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.
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."
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.