Maryland freshman guard Channise Lewis (3) defends the Terps’ net as Mountaineer junior guard Juliette Lawless (24) dribbles the ball toward the net. (Emily Morina/ The Left Bench)

Fraser, Maryland squeak past Northwestern for third straight win

The Terps as a whole have had some troubles on the road this season, barely beating teams they were heavily favored against. But they managed to pull out a win in Evanston 68-65.

 

Maryland (18-3, 7-1) was able to pull out some more late game heroics on Thursday after an early fourth quarter run set up Northwestern (9-13, 2-6) for a come from behind win.

 

Brianna Fraser stepped up big time for the Terps as she had 9 of her 13 points come in the fourth quarter and led the team with 6 rebounds.

 

“We said we needed to start from the jump and be very aggressive,” forward Eleanna Christinaki said. Christinaki had 15 points on the day and helped a 11-2 second quarter run that allowed Maryland to gain the edge.

 

However even with Fraser’s leading rebounds the Terps for one of the few times this season were outrebounded by the Wildcats.

 

The Northwestern offense  struggled as a whole, shooting only 25% from beyond the arc. They shot 50% from the field overall but only due to late third and early fourth quarter run.

 

Maryland seemed to be struggling in that field as well – they too only shot 25% from three. Both these performances led to the teams scoring some of the lowest point totals they’ve had all season.

 

On the other side of the ball, even with both teams shooting struggles, the Terps managed to force 22 turnovers -the second highest number of turnovers Northwestern has given up all season.

 

“I think we did a good job playing team defense,” guard Kaila Charles said. Charles had two steals on the day and was challenged with the task of guarding Lindsay Pulliam.

 

Pulliam gave the Terps all sorts of problems though as she scored 19 points on the day and was the leading charge to Northwestern’s fourth quarter surge.

 

“We talked all year about how important our chemistry and doing the little things would be,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “We’re going to focus on what we have to do.”

 

Although they came out with a win on the day, the Terps will have to be more efficient later in the season to succeed in the Big Ten.

 

They will have a week break before they come back home and host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

 

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Thursday February 1st.