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Strong second half lifts Terps to win at Iowa

After trailing at halftime the Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team pulled away from the host Iowa Hawkeyes as they picked up a 98-82 victory in head coach Brenda Frese’s home state on Saturday.

Brionna Jones posted her eight-straight double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland to the victory. Senior classmate Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half and was a driving forced to the Terps victory.

Maryland opened the game on an 11-2 run and held a 27-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. It looked like they were going to be running away with things very early in the game, but the host Hawkeyes punched back. As the Terps struggled with fouls early in the second quarter. Jones was whistled for two fouls very early and was sent to the bench. Iowa took advantage and went on a 20-3 run to take a 47-43 lead into halftime.

“I thought we regrouped at halftime [and] really buckled down defensively,” Frese said. “We played much better defense in the second half.”

The two teams exchanged points early in the third quarter, but a 13-0 run put Maryland from five down to ahead by eight points A layup by Walker-Kimbrough with 4:13 remaining in the period put Maryland ahead 61-53.

Iowa scored on back-to-back layups, but Maryland had an overwhelmingly strong third quarter and built a 71-59 lead by the end of it. Maryland quickly built as much of a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, earned after a 3-pointer by Walker-Kimbrough with 82-62 remaining in the game.

Iowa never got back within 12 points after that. Maryland shot 58.1-percent from the floor in the second half as they pulled away from the Hawkeyes for the victory.

Maryland will return home to host Michigan on Thursday at 6 pm.

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