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State roundup: Terps women stay unbeaten with 80-64 win vs. James Madison

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With a helping hand from Laurin Mincy, the 10th-ranked Terps women's basketball team stayed unbeaten Friday.

Redshirt senior Laurin Mincy scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half to lead the 10th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team to an 80-64 win over James Madison on Friday in the San Juan Shootout at the Mario Morales Coliseum in Puerto Rico.

Mincy has scored in double digits in four straight games for the Terps (6-0). Sophomore Lexie Brown added 13 points and has hit double digits in every game this season. Sophomore Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) scored 10 points, and redshirt junior Brene Moseley had nine off the bench.

"I thought we came out aggressive from the tip," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought our defense and rebounding really set the tone. Laurin Mincy was spectacular, and she really led the way, putting the team on her back, especially in the second half. She's extremely difficult to guard."

After the Dukes (4-1) scored first, Maryland went on an 11-2 run to take a seven-point lead with 14:54 left in the first half. James Madison guard Precious Hall scored back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the Terps' lead to 11-10 at 13:20, then Maryland responded with 10 straight points to go up 20-10 with 9:58 left in the first.

The Terps led 40-27 at the break.

Hall led the Dukes with 29 points, including 22 in the second half.

The victory came in Frese's 500th game as a head coach. Over 16 seasons, she has earned a record of 369-131 and has led teams to 11 NCAA tournament appearances, six Sweet 16s, five Elite Eights, two Final Fours and the 2006 national title.

Navy 71, UNC-Greensboro 64: The Mids scored 50 points over the final 20 minutes of play to defeat the visiting Spartans.

The 50 points are the most scored in a half by Navy in coach Stefanie Pemper's seven seasons.

Navy (3-3) went into the break trailing UNC-Greensboro 23-21. Navy shot better from the field than the Spartans (2-3) did in the first half, 33.3 percent to 25.8 percent, but the Mids committed 17 turnovers in the frame compared to the Spartans' 12.

"To take nothing away from Greensboro," Pemper said, "but we just didn't come to play with a lot of energy in the first half. We talked about it before the game, during timeouts and at halftime. UNCG really was the first team to start playing. We talked at half about doing what we did the other night [in the second half] against George Mason."

Freshman Taylor Dunham played a key role in the second-half surge. She entered Friday's game with four total points and two assists in just two appearances. In the first half against UNC-Greensboro, she scored two points and had one assist.

Then Dunham opened the second half by draining a 3-pointer 13 seconds into the stanza to give the Mids a 24-23 lead. A minute later, she scored on a jumper to give Navy another lead at 26-25 and later stole the ball to feed Sarah Reilly for a layup that extended the team's advantage to 32-25.

The lead change twice in the next few minutes. Tied at 37, Chloe Stapleton sank a 3-pointer to break the tie and give the Mids a lead they would not relinquish.

The long ball was working for Navy throughout the second half, and the Mids seemingly connected on one each time when they needed it the most. The lead was down to one when Peri Curtis made a triple to give Navy a 43-39 lead. It was again a one-point difference when Stapleton sank another shot from beyond the arc to make it 48-44 for the Mids. The Spartans made a jumper on their end of the floor, but Dunham answered with a triple on the other end to give Navy a 51-46 lead with just over eight minutes left to play.

Navy would push the margin out to 56-48 before the Spartans pulled within 57-54. Sarita Condie was fouled on the other end of the floor and made both free throws, but UNC-Greensboro answered to make the score 59-56 with about three minutes left.

After the Mids earned a 63-56 cushion, the Spartans used 3-pointers to narrow the margin to three with 19.3 seconds remaining. Condie drew an intentional foul when Jazzmine Missouri spun her to the court. She made both free throws with 17.7 seconds to play. Dunham was fouled on the resulting inbound play with 15.8 seconds left. Dunham, too, was perfect from the foul line to close out the scoring.

Navy shot 60 percent in the second half, while UNC-Greensboro made 58 percent. The Mids also converted 13 of 15 attempts from the free-throw line in the second half to just a 2-for-2 effort for the Spartans in the same span.

Dunham ended the game with 13 points, six assists and three steals.

Condie went 7-for-7 from the free-throw line to score 11 points.

Rhode Island 60, Towson 49: The Tigers' Dominique Johnson scored a team-high 19 points, including three 3-pointers to reach 100 career baskets from beyond the arc, but Towson (2-3) fell to the Rams (2-3) in the opener of the Long Island University Brooklyn Turkey Classic.

The two teams traded 3-pointers early; Johnson's 3 at 14:40 was the fifth of the game. Rhode Island held a 9-8 lead after that basket. A 12-4 run by the Rams, led by eight points from freshman guard Symone Bullard, gave Rhode Island a 21-12 lead with 5:06 to go in the half.

A layup from freshman center Daijha Thomas pulled the Tigers to within seven with 2:23 remaining in the first half, but Rhode Island scored the next five points. Back-to-back buckets from Towson redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen made it a 26-18 game at the intermission.

Rhode Island shot 45.5 percent from the field in the first half and made five 3-pointers. Towson shot a weak 24.2 percent and made two shots from behind the arc. The Tigers held a 20-18 edge in rebounds.

Towson got a couple of quick baskets from Johnson to start the second half and cut the deficit to six. The two teams battled before a layup from Charise Wilson at 14:32 pushed the Rams' lead back to 12 at 34-22. A 3-pointer from Wilson extended Rhode Island's lead to 39-25 for the Rams' largest lead of the game.

Johnson hit her second 3-pointer of the game and 100th of her career at 9:36. She is the eighth player in program history to connect on at least 100 career 3-pointers.

The two teams traded baskets down the stretch, but Rhode Island went 5-for-6 from the line in the final minute to seal the 60-49 victory.

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