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No. 10 Maryland women's basketball team stunned by Purdue, 75-65

The No. 10 Maryland women’s basketball team was close to running away with its game against Purdue, and perhaps the Big Ten Conference title, early in the third quarter Thursday night.

Then came a whistle, and Kaila Charles’ third personal foul.

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The Terps’ star sophomore wing went out, and the Boilermakers had their way back in. When Charles returned, a nine-point lead was lost, down to two, and so was the momentum. Maryland never again looked the same as Purdue dominated the fourth quarter for a 75-65 road win, ending the Terps’ seven-game winning streak and re-energizing the chase for the league title. Maryland (22-4, 11-2) now leads No. 16 Ohio State and Nebraska by just one game, though it already has beaten both.

The Boilermakers (17-10, 8-5), who scored only 44 points in a loss Monday to Indiana, became just the third Big Ten team to defeat Maryland since the league’s expansion in 2014. All 10 of Purdue’s losses this season are to unranked teams; it’s otherwise 4-0 against Top 25 opponents.

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Other than an impressive second quarter, the Terps allowed more than 20 points in every period Thursday, largely unable to contain Purdue inside (50.9 percent shooting overall) in a rematch of last season’s conference championship game. On offense, Charles and junior wing Eleanna Christinaki combined to shoot 13-for-39.

Maryland held Rutgers to 37 percent shooting and one 3-pointer, and forced 22 turnovers.

Maryland led 40-31 early in the second half after a jumper by Charles before the turning-point foul. The third quarter ended on a 19-10 run by the Boilermakers, who retook the lead in the fourth and remained at least one step ahead for much of the final 10 minutes.

Charles tied the game at 65 with a three-point play before Purdue’s Dominique Oden (12 points) hit her second straight wide-open 3-pointer. Maryland was held scoreless the rest of the game as the Boilermakers secured the upset at the foul line.

Andreona Keys added 17 points for Purdue and Karissa McLaughlin finished with 15, two of five Boilermakers to reach double figures.

PURDUE (17-10): Harris 5-9 3-5 13, Kiesler 3-5 0-0 6, Keys 5-8 7-7 17, McLaughlin 5-10 2-2 15, Oden 4-14 2-2 12, Farquhar 6-7 0-0 12, Gray 0-2 0-0 0, Totals 28-55 14-16 75.

MARYLAND (22-4): Jones 5-5 2-3 12, Charles 6-16 2-2 14, Christinaki 5-23 2-3 13, Confroy 5-9 0-0 13, Lewis 0-3 0-0 0, Ellison 0-0 0-0 0, Fraser 5-8 1-2 11, Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Small 1-4 0-0 2, Totals 27-68 7-10 65.

Purdue 20 9 20 26 —75

Maryland 17 17 16 15 —65

3-point goals—Purdue 5-13 (Keys 0-2, McLaughlin 3-7, Oden 2-4), Maryland 4-14 (Charles 0-1, Christinaki 1-6, Confroy 3-6, Lewis 0-1). Assists—Purdue 19 (Keys 5), Maryland 15 (Lewis 6). Fouled Out—Maryland Lewis. Rebounds—Purdue 35 (Harris 9), Maryland 35 (Charles 8). Total fouls—Purdue 11, Maryland 15. Technical fouls—None. A—4,521.

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