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After Maryland's sluggish 1st half, Jones wears downs Michigan

Brionna Jones had 20 points and eight rebounds for Maryland in the Terps' 76-56 win over Michigan Wednesday in College Park. The Wolverines led at halftime, but weren't able to shut down the Terps in the second half.

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College Park, MD -- The Maryland Terrapins came from behind to beat the Michigan Wolverines 76-56 Wednesday in College Park.

"The number six team in the country really showed why they were the number six team in the country tonight," Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico said.

Maryland's Brionna Jones finished with 20 points to lead all scorers. Katelynn Flaherty led the Wolverines with 17 points.

Both teams opened the game with high energy, but it was Michigan who got on the board first with a hoop by Hallie Thome. Jones was forced to sit after a foul within the first two minutes of play. She was replaced by Brianna Fraser.

Malina Howard hit two free throws to knot it up at 2-2, but Jillian Dunston got a basket on the other end to put the Wolverines up two a few possessions later. Dunston then followed up with another bucket, but Kristen Confroy hit a pull-up jumper for the Terps.

Flaherty, Michigan's leader scorer with 22.4 points per game, got on the board a little more than halfway through the first quarter with a three. Another basket from Flaherty gave the Wolverines an 11-4 lead.

Jones came back into the game with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter and quickly made her presence felt with a layup. She scored another a few possessions later to get the Terps within three at 13-10, Wolverines.

"Brionna Jones just wore us down," Barnes Arico said.

Dunston finished on a layup with seconds remaining in the quarter. The Terps weren't able to get anything off before the buzzer, leaving the score at 15-10, Wolverines, at the end of one.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough got Maryland started in the second quarter with a long fallaway two, her first basket of the game, but Madison Ristovski answered on the other end for Michigan. The Wolverines continued to penetrate the Terps' defense, jumping out to a 21-12 lead before Maryland's Kiara Leslie got one to go and Jones hit again - twice - about halfway through the second quarter.

Maryland's Brene Moseley finished on a swerving move to the basket, cutting the Wolverine lead to 21-20. Moseley sunk another after a media timeout, giving the Terps a brief lead, but Ristovski answered to regain the lead for Michigan.

Fraser got her first points of the game with fewer than four minutes left before halftime. Flaherty hit another three with 2:47 remaining, forcing a Maryland timeout with the home team down four.

Tight defense out of the break from the Terps led to a Wolverine shot clock violation, giving Maryland possession with two minutes remaining. Confroy took advantage, sinking a three on the other end to get the Terps back within one at 28-27, Michigan.

Neither team was able to get on the board in their respective final possession of the quarter. At the half, Flaherty led all scorers with 10 points, Ristovski had eight points and four rebounds, Jones had eight for Maryland, and Michigan led 30-29. In the first two frames, the Terps turned the ball over 11 times to Michigan's eight.

Ristovski stretched the Michigan lead with a three to open the scoring in the third quarter. Jones and Howard got to the bucket for the Terps, tying it at 33-33 with about seven and a half minutes remaining in the third. Jones found the hoop again, but Siera Thompson nailed a three for the Wolverines about a minute later.

Confroy hit another three to give the Terps a 38-36 lead at the media timeout with 4:59 left in the third. Walker-Kimbrough hit two at the line after the timeout to widen Maryland's lead. Yet another triple from Confroy - her third of the game - and a banked-in floater by Moseley on the next Terps possession gave Maryland a 49-40 edge, getting the crowd on its feet.

Jones picked up her third foul with about a minute remaining in the third quarter, and was again restricted to a seat on the bench. A layup by Walker-Kimbrough gave the Terps their largest lead to that point at 51-40 with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. They led 51-42 through three.

Walker-Kimbrough sunk a three early in the fourth, and Jones continued to capitalize down low. Moseley converted on a three-point-play with about five and a half minutes left in the game to bring the Maryland lead to 59-44.

Free throws from Jones and Moseley got the Terps up to a 65-46 lead before a three from Flaherty. Confroy sunk a three the next possession.

"After half we were able to regain some poise and composure," Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said. "We stopped turning the ball over. We were able to get a lot of second-chance opportunities on the glass [and] we kept them off the glass. So we started to connect a lot of things."

Michigan's Boogie Brozoski went down with 2:38 remaining in the game with what appeared to be a facial or head injury and was helped off the floor by the Michigan coaching staff. She would not return to the game.

The Terps finished the fourth quarter with strong offense and solid defense. Leslie got the final shot on the board for the Terps. Michigan's Nicole Munger hit a three just before the buzzer, but it wouldn't be quite enough. After their first half deficit, the Terps came back in the second to win 76-56.

At the game's conclusion, Confroy had 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from deep, and Moseley and Leslie had 13 and 10, respectively, off the Maryland bench. Ristovski had 15 for the Wolverines.

The Terps out-rebounded the Wolverines 40-24, including 12-6 offensive rebounds.

Next up for the Wolverines is Penn State on Feb. 20. The Terps look to take on Rutgers Feb. 2