Connecticut's Brianna Banks (13) goes up for a shot while guarded by Maryland's Alyssa Thomas (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Monday, December 03, 2012 9:55 pm
No. 2 UConn women beat No. 9 Maryland 63-48
By DOUG FEINBERGAP Basketball Writer
Kelly Faris added eight points, eight steals, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Huskies (7-0). She helped hold Maryland All-America Alyssa Thomas to just six points. Trailing by 13 at halftime, Maryland whittled its deficit down to seven before UConn scored eight straight points, including a 3-pointer by Brianna Banks and a three-point play by Bria Hartley. Kiah Stokes capped the run with a lay-in midway through the second half.
Maryland, which had a season-high 26 turnovers couldn't get within single digits the rest of the way.
Tianna Hawkins scored 14 points and freshman Chloe Pavlech added a season-high 10 to lead the Terrapins (4-2).
The Terrapins were playing without guards Laurin Mincy and Brene Moseley. Both suffered ACL injuries this season. Mincy tore the ACL in her right knee early in the second half of Maryland's win over Nebraska last Wednesday. Moseley injured her left knee on Oct. 21. Moseley was the third ACL injury for the Terps this season. Senior center Essence Townsend tore hers in an exhibition game in early October.
Without the guards, Maryland couldn't take care of the basketball. The Terps came into the game averaging only 16 turnovers a contest.
UConn couldn't take advantage early of the miscues. Leading 17-8, Maryland scored seven straight points to make it a two-point game. Stewart finally ended a 5 1/2-minute drought scoring seven straight points during a 10-0 run by the Huskies. She started it with a 3-pointer and connected on a falling down layup, following up her own miss. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis capped the burst with a 3-pointer that made it 27-15. The Huskies led 33-20 at halftime.
Mosqueda-Lewis didn't return for the second half after bruising a left quad. She missed the Huskies' previous game against Colgate after suffering a concussion against Purdue on Nov. 24.
Monday's game had special meaning for Maryland coach Brenda Frese, whose 4-year-old son Tyler continues to battle leukemia.
"It means a lot," Frese said. "Obviously, there was no question when we got the invite that we knew we wanted to play in it. And, obviously, for me personally with my son, Tyler, going through leukemia and with his diagnosis and his treatment I think it just helps us to be able to with a national audience and on TV to bring even more awareness to all the people out there that are battling cancer. And, obviously, our family is one that's directly impacted, but the fact that we can play a game and bring exposure is really important and we're just really fortunate to be a part of it."
Tyler was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 2 1/2-years-old. Frese said at this point he is "doing really well."
"He's got one more year of treatment," Frese said. "He takes chemo and medicine every single day. It's a three-and-a-half-year treatment that he's going on with (Johns) Hopkins (Pediatric Oncology Center) up in Baltimore. December of 2013 will be his last day of medicine and then he's got to go a year and a half after that to be deemed cancer-free. But all signs are great. He's not showing any cancer at the moment and he's doing extremely well."
The teams will play again in the Jimmy V Classic next season at Maryland. This was the first meeting between the programs. UConn continued its domination of ACC opponents, winning its 20th straight over ACC teams, winning by an average of 28.0 points.
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