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State basketball: No. 15 Terps women lose to No. 2 Irish for fourth time in row

The last time the 15th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team played No. 2 Notre Dame was in the Final Four eight months ago. The outcome in Wednesday night's rematch was equally unappealing for the Terps in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The 92-72 loss was Maryland's fourth in a row against the undefeated three-time national championship runner-up and sent the Terps to their first losing streak since dropping three straight in late January last season. It also was Maryland's first loss in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge after going 7-0 as a member of the ACC and the first time it has allowed 90-plus points since 2009-10.

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The competitive portion all but ended midway through the first half when Maryland (6-2) failed to score a basket for nearly eight minutes. The Terps missed 12 straight field-goal attempts while the Fighting Irish forged a 15-point advantage on the strength of forcing turnovers that frequently led to open shots.

"Obviously a really slow start for us," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "The first 15 minutes of the game we did not shoot the ball well, and against a great team like Notre Dame, you have that kind of start, it's going to be hard to come back from. But I thought we fought hard to finish the half. I thought we did a nice job of trying to compete in the second half."

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Sophomore Lexie Brown scored a season-high 20 points for Maryland, which was coming off a 70-64 loss to Washington State on Saturday in the final of the San Juan Shootout. Redshirt senior guard Laurin Mincy also had 20 with four steals and three assists. Freshman guard Kristen Confroy (14 points) was the only other Maryland player to reach double figures on a night the Terps shot 39 percent and committed 13 of their 16 turnovers in the first half.

Maryland had few counters for Jewell Lloyd, who sparked the early 17-2 surge that had the Terps scrambling the rest of the way. The junior guard scored 10 points in run and assisted on another field goal. Notre Dame (8-0) expanded the margin to 31-10 soon after by scoring eight points in a row, with Lloyd assisting on two of those baskets.

The Terps, meantime, managed three field goals over the first 10 minutes, 2 seconds and were unable to take advantage of an injury to Brianna Turner, Notre Dame's lone freshman starter who left for good with 16:17 left in the first half holding her right shoulder. The 6-foot-3 center is the Fighting Irish's second leading scorer (15.3 points per game).

"We kind of struggled getting the ball inside," said Brown, who made four of nine 3-pointers. "We were taking a lot of rushed, forced outside shots, and when they're not going in, long shots turn into long rebounds, and they were getting a lot of transition buckets."

The closest Maryland came in the second half was 17 points before the reigning ACC regular season and tournament champions scored 14 in a row for a 70-37 lead with 12:50 left in regulation. Included in that flurry was the play of the evening courtesy of Lloyd, who collected a loose ball, went the distance of the court and scored a no-look layup over her shoulder falling out of bounds while being fouled.

Lloyd finished with a game-high 27 points in addition to eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Taya Reimer added a career-high 21 points, making seven of nine shots.

"We didn't attack in the first half," said Mincy, who scored 11 points in last season's 87-61 loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament's national semifinals. "They really were spread out [playing zone defense] so we needed to look to attack, but we didn't start doing until four minutes left in the first half, so I think we just have to lock in and be mentally prepared for the game next time."

UMES 58, Mount St. Mary's 43: Moengaroa Subritzky had a game-high 15 points to power the host Hawks (2-4) past the Mount (1-5).

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Mount St. Mary's, led by Jenn Carney (11 points) and Jacqueline Brewer (11 points), trailed by three with three minutes left before UMES went on a 9-0 run to close out the half.

Bucknell 79, Morgan State 50: The host Bison (4-2) won their second straight and the Bears (2-6) lost their third in a row.

American 77, UMBC 51: The host Eagles (3-3) went on a 14-0 run in the second half to pull away from the Retrievers (3-3).

Penn 57, Navy 46: Tony Hicks scored a game-high 14 points and Darien Nelson-Henry had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Quakers (1-5) got their first win.

Edward Alade and Zach Fong each scored eight points to lead Navy (2-6), which has dropped two in a row. The Midshipmen scored one basket in the final 5:25 and missed nine of their final 10 field-goal tries.

Goucher 102, Moravian 92: Alex Noble scored a game-high 32 points to lead the host Gophers (1-6, 1-0 Landmark) past the Greyhounds (1-6, 0-1).

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Goucher last scored 100 points in a 110-67 victory over Gallaudet during the 2000-01 season.

Baltimore Sun staff and news services contributed to this article.


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