Maryland fights off Delaware
Terrapins’ Mincy scores 25 points, hands Blue Hens first loss
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- No. 5 Maryland found itself in a unique position on Thursday: trailing in the second half on its own floor.
Although the Terrapins never could find a way to prevent Delaware star Elena Delle Donne from scoring, they got enough production from guards Laurin Mincy and Anjale Barrett to pull out an 85-76 victory against the 19th-ranked, and previously unbeaten Blue Hens.
Mincy scored 18 of her career-high 25 points after halftime and fueled a pivotal run that enabled Maryland (13-0) to win the title game of the Terrapin Classic. Barrett had 16 points and eight assists despite missing time in the first half after a fall.
The Terrapins trailed 44-41 before Mincy scored nine points in a 15-2 run that put Maryland ahead by 10 with 13:51 left. After the Blue Hens closed to 56-50, Barrett contributed the final seven points to a 9-2 spurt that upped the margin to 13.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 UConn 93, Fairfield 40|
|No. 12 Miami (Fla.) 91, VCU 61|
|No. 15 Georgetown 65, Vermont 53|
|No. 18 Green Bay 80, Ill.-Chicago 63|
|No. 24 North Carolina 74, Savannah St. 21|
|No. 25 Vanderbilt 81, Western Carolina 36|
Alyssa Thomas had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Terrapins, whose margin of victory was under double digits for only the second time this season.
Delle Donne scored 32 for the Blue Hens (10-1), who were seeking to improve on their best start in school history. Delaware is 0-10 all-time against Maryland and 3-28 versus ranked opponents.
Delle Donne finished 10-19 from the field and made all 10 of her free throws. The nation's leading scorer kept the Blue Hens in striking distance by scoring 24 points after halftime, including two foul shots that made it 79-73 with 3:43 to go.
But the Terrapins simply had too much depth and height. Maryland finished with a 38-30 rebounding advantage, the first time this season Delaware was beaten on the boards.
Delaware ran off 11 consecutive points late in the first half, taking its second lead of the game before a follow-shot by Whitney Bays put Maryland up 39-38 at the break.
After Thomas scored off the opening tip, the Blue Hens went up 7-6. Thomas then made a pair of baskets in a 13-4 run that put the Terps in front 19-11. The only Delaware points during the surge were scored by Donne, who also committed two turnovers.
It was 24-20 before Thomas drilled a 3-pointer off a pass from Barrett and Kim Rodgers sank two foul shots. Minutes later, Thomas drove the length of the court for a layup, was fouled and added the free throw to make it 37-27.
The Terrapins then went nearly nine minutes without scoring. Barrett had assists on five of Maryland's first eight baskets, but she hurt her left ankle trying to take a charge and did not play the last six minutes of the half.