Photo: Big Ten Network
Photo: Big Ten Network
February 18, 2018 03:10 PM
Freshman Destiny Pitts scored 20 points, hitting 6 of 11 from 3-point territory, and sophomore Gadiva Hubbard had 22 points as Minnesota went deep, beating No. 10 Maryland 93-74 on Sunday.
Kenisha Bell had 21 points as the Gophers (21-6, 10-4 Big Ten) shot 14 of 24 on 3s and earned their second straight victory at home against a Top 25 opponent. Minnesota, which has won seven of its last eight, topped No. 23 Michigan 93-87 on Wednesday.
Kaila Charles had 16 points, 14 rebounds and six assists for Maryland, which has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Terrapins (22-5, 11-3) had 14 turnovers and shot just 41.1 percent from the field in the loss.
Stephanie Jones added 13 points for Maryland, which had never lost to the Gophers in five games since moving to the Big Ten in 2014-15 with former Minnesota coach Brenda Frese. Frese coached the Gophers for one season before joining the Terrapins in 2002.
The loss was just Maryland's sixth against Big Ten teams since joining the conference.
Featuring two of the three-highest scoring teams in the Big Ten, the game played to a fast pace early with both teams hitting from 3-point territory. Slowly, the Terrapins' shots started to miss the mark while the Gophers continued to connect.
Minnesota used a 23-7 run at the end of the first and start of the second quarters to take control. The difference early was the Gophers willingness to go inside, with a 12-4 edge in points in the paint. They held the rebounding edge and were leading 9-0 in second-chance points.
But Pitts and Hubbard kept pouring it on from outside as Minnesota led by as many as 27. Carlie Wagner added 17 for the Gophers.
Charles, who entered the game averaging 17.8 points per game, was held scoreless until 5:46 left in the first half.
Maryland: Back-to-back losses will drop the Terrapins down the rankings but shouldn't hurt too much in the conference standings. Maryland is tied with Ohio State atop the conference after the Buckeyes beat Purdue on Sunday. The Terrapins still appear an NCAA Tournament lock, but they have to be concerned with the way they played in two losses to unranked teams.
Minnesota: The Gophers keep building their resume for the NCAA Tournament and appear ready to make some noise in the upcoming conference tournament. They've been on the cusp of the top-25 twice this season after receiving votes in the poll and might finally break through after back-to-back wins against ranked opponents.
Maryland's final road game of the season is Thursday at No. 23 Michigan.
Minnesota hosts Indiana on Tuesday for its final home game.
Updated: February 18, 2018 03:10 PM
Created: February 18, 2018 03:05 PM
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