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No. 8 Maryland surges late, tame scrappy Wolverines

The Maryland Terrapins narrowly defeated the Michigan Wolverines 74-67 Thursday in Ann Arbor behind double-digit scoring contributions from Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (15 points, seven rebounds), Brionna Jones (13 points, seven rebounds), and Tierney Pfirman (16 points, five rebounds). Katelynn Flaherty lit it up for the Wolverines with 23 points, including three three-pointers.

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The Maryland Terrapins opened Thursday night's game against the Michigan Wolverines with lights-out shooting from deep; Kristen Confroy (six points, four rebounds) and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (15 points, seven rebounds) each had two threes to contribute to a 16-7 lead early in the first quarter.

While those opening threes seemed to come effortlessly for the Terps, they would not be indicative of the remainder of the contest. Maryland went on to win the game 74-67, though the Wolverines made some noteworthy runs throughout the game.

An and-1 from the Terps' Brene Moseley (seven points, eight assists) late in the first quarter spread the Maryland lead to 21-11. Teammate Brionna Jones was quiet in the opening frame, recording just two points. The Terps held a six-point lead at the end of the quarter.

Jones spent several minutes on the bench in the second quarter due to foul trouble, and the Wolverines took advantage of her absence. Multiple times they brought the Maryland lead down to four. Though Michigan outscored Maryland 24 to 14 in the paint in the first half, they only made it to the free throw line once, allowing the Terps to rebuild on their lead. At the halfway point Maryland led 42-35.

The Terps fell into a bit of a scoring drought to open the second half, and Michigan's Katelynn Flaherty did her best to capitalize on Maryland's lack of energy. Flaherty scored five quick points - a three and a two - within the first minute and a half out of the locker room, closing the gap to 42-40, Terps.

Jones found herself in foul trouble again when she racked up her third foul about halfway through the third quarter. Once again she went to the bench, and once again Michigan did some offensive damage. Michigan's Madison Ristovski sunk two free throws to give the Wolverines their first lead of the game, 47-46.

The lead shifted again before the quarter was out. Jones returned to hit a timely layup at the close of the quarter, putting Maryland back on top, 55-52. Jones' scoring continued into the fourth quarter when she converted on a three-point-play to give the Terps a 61-54 advantage. She finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Maryland outscored the Wolverines 19-15 in the final frame to seal the win.

On Sunday, Jan. 17, Michigan will square up with Penn State while Maryland will face Northwestern.