No. 10 Maryland women beat Illinois, 80-66, gain tie for first in Big Ten
By Terry Towery
Feb 04, 2019 | 10:40 PM
Freshman Shakira Austin played like a veteran to help the Maryland women’s basketball team beat Illinois.
Austin scored 17 points and fellow freshman Taylor Mikesell added 14 for the 10th-ranked Terps, who moved into a tie with Rutgers for the top spot in the Big Ten. The teams will play on Sunday at Rutgers.
The 6-foot-5 Austin also grabbed seven rebounds for Maryland (20-2, 9-2 Big Ten).
“They didn't really have the height and we took advantage of that,” Austin said.
“You really have to look at our size and talent,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “It's quite a luxury to have.”
Illinois coach Nancy Fahey was happy with her team's effort.
“We're looking for effort out there,” she said. “And I think we saw that tonight. We got beat, but we're not losers.”
Maryland led 48-37 at the half.
“I thought we came out aggressive and really pushed them,” coach Frese said. “But Illinois battled back in the second and third periods. You have to give them and our conference credit. Anyone can beat anyone on any given night.”
The Terps shot 28 of 63 from the field (44 percent), while Illinois was 25 of 63 (40 percent). Maryland held the edge in rebounds, 44-33.
It was tied at 29 at halftime and the game finished with 14 lead changes. Bryan Urrutia led UMES (4-21, 2-8) with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Ryan Andino scored 11 and Ahmad Frost added 10 points.