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Recap: Shorthanded No. 2 Maryland women’s basketball upended by No. 7 Stanford, 86-67.

By Brandon Schwartzberg

With less than a minute remaining in the third quarter, Stanford looked to extend their 25 point lead. The Cardinals moved the ball around the perimeter and found Hannah Jump in the corner. 

Jump pumpfaked, getting Taisiya Kozlova to fly by her. She reset behind the arc, fired up the shot, and connected on her seventh three pointer of the afternoon to extend the Cardinals lead even further.

No. 2 Maryland women’s basketball took on No. 7 Stanford as part of the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship Saturday afternoon. Both teams came in following losses against ranked opponents, looking to get back in the win column.

Maryland led 5-2 early, but after that it was all Stanford, as the Cardinals won in dominating fashion, 86-67. 

With the win, Stanford improved to 5-2, while Maryland dropped to 6-2 with the loss.

 “I think the biggest thing I’m disappointed in was our lack of competing today. I thought we showed our emotion. We lost our poise, we lost our composure early in this game. Stanford outworked us, outhustled us, competed for 40 minutes. That’s what a championship team looks like,” coach Brenda Frese said of the loss.

Midway through the first quarter the game was tied, as the teams went to a media timeout. Angel Reese and Ashley Owusu each picked up early fouls, foreshadowing the rest of the game.

The Cardinals outscored the Terps 13-6 the rest of the quarter, headlined by Hannah Jump’s 9 points, all from deep. Chloe Bibby was a perfect 3-3 from the field, but the rest of her teammates only shot 23% from the floor. 

With a seven-point lead entering the second quarter, the Cardinals looked to extend their advantage. Following a Bibby bucket to open up the scoring in the quarter, Stanford went on a 12-0 run to extend their lead to 17.

 Maryland responded with back-to-back made jumpers, but to close out the quarter, Stanford outscored Maryland 12-0, entering halftime up 46-24.

In the second quarter Owusu picked up three fouls, including a technical, putting her at 4 entering the half. Additionally, Reese ended the first half with three fouls, making it that much harder for Maryland to stage a comeback.

The Terps offense was even less efficient in the second quarter, as they only scored 9 points and didn’t reach the free throw line once. Meanwhile, Stanford got to the stripe 12 times, playing as the more aggressive team.

Maryland’s offense played more aggressive in the third quarter, as the Terps shot 41% from the field and got to the stripe ten times. However, Stanford’s offense reached another level. The Cardinals shot 68% from the field and 50% from three, knocking down four triples.

Stanford’s Lexie Hull scored 10 points alone in the quarter, cashing in on all four of her shots, two of which from deep. 

Entering the final quarter of play, Stanford led 75-48. The Cardinals could do whatever they wanted on offense, as Maryland struggled on the defensive side of the ball as they battled foul and depth trouble.

Both teams struggled on offense in the fourth quarter. Stanford went to their bench for minutes to close out the game, while Maryland just couldn’t get anything to fall from the field, shooting less than 20% from the floor.

The lone bright spot for the Terps in the fourth was Owusu, as she scored 13 of her game-high 29 points in the quarter. Overall, Owusu went to the stripe 11 times, using her body well to fight through contact and find easy points. 

“I think it impacted us a lot. Katie is a great shooter and she spaces the floor so I think we were missing that piece.” Owusu said of the absence of Katie Benzan, who was inactive due to an illness.

The only other Terp in double figures was Chloe Bibby, as she chipped in 15 points.

For the Terps, sophomore Taisiya Kozlova played over 20 minutes for just the second time this season, and freshman Emma Chardon played over 7 minutes for just the third time this season as Brenda Frese was forced to rely on her bench players for minutes. 

Stanford shot 20% better from the field than Maryland, outrebounded Maryland by 11, and scored 22 more second chance points. The Cardinals played better than the Terps in every aspect, and as a result dominated from start to finish.

Maryland’s next chance to get back in the win column will be Thursday as they take on Miami at home as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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