Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD—
It might have taken a week to play this game against Purdue after a roof leak in Xfinity Center forced postponement of the game, it also seemed to have fixed the postponed offense that saw the Terp women struggle in a loss to Michigan State.
The Terps began their three-game home stand with a convincing, 88-66 victory over the Boilermakers. The Terps dominated Purdue thanks to offensive efforts from Shyanne Sellers, Bri McDaniel and Jakia Brown-Turner.
Brown-Turner scored 18 points, her most with Maryland. McDaniel once again set a new personal best with 25 points.
Purdue battled back in the third quarter thanks to a pair of three-point baskets from Madison Layden that forced Terps Head Coach Brenda Frese to take a time out. This is the last time the Terps saw the Boilermakers in their rear-view mirror.
The Terps forced a turnover on the next possession and a shot clock violation on defense out of the timeout and handed the ball to Bri McDaniel on offense. The sophomore made three straight baskets, including two three-pointers.
“There were a lot of things we could learn from that Michigan State game,” said Terps Head Coach Brenda Frese after the game. ” Bri did an excellent job for us today and made a big difference late in the game when Purdue tried to close the gap.”
“She’s having fun,” said Frese about Bri McDaniel’s recent play. “She’s regulating her emotions and she’s confident. She gives us another ball handler, someone who can get downhill. Obviously when she shoots the three like she did tonight, it gives us another weapon from the three-point range. Lastly, she’s an elite defender for us.”
Can the Terps turn the corner and make a run in the Big Ten? The next couple of games against 12th Ranked Ohio State and Illinois coming up this week.
Other Game Notables:
Shyanne Sellers scored her 1000 point as a Terp today. Sellers is leading the Terrapins in points, rebounds, assists and steals this season and is the first to lead Maryland in all four stats since Alyssa Thomas in 2012-13.