No. 8 Maryland women bounce back with 89-50 win over Nebraska
Jan 07, 2016 | 10:06 PM
After enduring one of the most challenging stretches of the season, Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese was proud that her team responded with its "most complete game."
Malina Howard scored 15 points as the No. 8 Terps routed Nebraska, 89-50, on Thursday night.
Maryland rebounded from losses to No. 1 Connecticut and No. 5 Ohio State last week. The setback against the Buckeyes ended the Terps' 31-game winning streak against Big Ten Conference foes dating to 2007.
"We were ready to go from the tip," Frese said. "I thought it showed great character. We had a lot of fun. You could see that. We got a lot better tonight."
Brene Moseley added 14 points, and Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each had 11 for Maryland (13-2, 2-1 Big Ten). Tierney Pfirman was 5-for-7 from the field and finished with 10 points for the Terps.
Allie Havers and Maddie Simon each had nine points for Nebraska (9-5, 0-3). The Cornhuskers were 16-for-53 (30.2 percent) from the field.
Pfirman's jumper capped a 10-0 run, and Maryland led 24-12 with 7:30 left in the second quarter. Nebraska converted just five of its first 23 shots and had no answer for Maryland inside the paint. Back-to-back layups and a 3-pointer by Walker-Kimbrough made it 46-21 at the break.
Maryland scored eight points off 12 Nebraska turnovers in the opening half.
"Our transition was really good," Moseley said. "I think our energy came off that. We were knocking down shots."
The Terps continued to pull away in the third quarter. A layup by Moseley and short jumper by Pfirman provided a 62-29 lead with 4:19 remaining. The Cornhuskers were never effective getting into their offense against Maryland's constant pressure and made several errant passes.
"I think Maryland is very underrated in terms of execution," Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. "They're just very well coached and they are deep. They do a very good job of taking advantage of any errors that you make. We are a very young team that makes a lot of errors."
Every player for Maryland got into the game, and a layup by Kiara Leslie gave the Terps an 82-40 lead with 6:59 left in the fourth quarter. Maryland outscored Nebraska 46-16 inside the paint and had 25 assists, their second most this season.
"We came out with a chip on our shoulder," Howard said. "We just wanted to get back out on the court and play against competition to show what Maryland basketball really is. We wanted to get back to who we really are."