Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
With Brenda Frese having her Lady Terps team running on all cylinders, today was one of their final match ups against a ranked team that they would have to face before the start of the Big Ten Conference Tournament.
Boasting a 20-2 record coming into today’s game against the 19th ranked Huskers, their 12-0 conference record has everyone talking about the Terps as the team to beat this season. Nebraska seemed to struggle with their best player in Rachael Theriot out with an injury. They lacked any kind of of outside presence in the second half and went more than four minutes without a basket.
“We’re missing one of the best guards in the league,” Yori said. “Rachel was a preseason top-five player in the league for a reason. She not only can score the ball, she makes it easier for other people to get shots. We’re missing her. There’s no doubt. That hurts us offensively.”
Brionna Jones had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the Terrapins, who are riding their longest winning streak since going 16-0 to start the 2011 season. Malina Howard also finished with 12 points for Maryland (21-2, 12-0 Big Ten).
The Terrapins clung to a four-point lead at the break, but got off to a quick start in the second half. A pair of free throws by Jones a layup by Howard provided a 36-25 cushion with 17:58 remaining, forcing Iowa to call timeout.
With six games remaining, the Terrapins will look to become first team to go unbeaten in the Big Ten since Purdue finished 16-0 in the 1998-99 season en route to a national championship.