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Terps host Georgia Tech in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Fresh off a trip to Puerto Rico, the No. 7 Maryland women’s basketball team will host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Thursday night in a Big Ten-ACC matchup.

The Terps (6-0) have yet to surrender a game so far this season, extending their win streak with wins over Morgan State and No. 24 Georgia in the Puerto Rico Clasico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A second-half surge lifted the Terps over Morgan State, 68-44, after the Bears kept it close in the first quarter.Freshman guard Taylor Mikesell sunk four three-pointers in the second half alone, finishing the game with the second-most points on the team— 17. Junior guard Kalia Charles led the team with 18 points, aiding to the Terps’ 44 points solely in the second half.

The Terps picked up their second win in Puerto Rico against the No. 24-ranked Bulldogs thanks to junior forward Stephanie Jones’ 17 first-half points, and 21 total.

The Terps and Bulldogs were closely matched throughout the entire game, but Jones and Charles helped the Terps go on a 9-2 run in the third quarter to take a 47-42 lead. Maryland’s defense, along with six points late in the game from senior forward Brianna Fraser, led the Terps to a 58-51 win.

From one Georgia school to another, the Terps’ next test will be a 5-1 Georgia Tech team. The Yellow Jackets concluded the Cancun Challenge 2-0, after a 70-55 win over George Washington and a 74-51 win against Idaho State.

Georgia Tech’s junior guard Francesca Pan leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring with 100 total, after tying the team-high with 15 points against George Washington and 18 in their win against Idaho State. Pan also reached a milestone in the Yellow Jackets’ latest win, hitting 1,000 career-points.

Freshman guard Elizabeth Balogun is second on the team in scoring with 72 points and matched Pan’s 18 points against Idaho State as well.

The Terps lead the Yellow Jackets, 49-18, in the all-time series and 7-1 at home. Maryland has won the last six matchups, including the last time the two teams met was 2014, when the Terps won, 92-81.

Maryland and Georgia Tech will tip-off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night in the XFINITY Center.

Hannah Fields

Hannah Fields is a journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Hannah is a beat writer for The Left Bench and has covered various sports such as men's soccer, women's lacrosse and wrestling. She is also involved with The Left Bench TV and other publications on campus.
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Hannah Fields is a journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Hannah is a beat writer for The Left Bench and has covered various sports such as men's soccer, women's lacrosse and wrestling. She is also involved with The Left Bench TV and other publications on campus.