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No. 6 Maryland women beat Michigan 74-65

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 9:06pm  ET

By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas scored 24 points, and No. 6 Maryland used a late surge to top previously unbeaten Michigan 74-65 Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Terrapins (8-0) led 60-59 with six minutes left before Laurin Mincy drilled a 3-pointer, Lynetta Kizer added a three-point play and Anjale Barrett made two free throws for a nine-point cushion with 3:52 remaining.

After Carmen Reynolds sank two free throws for Michigan (7-1), successive baskets by Tianna Hawkins put Maryland up by 11.

Hawkins had 10 points and 16 rebounds, and Mincy contributed 11 points and eight rebounds for the Terrapins.

Courtney Boylan scored 17 and Reynolds had 15 for Michigan, which was an 8-0 start for the first time in school history. The Wolverines have never defeated a team in the Top 10.

Maryland outrebounded Michigan 51-28, but the Wolverines committed only seven turnovers and made nine 3-pointers.

Michigan went ahead for the first time when Rachel Sheffer opened the second half with a jumper in the lane to make it 38-36. A 3-pointer by Reynolds upped the lead to 43-40, but successive three-point plays by Alicia DeVaughn and Thomas put the Terrapins back in front. DeVaughn then hit a follow-shot for a 48-43 advantage, and after a Michigan timeout, Thomas capped the 10-0 run with a driving layup.

But the Wolverines weren't done. Reynolds hit a 3, and layups by Boylan and Jenny Ryan knotted the score at 50 with 13:18 left.

The game was subsequently tied at 52, 54 and 56. On each occasion, Maryland scored first and Michigan answered. The trend was broken when Barrett and Mincy hit successive baskets to make it 60-56 with 6:37 to go.

The first half ended tied at 36 even though Maryland held a 25-14 rebounding advantage and got 19 points from Thomas, who made her first career 3 and also grabbed eight rebounds.

Michigan kept pace with effective inside-outside shooting. The Wolverines went 6 for 10 from beyond the arc and made several layups after the Terrapins altered their defense to fend off the long-range barrage.

Maryland led 18-9, 25-19 and 36-30 before halftime, but in each instance Michigan battled back.


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