Sophomore forward Stephanie Jones (24) knocks her defender to the ground as she reaches for the basket (Joel Valley/The Left Bench).

Terps come out victorious in revenge game against Spartans

The Maryland women’s basketball team came out against Michigan State with revenge on their minds as the Spartans handed them their only loss in conference play this season, and revenge is just what they got as they handled the Spartans 76-68.

Maryland (21-3, 10-1) had all five starters score in double figures with Kaila Charles leading the team with 19 points and 11 rebounds. That is Charles 13th double double on the season.

Maryland came out hot going on a 6-0 run to take the lead into the first time out.

But Michigan State (14-11, 4-8), kept it close with their shots from long distance going into the second quarter with two huge three’s from Taryn Mccutcheon, who torched the Terrapins last time these teams met, scoring 25 points.

The Spartans even managed to take a lead with about Nine minutes left in the second quarter.  However, this would be the closest the game ever would be for the remainder of the contest as the Terrapins went on a 22 point swing from that point until around the end of the 3rd quarter.

Maryland’s defense was stellar as they recorded 13 steals on the day, and held McCutcheon to just two more points on the day and a season low 3-15 shooting on the day.

The Terps defense shut down the starters to the point that the top two leading scorers for the Spartans came of the bench.

Kristen Confroy, who played virtually the whole game, also knocked down  two three’s which put her second all time from distance in Maryland history.

Channise Lewis also contributed from downtown scoring a career high 11 points with six points coming from behind the arc.

The Terps are now riding a six game win streak since their last meeting against the Spartans and currently hold sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

The Terps will now finish their three game road stand this Sunday when the travel to New Jersey to take on Rutgers.

Tip off is set for noon on Sunday, February 11.