GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Maryland 103, Illinois 58


(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
By TODD KARPOVICH
Associated Press

COLLEGE, PARK, Md. - Midway through the third quarter and holding a 30-point lead, the ninth-ranked Maryland players were still not happy with their performance.

They wanted a better effort on defense and coach Brenda Frese called a timeout to lead a discussion. The moment underscored how the Terrapins are taking ownership of their season.

Katie Benzan scored 22 points, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range, to lead Maryland past Illinois 103-58.

"Our team, our captains really took ownership," Frese said. "They weren't happy with how many points (the Fighting Illini) were scoring. At that point, they had 53 points, and they finished with 58. The ownership is there. We get that we can score the basketball. You see that. There's an understanding that we have to tighten things up on the defensive end. It's coming. It's exciting."

Chloe Bibby had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Terrapins, who extended their winning streak to four games. Ashley Owusu added 17 points and seven assists, while Diamond Miller had 11 points and seven assists for Maryland (15-2, 11-1 Big Ten).

The Terrapins lead the nation with 91.7 points per game, but their defense was just as impressive, smothering the Fighting Illini (3-14, 1-13). Maryland was also unselfish, finishing with 24 assists on 38 field goals.

"When we get our defense in lockdown, it's just so much fun to play with," Bibby said. "Everyone feeds off that energy. If we're locked in, I don't think anyone can really beat us."

Maryland set the early tone by scoring 10 points off seven turnovers in the opening four minutes. Illinois struggled with Maryland's traps and trailed 29-11 at the end of the first quarter.

A 3-pointer by Benzan gave Maryland a 43-17 lead with 6:06 remaining in the second quarter. The Fighting Illini never pulled within 20 points the rest of the way.

"As a team, we just punched first and dominated," Benzan said. "As coach (Frese) always says, we took their air right in the first quarter."

All nine of Maryland's available players scored, and its bench outscored Illinois 24-19. A pair of free throws by Alaysia Styles gave Maryland a 101-58 lead, the fourth time the Terrapins have scored more than 100 points this season.

Jada Peebles had 18 points over 37 minutes, and freshman Aaliyah Nye added 11 points for Fighting Illini.

Maryland, which also won the rebound battle 53-37, improved to 12-0 against Illinois.

"I just really loved our aggressiveness and our effort," Frese said. "We just dominated all four quarters to win."

February 17, 2021


Illinois
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Myles F 18 3-5 1-2 0-0 3-6 0 0 2 4 4 7
E. Rubin C 14 0-2 0-0 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 2 1 0
J. Peebles G 37 7-14 2-3 2-2 0-0 0 0 1 5 0 18
A. Nye G 29 4-11 1-2 2-6 2-3 2 1 0 0 0 11
J. Terry G 24 1-10 1-2 0-1 1-5 6 0 0 7 2 3
J. Ephraim 20 2-3 0-0 1-2 0-1 1 0 0 2 1 5
G. Lopes 13 1-4 0-0 0-0 3-6 1 0 0 2 0 2
A. McQueen 12 2-10 2-2 1-7 0-2 0 0 2 0 1 7
L. Robins 11 1-1 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 1 1 2
E. Porter 8 1-2 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 1 3
N. Panagiotopoulou Andritsopoulou 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
S. Amusan 6 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-3 0 0 0 0 1 0
T. O'Malley 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 22-65
(.338)
8-14
(.571)
6-19
(.316)
13-37 11 1 7 24 13 58


Maryland
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
M. Collins F 26 4-10 0-0 1-2 3-8 2 2 4 2 1 9
K. Benzan G 30 7-13 2-2 6-12 0-4 2 0 2 2 1 22
A. Owusu G 30 6-13 5-6 0-1 2-6 7 0 2 0 1 17
C. Bibby G 29 8-15 2-2 2-7 5-9 1 0 1 4 2 20
D. Miller G 28 3-14 5-6 0-4 3-8 7 1 2 1 4 11
A. Styles 19 3-3 2-2 0-0 2-4 1 0 1 2 2 8
F. Masonius 16 4-8 0-0 1-2 2-3 1 0 1 1 2 9
T. Kozlova 14 2-3 0-0 0-0 1-3 1 0 0 1 0 4
Z. Young 8 1-3 0-0 1-2 0-0 2 0 1 0 1 3
Totals   200 38-82
(.463)
16-18
(.889)
11-30
(.367)
21-53 24 3 14 13 14 103



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