The Maryland Terrapins closed the 2019 portion of their season with a hard earned win over the Michigan Wolverines. It was the first conference game of the year for Maryland, they definitely learned something about themselves in the 77-55 victory. On a night where they struggled offensively, the Terps defense was outstanding and is what got them this win.
Kaila Charles led the way with 23 points and 11 rebounds, she also had three steals. Stephanie Jones, Shakira Austin, and Ashley Owusu all had 10 points, both of the underclassmen dealt with foul trouble.
Maryland’s Coach Brenda Frese had this to say on Charles performance. ” I thought obviously Kaila set the tone from the tip, she looked like the All-American that she is.”
Amy Dilk had 18 points to lead Michigan, while Kayla Robbins and Naz Hillmon added 16 points and 15 points respectively. Turnovers really hurt the Wolverines, but the game went back and forth until the fourth quarter.
It took three quarters for either team to truly create separation, but it was Maryland’s defense that created that separation. Maryland outscored Michigan 28-17 in the fourth, stacking stops in the process.
“They wore us out in the fourth quarter, led by their rebounding” said Michigan’s head coach Kim Barnes Arico. “We did a tremendous job locking up the three, we wanted to take away the three and limit them to one shot.”
In that deciding period, the Terps held Michigan to 8-of-17 from the field while shooting 12-of-15 from the floor. They forced the Wolverines into several rushed possessions offensively and a couple of shot clock violations. This quarter also saw Maryland hit their first three pointers of the game. Owusu scored eight of her 10 points in the period after dealing with foul trouble, Jones scored seven of her 10 points in helping to put the game away.
Kaila Charles moved into ninth place on Maryland’s all-time scoring list, passing Christy Winters Scott(1987-90, 1,679 points) and finishing the game at 1,685 career points.
Up next, Maryland travels to Illinois to take on Northwestern on December 31st.