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Maryland Women Claim Top Spot in Big 10 With Solid, 72-57 Victory Over Northwestern

Story By: Erin Zollars

Photos By: Sol Tucker

The Terps Gave Northwestern All They Could Handle

In a game where the Terps were playing for Kay, they looked as if they were playing to get rolling for the upcoming NCAA Tournament tonight with a convincing, 72-57 victory over Northwestern.

Stephanie Jones had 16 points and nine rebounds, reserve Sara Vujacic made all four of her shots in the first half, where the Terps not only found ways to score in bunches it seemed but the forced Northwestern into some costly mistakes that turned into key points for the Terps.

While the Terps have lost just two games this season, Head Coach Brenda Frese has seemed to find a better mix of her starters and bench players when it matters the most.

“In February you can get a pulse of where teams are at, whether they’re ready to separate or they’re fatigued,” Frese said. “I can see it in our players’ eyes. We have a ton of energy. It’s just a focus and a mentality. We can see what lies ahead, and tonight was just a great start for us.”

The big difference for the Terps tonight was their ability to get good looks from long range. Maryland went 8-for-16 from beyond the arc, getting 3s from four different players.

“Maryland is really talented,” coach Joe McKeown said. “They showed why they’re one of the best teams in the country right now. It’s just so hard to guard them because they can score from a lot of different places.”

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