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Brionna Jones, Terps women can't stop Washington State in 70-64 upset

The 10th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team was edged by Washington State, 70-64, on Saturday as the Terps' rally fell short in the game's final minutes in the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico.

Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) led Maryland (6-1) with a career-high 23 points. Laurin Mincy added 13 points, including 11 in the second half, with a team-high five assists.

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Lia Galdeira scored 33 points to tie her career high for the Cougars (5-2).

"Washington State played a flawless game," Terps coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought they competed hard for 40 minutes. They did a tremendous job defensively and were really, really aggressive on us. They made it hard for us to get into any kind of rhythm offensively."

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Washington State scored the first basket 20 seconds into the game before Maryland's defense held the Cougars without a field goal for well over seven minutes. In the meantime, the Terps went on a 12-2 run to take the lead at 12-4.

With 11 minutes left in the first half, the Cougars scored eight straight points as the Terps went into a long field-goal drought. Washington State led 31-27 at the break.

Leading 33-31 early in the second half, the Cougars went on a 10-2 run to take command. Galdeira had six points during the burst that made it 43-33 with 14:52 left.

Mincy's layup with 2:27 left brought Maryland to 59-55, but Washington State hit seven of its next eight free throws.

With 979 career points, Mincy needs just 21 to become the 19th player in Terps history with 1,000.

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