Owusu scores 24, leading No. 9 Maryland past Minnesota 94-62

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ashley Owusu scored 24 points and No. 9 Maryland completed a season sweep of Minnesota with a 94-62 victory Saturday.

Diamond Miller added 20 points with three steals and Katie Benzan finished with 17 points for the Terrapins, who have won five consecutive games by an average of 35 points.

Maryland (16-2, 12-1 Big Ten) stifled Minnesota with its pressure scored 23 points off 13 turnovers.

Kadi Sissoko led Minnesota (7-11, 6-10) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Sissoko has scored in double figures 12 times this season.

Maryland beat Minnesota 90-73 on Jan. 14 and has won all six games in the series.

Chloe Bibby added 10 points for the Terrapins, who shot 55%.

Maryland played uptempo and a layup by Benzan provided a 33-13 lead midway through the second quarter before Minnesota’s Jasmine Powell scored and Sissoko responded with back-to-back field goals. Two free throws by Miller gave the Terps a 49-25 lead at the break.

The second half didn’t get any better for the Golden Gophers, who lost their second straight game.

A 3-pointer by Taisiya Kozlova gave Maryland a 70-37 lead late in third quarter and coach Brenda Frese was able to freely rotate a lineup that consisted of just eight players the rest of the way.

The Terrapins took advantage of their size and outscored the Golden Gophers 44-26 inside the paint and outrebounded them 33-28.

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP

Miller has increased her scoring by 10 points per game as a sophomore, averaging just over 17 for Maryland. She has started all 18 games and is shooting almost 50% from the field in Big Ten play.

THE RIGHT TOUCH

Powell entered the game as one of only four players in the country averaging at least 15.5 points and 5.7 assists. The others are Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, Connecticut’s Paige Bueckers and Owusu.

BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: The Golden Gophers have played better over the second half of the season, but they still have to play stronger defense to compete with upper echelon teams like Maryland, which had just two turnovers.

Maryland: The Terrapins are the highest-scoring team in the nation, but their defense has been just as good the past month. Maryland was especially effective against Minnesota with its traps and pressure, forcing four shot-clock violations.

UP NEXT

Minnesota: Closes the regular season with two home games, beginning Wednesday against Nebraska.

Maryland: Hosts Iowa on Tuesday as a makeup game for Jan. 21 game that was postponed out of caution for player safety following the presidential inauguration.

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