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North Carolina State 66, Maryland 59

RALEIGH, N.C. - Kai Crutchfield made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points and No. 13 N.C. State used a high-intensity halfcourt defense and strong rebounding to beat No. 9 Maryland 66-59 in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game.

Elissa Cunane added 16 points and 15 rebounds to help the Wolfpack (9-0) remain undefeated and notch their 34th consecutive home victory over a nonconference opponent.

Taylor Mikesell had 13 points and Blair Watson 12 - all in the first half - for the Terrapins (7-2). They had won six in a row, but couldn't overcome a 51-27 rebounding disadvantage.

Aislinn Konig had four assists in the third quarter as N.C. State turned a two-point halftime deficit into a nine-point advantage late in the third period. Maryland fought back to 50-49 on Diamond Miller's free throw with 6:20 remaining in the game, but Crutchfield made two 3-pointers and a fast-break layup in the final 5:25.

The Terrapins and Wolfpack frustrated each other for most of the game with different styles of suffocating defense. Maryland mixed in full-court pressure with aggressive defense on the perimeter to force 28 turnovers. N.C. State challenged shots relentlessly and held the Terrapins to 22-for-65 shooting from the field.

Associated Press

December 5, 2019