The Terrapins were down by one with less than a minute to go and looking for someone to turn to. just as she’s done all season, Kaila Charles came in a clutch with a late-game layup to put the give the Terps the lead for good, as Maryland (6-2) defeated the 6the Virginia Cavaliers (3-5), 60-59.
“She [Charles] is the leader of this team.” Coach Frese said.
Charles led the Terps with 13 points, the fourth game that she has led the Terrapins in scoring.
After a empty possession for Virginia, Charles had a chance to extend the lead when she was sent to the free throw line with 18 seconds left. Charles went 1-2 from the line and left the door open for the Cavaliers to take the lead
Virginia drove with 13 seconds and drew a foul, but forward Lauren Moses also went 1-2 from the line, giving Maryland the ball with all but time between them and a win.
On the inbounds pass, Kristen Confroy turned over the ball, a huge error by the Terrapins.
The Cavaliers had the ball with 10 seconds to go, with a single basket to win the game, and after a missed three by Dominique Toussaint, forward Jocelyn Willoughby got the rebound with a layup to win the game at the buzzer, but could not put the ball in.
The loss is the Cavaliers 2nd straight, but they put up a valiant effort. The Cavaliers gave the Terrapins a lot of trouble on defense as the Terps, even in a win, scored the lowest amount of points they have all season.
As a team, Maryland shot 37 percent from the field which was a season low for them.
The Cavaliers, on the other hand, shot 45 percent from the field, which was thanks to a third quarter run that cut down the 10-point halftime lead to two going into the fourth quarter.
This was thanks in part to Aliyah Handel El, who scored four points in the last minute of the third quarter as a part of a 6-0 run.
Handel El also hit a clutch three-pointer two minutes into the second quarter to take the first lead for the Cavaliers since the beginning of the first quarter as part of a 11-0 run.
Both teams were highly contested and played great defense on the perimeter, as less than 10 three-pointers combined were scored on the day.
The Terrapins racked up 11 steals,which stifled the offensive attack by the Cavaliers, which included five steals by guard Kristen Confroy alone.
This led to the lowest scoring quarter of the game, with only 19 points being scored on both sides, including a five minute scoring drought between both teams going into the final minute of play.
But the Cavaliers couldn’t close the deal, as the Terps get their fourth straight win, and third straight on the road.
“[3 point shooting] is huge for us. It would force people to prepare for us inside and out, something we need to build upon.” Coach Frese said.
The Terrapins can now take a breather, as they have a three day break before traveling to Ohio to take on the Akron Zips Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
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