Women’s Basketball Writer
The #22 Maryland Terps won their fifth straight game Thursday night, narrowly defeating the Purdue Boilermakers, 56-55, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The game remained close throughout until around the 13:00 mark of the second half, when the Boilermakers went on a 14-5 run and built a 10-point lead. Led by freshman Alyssa Thomas, who notched 10 of her 12 points in the second half, the Terps went on a run on their own to cut the lead to only one with 1:27 remaining.
Thomas’ basket with 52 seconds remaining gave the Terps the lead, but a Maryland turnover with eight seconds to go gave Purdue a chance to win the game. The Boilermakers’ game-winning shot attempt was blocked by Thomas to seal the victory for the Terps.
Maryland was led by junior Lynetta Kizer, who scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Thomas, who had 12 points and 9 rebounds. The Boilermakers were lead by freshman guard Courtney Moses, who netted 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Both teams struggled with sloppy play throughout the game. The Terps committed 27 turnovers, compared to 24 by the Boilermakers. The Terps come back to College Park to take on Appalachian State Sunday at 2 p.m.
Player of the Game: Though Kizer had a great game, Thomas wins the honors this week for her performance in the second half and the blocking of Purdue’s game winning shot attempt.