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No. 13 Maryland women make statement with 80-64 win over No. 18 Iowa

The Maryland women’s basketball team’s first ranked opponent since mid-November wasn’t much of a test for the No. 13 Terps.

Behind a 31-point first quarter and an active defense that converted 23 turnovers into 29 points, Maryland defeated No. 18 Iowa, 80-64, on Thursday night at Xfinity Center. The win was the Terps’ 12th straight and kept perfect their record against Big Ten Conference opponents except for Ohio State since joining the league in 2014.

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Sophomore Kaila Charles scored 24 points as the No. 15 Maryland women's basketball team opened Big Ten Conference play with a 100-65 win over Illinois on

Sophomore wing Kaila Charles (24 points, 11 rebounds) led the way for Maryland (14-2, 3-0 Big Ten), which bounced back from a narrow win at Penn State for a comfortable result against one of the league’s top challengers. The Hawkeyes (14-2, 2-1) had won seven straight games, including an 82-72 victory Sunday over No. 22 Michigan.

But the Terps limited Iowa junior center Megan Gustafson, the reigning National Player of the Week, to 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting and 15 rebounds. The Hawkeyes (38.1 percent) shot better than the Terps (37.5 percent) from the field but took 17 fewer shots, owing to a 23-7 turnover disparity. Maryland finished with 15 steals, including a game-high five by freshman guard Channise Lewis (11 points, eight assists).

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Sophomore wing Blair Watson added 13 points in the win, while sophomore forward Stephanie Jones (Aberdeen) had eight points and was strong inside defensively.

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