Strong D Leads Terps in Win over Minnesota

The Lady Terps used a strong defensive performance to defeat Minnesota in the Big 10/ACC Challenge.

In 2002, then-Minnesota head coach Brenda Frese was named the AP National Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Gophers to a 22-8 record and an a NCAA Tournament berth. Eight seasons later, the now-Maryland head coach welcomed her former team to the Comcast Center to face the 6-1 Terrapins in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.

The Golden Gophers put up seven quick points to start the game, but Maryland's defense soon began to settle in. Lead by Diandra Tchatchouang's eight points, the Terrapins outscored Minnesota 31-15 in the final 16 minutes of the half, giving them a nine-point halftime lead.

Five different players had steals for the Terps, and their defense held the Golden Gophers to just 23% shooting in the first half.

“We were probably more physical with them than any team they've played so far,” said sophomore guard Kim Rodgers, “I don't think they were ready for it.”

The Terps remained very strong defensively in the second half, as the Golden Gophers did not reach double-digit second half points until there were just over six minutes left in the game. Minnesota was outscored 24-11 in that stretch.

In the end, the Terrapins outscored the Golden Gophers by 12 in the second half, leading them to a 66-45 victory.

We had fun tonight,” said Frese, “I'm most pleased about the level of toughness we showed against a really good Minnesota team. It was a very physical game, and a game where I thought we did a tremendous job. I'm most proud of our defense to be able to hold a team that's been scoring in the 70s to 45 points.”

Rogers lead Maryland with 14 points and eight rebounds. Tchatchouang and Lynetta Kizer were also in double figures for the Terps, with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Lori Bjork lead the team with four assists.

For Minnesota, only Jackie Voigt scored in double figures with 10 points. Ashley Ellis-Milan added eight points and eight rebounds, and Brittany McCoy lead the team with four assists.

While Maryland's offense struggled at times, their defense kept them in the game. Minnesota only shot 27% for the game, and were just 3-10 from beyond the arc. Maryland also beat them handily in defensive rebounds, out-rebounding them 32-23 defensively.

This win was the Terrapins' 43rd consecutive win in the Comcast Center, bringing their record to 7-1 on the season. Maryland's next game will be at home against Loyola of Maryland Sunday, December 6 at 2:00.

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