Ashley Owusu scored eight of her 20 factors within the fourth quarter to push No. 8 Maryland to an 86-71 victory over Purdue on Wednesday evening.
Owusu added 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the Terrapins (9-2, 2-0 Large Ten), who trailed by 4 at halftime of their closing tune-up earlier than enjoying at No. 1 South Carolina on Sunday.
“We talked about it. If we play a (first) half like that, that’ll be simply a 30-point unfold,” stated Maryland coach Brenda Frese, referencing the sport in opposition to the Gamecocks. “We got here out with an important punch, however then we allow them to again within the recreation. We did not maintain it.”
Katie Benzan and and Angel Reese every had 15 factors for Maryland, which scored 34 factors off 23 Purdue turnovers in its third consecutive victory. Mimi Collins and Chloe Bibby every added 12 factors.
Brooke Moore scored a season-high 22 factors and hit six 3-pointers to steer the Boilermakers (6-4, 0-2), who suffered consecutive losses for the primary time this season. Purdue fell to then-No. 18 Ohio State on Sunday in its Large Ten opener.
5 of Moore’s six 3s got here earlier than halftime as Purdue went 8 for 13 from past the arc. However the Boilermakers went chilly after the break and completed 12 of 32 (37.5%).
“I assumed we obtained nice appears to be like,” first-year coach Katie Gearlds stated. “I assumed possibly even within the second half we obtained higher appears to be like than we did within the first half. … The primary half was possibly a little bit of an anomaly for us.”
Cassidy Hardin added 15 factors for the Boilermakers, who fell to 1-3 in opposition to ranked opposition.
Maryland opened the second half on a 7-0 run. Reese scored the primary 4 factors earlier than the Terps took a 43-40 lead on Benzan’s 3-pointer from the appropriate wing with 7:15 left within the third quarter.
Owusu’s driving layup made it 47-45 a number of possessions later, a lead Maryland by no means gave again.
It grew as giant as eight briefly within the third. But it surely was solely 4 earlier than a 13-2 run within the fourth, with Owusu and Collins every hitting two baskets because the Terrapins stretched their result in 74-59.
“It was a significantly better job within the second half, specializing in caring for the basketball, with the ability to run them off the 3-point line,” Frese stated. “I assumed we regarded like Maryland basketball within the fourth quarter.”
Purdue: The Boilermakers completed a stretch of 5 straight video games in opposition to groups ranked or receiving votes within the AP High 25 with a 2-3 report.
Maryland: The Terrapins averted their first loss to an unranked opponent since falling to Texas within the NCAA regional semifinals final March.
Maryland is unlikely to fall a lot within the subsequent ballot, no matter what occurs Sunday. However after consecutive losses to then-No. 5 N.C. State and then-No. 7 Baylor final month, Benzan feels the Terps have a degree to show.
“We need to present that we’re a high 10 group and we need to be in that dialog,” Benzan stated. “And that begins on Sunday with our depth.”
Purdue: Hosts Denver on Sunday
Maryland: Visits No. 1 South Carolina on Sunday.