GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Maryland 88, Michigan 63


By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Since joining the Big Ten, Maryland has at least shared the conference championship in six of seven seasons.

This year, the eight-ranked Terrapins look like they have a shot to win their second national title in school history and first since 2006.

Diamond Miller scored eight of her 17 points in the first quarter to help Maryland start strong and Ashley Owusu had 22 points in an 88-63 victory over No. 12 Michigan that clinched a share of the Big Ten title on Thursday.

"What separates this team from all the rest, they're making it look so easy when it's really not," Terrapins coach Brenda Frese said. "And we're doing it during a pandemic."

Maryland (20-2, 16-1 Big Ten) can win the conference championship outright by ending the regular season with a win against Penn State (9-13, 6-12) at home on Saturday.

"They're hungry to be great and they're easy to coach," Frese said. "They play and practice the right way."

The Wolverines (13-4, 8-4) were led by Naz Hillmon, who had 19 points.

"We need to get better than we were today, but that team has a chance to make a run in the NCAA Tournament for sure," coach Kim Barnes Arico said.

With a trapping press and an active zone defense, the Terrapins held Hillmon to two points in the pivotal first quarter as they built a 27-13 lead.

"It was one of our most dominant defensive efforts," Frese said. "She didn't get anything easy. She had to play all of her 36 minutes to get 19 points and only had eight field-goal attempts."

Maryland didn't have any trouble keeping a comfortable cushion over the final three quarters, leading by as many as 29 points early in the fourth.

Faith Masonius scored 12 points and Mimi Collins added 10 points for the Terrapins.

Michigan's Leigha Brown had 14 points and Akienreh Johnson scored 11.

March 4, 2021


Maryland
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
M. Collins F 25 4-5 0-0 2-2 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 10
C. Bibby F 23 2-3 0-0 2-2 0-1 2 0 1 1 4 6
K. Benzan G 31 2-7 0-0 2-5 0-0 3 0 3 0 1 6
A. Owusu G 26 8-15 6-6 0-0 3-5 3 0 1 5 1 22
D. Miller G 25 5-9 6-10 1-1 2-9 2 1 2 2 4 17
F. Masonius 23 4-6 4-4 0-0 1-2 3 0 0 1 1 12
A. Styles 21 3-4 1-2 0-0 0-3 0 0 2 0 2 7
A. Reese 15 1-4 4-8 0-0 1-7 0 2 0 2 3 6
T. Kozlova 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Z. Young 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Totals   201 30-55
(.545)
21-30
(.700)
7-10
(.700)
10-30 14 3 9 11 16 88


Michigan
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
N. Hillmon F 36 5-8 9-11 0-0 3-11 1 0 0 2 4 19
H. Brown F 29 3-9 0-0 2-6 0-3 2 1 0 4 2 8
A. Johnson G 35 5-9 0-0 1-4 1-3 3 0 1 3 3 11
L. Brown G 31 5-13 4-6 0-2 2-6 1 2 0 1 1 14
A. Dilk G 27 1-4 0-0 0-2 0-1 2 0 0 5 3 2
M. Nolan 17 2-4 1-1 0-1 1-1 1 0 2 0 3 5
E. Kiser 11 1-2 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 2 2 2
M. Sidor 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Rauch 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
W. Sollom 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
C. Williams 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Totals   199 23-51
(.451)
14-20
(.700)
3-16
(.188)
9-29 11 3 3 21 20 63



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