basketball-women-d1 flag

Brenden Welper | NCAA.com | November 13, 2019

No. 8 Maryland women's basketball erases 19-point fourth quarter deficit to escape James Madison 70-68

Watch: UConn's Geno Auriemma reflects on his career entering 35th season

When Nikki Oppenheimer made a 3-pointer just five seconds into the fourth quarter, she gave James Madison its largest lead of the night at 19 points. But that wasn't enough for the Dukes to pull off an upset over eighth-ranked Maryland.

The Terrapins closed Wednesday's game on a 29-8 run over the final 9:55 to win 70-68 and avoid a non-conference loss on the road.

TOP 25: Check out this week's women's basketball AP poll

Maryland forward Shakira Austin led all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting in 24 minutes. It was her jumper with 1:20 remaining that gave the Terrapins their first lead of the night 68-66. She scored 13 points in the final period.

The Dukes would tie the game once more with two free throws, but Maryland's Ashley Owusu (14 points) put Maryland in front for good with a game-winning layup with less than three seconds remaining.

The Dukes were led by starting point guard Kiki Jefferson, who finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists. But Jefferson was limited to a single layup in the fourth quarter, and James Madison as a whole went 3-for-15 from the floor in the final frame. 

POWER 10: South Carolina jumps in NCAA.com's latest rankings

Still, the Dukes were in the contest until the very end. After Owusu's go-ahead layup, James Madison had one final chance to escape with a victory.

Kamiah Smalls nearly sank a miraculous buzzer beater from half court as time expired. But the ball banked off the glass, rattled around the rim and ultimately bounced out.

According to ESPN, the Dukes had a 99.7 percent win probability after Oppenheimer's fourth-quarter-opening 3 put JMU up 60-41.

Tracking the 2019-20 undefeated college basketball teams

We're tracking all the undefeated NCAA DI men's college basketball teams in the 2019-20 season.
READ MORE

Listen to Anthony Cowan Jr. talk Maryland basketball and his clutch performance against Illinois

Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr. talked with Andy Katz on the latest episode of the March Madness 365 podcast about his late-game heroics versus Illinois, expectations of Maryland basketball this season and more.
READ MORE

The most challenging December games for every undefeated men's basketball team

Here are the most challenging upcoming games in December for the eight remaining undefeated men's college basketball teams in the 2019-20 season.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners