GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Maryland 90, Minnesota 73

MINNEAPOLIS - Diamond Miller scored 23 points, Chloe Bibby had 22 and No. 9 Maryland beat Minnesota 90-73.

Katie Benzan added 20 points as the Terrapins (10-1, 6-0 Big Ten) won their ninth straight.

Jasmine Powell led Minnesota (2-7, 1-6) with 22 points and eight assists. Sara Scalia added 14 points and Klarke Sconiers chipped in 13. The Gophers have just one victory since a season-opening win over Eastern Illinois on Dec. 2.

Leading by seven at the half, Maryland took over with a dominant third quarter. Miller rattled off seven straight points to cap a 10-0 run, and she converted a three-point play at the end of a 9-0 run later in the quarter. Benzan-s fifth 3-pointer of the night gave the Terrapins a 76-57 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Miller-s jump shot gave Maryland its largest lead of the night at 88-61.

In a matchup of the top offense and the bottom-ranked defense in the Big Ten, the Gophers kept it competitive with a couple of early runs, both keyed by Powell-s long-range shooting. Trailing 8-2, the Gophers rattled off 11 of the next 13 points, capped Powell-s 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.

Powell hit consecutive 3s early in the second quarter as the Gophers pulled within 28-25.

The Gophers had no answer for Bibby, a 6-foot-1 senior transfer from Mississippi State. She hit a pair of 3-pointers and a short jumper to spark the Terrapins in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Bibby scored on a putback, hit a pair of free throws and went the length of the floor with a steal for a layup as Maryland stretched its lead to 50-43 at halftime.

Associated Press

January 14, 2021