Maryland 78 Rutgers 67: Maryland Women Capture Fifth Straight

Bowl games galore. The focus here on Monday was on women’s basketball. Specifically Maryland at Rutgers in BIG10 action. Maryland captured their fifth straight with a 78-67 victory over the Scarlet Knights at Jersey Mike’s Arena (can I please say the RAC?). The numbers….Courtesy of

Possessions: 72

Offensive Efficiency: Maryland 107, Rutgers 94

What Maryland did well. Defend. And do a more than respectable job on the offensive end. Maryland showed some 2-2-1 pressure and zone in half court defense. The pressure kept the Scarlet Knights off balance to the tune of a 26% turnover rate. In raw numbers Rutgers turned the ball over 22 times. Offensively Brenda Frese’s group shot a 47% eFG percentage. They showed an excellent 37% OREB percentage and 11% TO rate.

What Rutgers did well. Compete. Scarlet Knights trailed by 15 after one period. By intermission the deficit was a more manageable seven. Maryland owned the third period by a 27-11 margin. In the fourth Rutgers, though never seriously challenging Maryland’s lead, kept working hard and battling through every possession.

Leading scorers: Abby Meyers led Maryland with 22 points. Meyers had some nice looks and made the most of them hitting 4 of 7 from three. Diamond Miller in her homecoming to her native Garden State, hit for 15 (all but two after intermission). Shyanne Sellers added 12.

Rutgers was led by Kaylene Smikle with a game high 29 points. Smikle, a freshman, hit a career high and has averaged 23 points per game over her last four outings. Kassondra Brown was Rutgers' other double digit scorer with 12.

Sixteenth ranked Maryland is now 12-3 (3-1). For Rutgers coach Coquese Washington, she is still looking for that initial Big10 win. Rutgers is now 6-10 (0-4).

Next up for Maryland is a home contest against Michigan State on Saturday. Rutgers is also at home this Saturday as they entertain Nebraska, the only team to date, to defeat Maryland in conference play.

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