfect on six.

Diamond Miller scored 14 points and Mimi Collins 13 for Maryland (8-1, 4-0 Big Ten), which entered averaging 95.6 points per game. Maryland coach Brenda Frese won her 494th game at Maryland, only trailing Chris Weller (499) for most wins in program history.

Maryland is still without star freshman Angel Reese, the No. 2 overall recruit, after suffering a right foot fracture against Towson on Dec. 3. She scored 20 points, in 15 minutes, against Davidson in her debut.

Nia Clouden scored a career-high 32 points, reaching the 1,000-point club, for Michigan State (8-1, 3-1), which was going for its best start in program history. Clouden, a junior, was 12 of 20 from the field to reach 30 points for the first time in her career.