Maryland women defeat Iowa in battle between Big Ten's top two
Maryland coach Brenda Frese is an Iowa native and grew up attending Hawkeyes games and basketball camps.
So, that connection only added to the excitement of the Terrapins' biggest game thus far in their inaugural season in the Big Ten. Brionna Jones scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half and had 15 rebounds to help No. 5 Maryland extend its winning streak to 13 games with a 93-88 victory over No. 20 Iowa on Sunday in College Park, Md.
The Terrapins (19-2, 10-0) moved two games ahead of the second-place Hawkeyes in the conference standings. Maryland limited Iowa to eight offensive rebounds.
"I grew a Hawkeyes fan, but I couldn't be in this game," Frese said. "I lived 30 miles from there. I have special pride I'm from there. I had a lot of people watching this game. But, at the end of the day, when you tip it up, it's Maryland versus Iowa. It's competitiveness."
Lexie Brown led Maryland with a season-high 26 points.
Ally Disterhoft scored 22 points for Iowa (17-4, 8-2).
• CLOSING IN ON 900: Geno Auriemma took career win No. 899 in No. 2 UConn's 83-49 victory over host Temple. He can become the sixth coach in Division I women's basketball to reach 900 victories if the Huskies (20-1, 10-0 American Athletic Conference) beat Cincinnati on Tuesday.
• 19 IN A ROW FOR BAYLOR: No. 3 Baylor (20-1, 9-0 Big 12) forced 28 turnovers and won its 19th consecutive game, 66-58 at home over Kansas.
• UTES DOMINATE: No. 11 Utah (17-4, 7-2 Pac-12) crushed Southern California (9-12, 1-8) 67-39 in Los Angeles. The Trojans shot just 26.5 percent from the field and lost their sixth straight. They are 3-24 in Pac-12 play over the past two seasons.
• FLYERS HIT 100: Dayton (17-4, 7-2 Atlantic 10) broke the century mark for the first time since Dec. 11, 1999, with a 101-77 win over Fordham (5-14, 0-8). The Flyers have won 17 straight home games.
• COUGARS GET A VICTORY: Houston (9-12, 1-8 American Athletic Conference) won its first conference game of the season, beating Connecticut (11-9, 4-4) at home 70-68. The Huskies' Ryan Boatright had 26 of his career-high 31 points in the last 7:51 of the game.
• NDSU WINS ON THE ROAD: Kory Brown had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists to help visiting North Dakota State (15-7, 7-2 Summit) beat Western Illinois 64-62.