No. 8 Maryland women rout Iowa, 76-56, in homecoming for Brenda Frese

Maryland's Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) grabs the ball in front of Iowa's Megan Gustafson, right, during the second half.
Maryland's Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) grabs the ball in front of Iowa's Megan Gustafson, right, during the second half. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese knew her return to Iowa would be special. Her team ensured it.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points, Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the No. 8 Terps rolled past Iowa in a 76-56 win on Sunday in Frese's first game in her home state in 10 years.


Frese, who grew up a Hawkeyes fans and attended the school's basketball camps, could sense the energy her team played with for her homecoming.

"You could feel that the whole game," Frese said. "It was neat to be able to see how hard they played. I think that's what separates this team — they play for each other."

Kristen Confroy added 11 points and Maryland (14-2, 3-1 Big Ten Conference) forced 16 turnovers to snap Iowa's 25-game home winning streak.

The Terps (14-2, 3-1 Big Ten) have won two straight since falling to No. 5 Ohio State on Jan. 2.

Ally Disterhoft and Megan Gustafson each scored 14 points for the Hawkeyes (12-4, 2-2).

Frese brought her team to her parents' house in Cedar Rapids — less than 30 miles from Carver-Hawkeye Arena — for dinner Saturday night. They viewed childhood photos, listened to stories from her family and friends and watched highlights from Frese's high school career.

Frese hadn't coached a game in Iowa since 2006, when Maryland visited Northern Iowa.

"I thought we played for her and just put on a show for her," Walker-Kimbrough said.

Maryland led by double figures much of the second quarter, but Iowa cut the deficit to 42-35 less than a minute into the third quarter after Alexa Kastanek hit a 3-pointer and pair of free throws.

The Terps answered in a big way. Maryland tightened up its defense, forcing three turnovers and holding Iowa to two field goals over the next 5 1/2 minutes.

Jones scored seven of her 15 points during this key stretch. She started the scoring with a three-point play and finished it with a steal at midcourt and breakaway layup to make it 56-39 and complete a 14-4 run.

The Hawkeyes never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

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