GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Maryland 79, Baylor 76

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Ashley Owusu scored 24 points and No. 3 Maryland handed No. 6 Baylor its first loss of the post-Kim Mulkey era, 79-76.

The Terrapins (6-0) led 76-65 before a furious Baylor rally nearly forced overtime. The Bears had the ball down by three, but Sarah Andrews missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

The Terrapins passed their first big test of the young season, and they did it without guard Katie Benzan, who missed the game because of an illness. This was just the beginning of a stretch in which Maryland faces Baylor, No. 5 North Carolina State and No. 7 Stanford in the span of a week.

The Terrapins also take on No. 1 South Carolina next month.

This was also the first significant test for the Bears (3-1) under new coach Nicki Collen, who took over after Mulkey left for LSU. NaLyssa Smith had 30 points and 15 rebounds for Baylor, and Jordan Lewis added 29 points.

Owusu scored inside to give Maryland a 76-65 lead - and give herself 1,000 points for her career. Lewis then answered with a 3-pointer, and her three-point play made it a five-point game with 2:01 to play.

Smith made a layup after a Maryland turnover to make it 76-73, but then Angel Reese scored inside while drawing a foul on Smith with 1:08 remaining. The free throw doubled the lead.

Lewis made another 3 to cut the margin to three, and the Bears had a chance to tie it after Owusu's driving effort missed.


Baylor
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
N. Smith F 37 14-25 1-1 1-3 5-15 1 0 0 2 3 30
Q. Egbo C 18 1-4 1-2 0-1 1-3 2 1 0 0 2 3
S. Andrews G 37 4-14 0-0 2-7 4-6 8 0 0 5 2 10
J. Lewis G 35 12-18 2-2 3-7 1-5 2 0 0 4 3 29
J. Asberry G 26 0-5 0-0 0-4 0-2 3 0 2 2 0 0
C. Bickle 25 1-3 0-0 0-1 0-4 0 1 0 1 4 2
J. Owens 21 1-3 0-0 0-2 1-4 0 0 1 0 1 2
Totals   199 33-72
(.458)
4-5
(.800)
6-25
(.240)
15-43 16 2 3 15 15 76


Maryland
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Bibby F 40 5-12 3-3 3-7 2-5 0 2 2 3 2 16
M. Collins F 40 4-11 0-0 2-5 0-8 0 0 1 1 1 10
A. Reese F 19 7-11 3-3 0-1 5-9 0 0 2 2 4 17
S. Sellers G 40 2-7 2-3 1-4 1-5 3 0 2 1 0 7
A. Owusu G 39 9-23 6-6 0-1 1-4 6 0 1 2 2 24
T. Kozlova 11 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 3 0
D. Miller 11 1-6 3-3 0-2 2-4 2 1 1 0 1 5
Totals   200 28-70
(.400)
17-18
(.944)
6-20
(.300)
14-39 11 3 9 9 13 79


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