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No. 8 Maryland women’s basketball beats Northwestern, 62-50, for eighth straight win

EVANSTON, ILL. — Mimi Collins had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help the No. 8 Maryland women’s basketball team beat Northwestern, 62-50, on Sunday, moving one game closer to clinching a share of its third consecutive Big Ten regular-season title.

Diamond Miller also finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and adding 10 rebounds for the Terps (19-2, 15-1 Big Ten), who won their eighth straight. Ashley Owusu added 10 points and eight rebounds to help the Terps win a game they never trailed after grabbing the lead 12 seconds in.

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“I’m really proud of the fight,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “This was not an easy game for us today but I just loved our response, especially in the second half.”

Veronica Burton scored 15 points and Lindsey Pulliam added 13 for Northwestern (13-6, 11-6).

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Maryland controlled the pace of the first half, leading by as much as nine with over two minutes left in the second quarter before Northwestern finished off the half on an 8-2 run, cutting its deficit to three at the half.

Northwestern came within 32-31 when Burton made both of her free throws with over seven minutes left in the third quarter, but Maryland responded with a 6-0 run.

Anna Morris made a 3-pointer to make it a 38-37 game with four minutes left in the third quarter before the Terrapins ended the quarter on a 9-0 run.

“I thought we did a tremendous job understanding at different times when we had to have a lock down and get a big stop, I thought we were able to do that,” Frese said.

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The Wildcats fought back again with an 8-2 run to start the fourth quarter before the Terps’ Katie Benzan made a 3-pointer with 5:18 left in the game to give her team a 52-45 lead.

Maryland never led by less than seven for the rest of the game as Northwestern failed to score in three minutes toward the end.

“I think when we play the better teams in our league as we move into the tournament, I think that we can’t only depend on two or three people to score all our points,” Morris said. “I think it’s growing our offensive threat and having more people who can score the ball.”

The Terps moved on to 10-1 all-time against Northwestern, with the lone loss coming in Evanston last season. Maryland won the game despite shooting 2-for-13 from 3-point range.

Delaware 86, Towson 55: Catonsville graduate Jasmine Dickey had a game-high 30 points and 11 rebounds to lift the conference-leading Blue Hens (19-3, 16-2 Colonial Athletic Association) over the visiting Tigers (12-7, 7-5).

Kionna Jeter posted a team-high 24 points and added five rebounds for Towson. Kiara Johnson, Shavonne Smith and Skye Williams all followed with six points each.

Towson will travel to UNCW for its final regular-season games on Thursday and Friday.

Morgan State 63, Coppin State 54: Jayla Atmore scored 19 points to lead the host Bears (11-3, 8-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) over the rival Eagles (2-12, 2-10).

Ashia McCalla added 13 points and five rebounds and Ja’Niah Henson had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists for Morgan State, which won its third straight.

Jalynda Salley had 14 points and seven rebounds and Nailah Delinois added 11 points for Coppin State.

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Navy 66, Loyola Maryland 58: John Carter Jr. came off the bench to score 16 points to lift the host Midshipmen over the Greyhounds. With the win, Navy clinched the No. 1 seed into the Patriot League tournament.

Daniel Deaver had 15 points for Navy (15-2, 12-1), which earned its fifth straight victory. Greg Summers added nine points and nine rebounds.

Santi Aldama had 21 points for the Greyhounds (4-10, 4-10). Cam Spencer and Jaylin Andres each added 11 points.

Navy had built a 14-point lead after halftime but twice Loyola cut it down to two. Mavy made seven of eight free throws in the last 29 seconds.

Coppin State 94, Delaware State 74: Anthony Tarke had 31 points as the Eagles routed the host Hornets.

Tarke made all 11 of his shots and also had seven assists. DeJuan Clayton had 15 points and reached 1,500 career points at Coppin State (9-12, 8-4 MEAC). Yuat Alok added 14 points. Nendah Tarke had 13 points, nine rebounds and five steals.

The 94 points were a season high for Coppin State.

Dominik Fragala scored a career-high 28 points for the Hornets (2-15, 0-10). Myles Carter added 14 points and six rebounds. D’Marco Baucum had 13 points.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Maryland clinched a share of the Big Ten title.

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