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No. 8 Maryland women’s basketball overcame sloppy play to upend Rutgers

By Matthew Kiras

No. 8 Maryland women’s basketball took on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a sloppy basketball game by both teams. While the Terps pulled out a 14-point victory over their first conference opponent, both squads committed a bevy of turnovers throughout the contest.

The game’s final tally for turnovers was Rutgers having 19 turnovers and 24 personal fouls, while the Terps clocked 15 turnovers and 15 personal fouls. 

Maryland guard Ashley Owusu racked up a total of five fouls and fouled out of the game with only a minute and 14 seconds left to go in the game. Forward Angel Reese had a total of four personal fouls while guard Faith Masonius picked up an additional two fouls.

“I mean, it’s tough,” Reese said postgame of her recent foul troubles. ”I’ve gotten foul trouble every single game except for the last game, I think, but trying to fight through it mentally.” 

Maryland guards Shyanne Sellers and Katie Benzan each had one foul, while forwards Chloe Bibby and Mimi Collins both picked up one foul each as well. 

Rutgers forwards Tyia Singleton and Oshlynn Brown each had four fouls, while guard Shug Dickson also had four fouls.  

Two Rutgers players ended with a total of three fouls each, and those players were guard Lasha Petree and guard Sayawni Lassiter. Guard Jailyn Mason racked up a total of two personal fouls while her teammates Chyna Cornwell, Sakima Walker, Kierra Sanderlin, and Destiny Marshall all had one foul each. 

“Yeah, you know, obviously we’re finding different ways to win,” coach Brenda Frese said of her team’s will to win in spite of foul trouble. “I love that this team is finding a way, and every game is going to be different.” 

Sunday’s game was similar to when Maryland played the University of Miami on Thursday night, as Maryland was fouled 24 times in that game. 

Turnovers were a significant part of Sunday’s battle as well. Rutgers had six turnovers at the end of the first quarter, while Maryland only had two. After the second quarter, there were a total of 15 turnovers between the two teams, with the Terps accumulating five and Rutgers having the other 10. 

After the third quarter, Maryland had a total of 10 turnovers while Rutgers had fifteen. However, despite all the fouls and turnovers, the Terps’ defense stood firm and created a whopping 19 turnovers. 

Maryland had a total of six blocks, with guard Faith Masonius racking up half of the team’s rejections. Teammates Mimi Collins, Chloe Bibby, and Katie Benzan each were able to have a block in the contest. 

Frese’s squad held the Scarlet Knights to a field goal percentage of 36.1% and a three-point percentage of 31.6% in the double-digit victory. The Terps were at the free-throw line 27 times and managed to knock down 20 of those free throws, a 74.1% average. 

“I love the fact that we got to the free-throw line 27 times,” Frese said. “I think we do a good job being able to get to the free-throw line.” 

Maryland did, in fact, struggle from behind the three-point line, shooting 3-13 on the afternoon.

“There’s going to come a time and a place where you’re gonna be matched so you know it’s areas that we gotta continue to improve on as a team,” Frese said.

The Terps look to get back to action against Purdue on Wednesday night at the Xfinity Center.

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