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Shyanne Sellers’ buzzer-beater lifts No. 20 Maryland women’s basketball over Purdue, 77-74, giving coach Brenda Frese her 600th win

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Shyanne Sellers made her first 3-pointer of the game just before the final buzzer and No. 20 Maryland women’s basketball beat Purdue, 77-74, on Thursday night for coach Brenda Frese’s 600th win.

Sellers was long on a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left but she got another chance after Purdue turned it over for the 22nd time. Sellers inbounded the ball to Abby Meyers, who drove into the lane to draw defenders and passed it out to her wide-open teammate for a game-winning 3.

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It was Maryland’s second buzzer-beating win in a week after Diamond Miller sank a jumper to top then-No. 7 Notre Dame, 74-72, last Thursday.

“The play was drawn up for Abby and I saw she was going to be in a little bit of trouble, so I just filled in behind like we did in practice this week,” Sellers said. “I saw the clock and saw that there was like 1.5 seconds and I was like, ‘I don’t have time to dribble and pull up’, so I just shot it. It’s going in — that’s what I thought.”

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Meyers, the Ivy League Player of the Year at Princeton, scored a team-high 19 points for Maryland (8-3, 1-1 Big Ten), which bounced back from a deflating loss to Nebraska in its conference opener. Miller added 18 points, Sellers had 15 and Brinae Alexander scored 11. Frese is third among active Big Ten coaches for wins with her 600-173 record and is the 49th coach with 600 Division I wins.

“Clearly, this will be a win I’ll remember for a really long time, obviously with the dramatics at the end,” Frese said. “I told these guys they’re like the Cardiac Kids of keeping these games close and shots at the buzzers.”

Frese, who led the Terps to the 2006 national championship, has the highest career win percentage (.777) of all Big Ten head men’s and women’s basketball head coaches in their Division I careers. That mark stands 13th among all active women’s basketball coaches with at least 200 games coached.

“Just super humbled,” Frese said of her 600th win. “I’ve been so fortunate. One, to have the bulk of those wins here at Maryland, a place that’s been really special and really good to our family. But behind those 600 wins, I haven’t made a basket, I haven’t scored a point, it’s these players. They’re the ones who have put themselves in a position to be able to have 600 wins and same with my staff. I’ve been really fortunate to have just great people that I get to work with everyday, that put countless hours in behind-the-scenes. It’s not a single award, it’s one over time with so many people involved.”

Lavender Briggs scored with 7:02 left in the fourth quarter to give Maryland its first lead, 64-63, since it was 21-20.

Abbey Ellis scored 18 points for Purdue (8-2, 1-1), which shot 55% from the field.

Maryland, which improved to 16-2 against Purdue, will host No. 6 UConn on Sunday.

“I count my lucky stars every day that I get to play on this team and represent a program like this with such a legacy, with so many amazing players that have come through and helped count to that 600 [wins],” Meyers said. “Winning tonight was special. Game-winning shot, 600th win, you can’t really call it better than that.”

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No. 6 UConn at No. 20 Maryland

Sunday, 3 p.m.

TV: Chs. 2, 7


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