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Terps battle Wazzu for 79-69 win in Vegas

Freshman Kaila Charles scored 19 points off 8-for-13 shooting with five rebounds and four steals in 30 minutes against Washington State.

Freshman Kaila Charles scored 19 points off 8-for-13 shooting with five rebounds and four steals in 30 minutes against Washington State.

And still, it’s a double-digit victory for the Maryland women’s basketball team as they remain unbeaten through six games with a victory over Washington State to win the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was by far the most the No. 6 Terps have been tested by an opponent, but the Terps were able to pull away for a 79-69 victory.

Brionna Jones had a dominant 20-point, and career-best 20-rebound double-double to lead the Terps to their victory. She also had five steals in the game as Maryland out-scored the Cougars in the paint 40-28. Freshman Kaila Charles added 19 points, 15 of which were scored in the second half, while senior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 15 points and went 9-for-9 from the foul line. Destiny Slocum also scored 11 points, eight of which game down the stretch in the fourth quarter, where the Terps pulled away for the win.

Six-straight points by Washington State put the Cougars ahead in the beginning of the game as Louise Brown nailed a 3-pointers for a 10-5 lead. Maryland never let the Cougars pull away, regularly hitting response shots, but the Cougars were able to get ahead by six points at 20-14 after another mini six-point run.

Washington State was able to maintain their lead for nearly the entire second quarter too, getting their five-point lead back on a few occasions. Their last one was after Alexys Swedlund hit a 3-pointer with 3:03 remaining before halftime.

Maryland shut the Cougars out for three minutes, though, and in that span the Terps were able to get back ahead with six-straight points of their own; Walker-Kimbrough hit back-to-back shots and Jones hit a third with eight seconds left to five Maryland a 34-33 lead. They wouldn’t be able to take the lead into the break, though, as Borislav Hristova hit one late free throw to tie the game at halftime.

The entire third quarter was another battle, with three ties and eight lead changes. Neither team would gain more than a three-point lead in the period. That close battle continued into the fourth quarter, but with 4:47 remaining in the game after Hristova tied the game at 61-61 with a layup, Maryland was able to out-pace the Cougars to a lead that was big enough in a very tight game.

Maryland made five free throws to take a 66-61 lead with 3:11 remaining. Brown cut it down to three points with a jumper, but Slocum responded with a 3-pointer and two free throws to give Maryland an eight-point lead with 1:39 left.

The Terps went 6-for-8 from the foul line down the stretch to preserve their lead, building it up to as much as 11 in the final seconds.

Maryland will remain on the road this week when they play at Louisville as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Thursday at 7 pm.

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