BALTIMORE – Time and time again, teams that play against the University of Maryland women’s basketball team have failed to figure out how to stop guard Kaila Charles.
The Glenn Dale native continued to come up big for the No. 12 Terrapins on Dec. 28 in their Big Ten Conference opener against No. 23 Michigan. Charles posted a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Terrapins rolled to a 70-55 victory over the Wolverines at home.
In this game, Charles did a little bit of everything. She finished 10 for 17 from the field and pulled down 11 rebounds for her second career double-double. Plus, Charles ended the game with three steals and three assists. Lastly, she moved into ninth place (1,685 career points) on Maryland’s all-time scoring list passing Christy Winters Scott (1987-90, 1,679 points).
“I obviously thought Kaila set the tone from the tip,” Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese said. “She looked like the All-American that she is. It was just her energy for us making a ton of great plays.”
Shakira Austin, Ashley Owusu and Stephanie Jones all pitched in with 10 points apiece in the win.
Maryland (10-2, 1-0) led for much of the game until Michigan (9-3, 0-1) tied it with just less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter. But the Terrapins then scored the next eight points – six from Austin – and never trailed again.
Maryland scored 28 in the fourth quarter and broke the game open. Owusu helped with eight points in that period. Amy Dilk topped the Wolverines with 18 points.
“They pushed us to the end, but I’m proud of our toughness,” Frese said. “There’s going to be nights, uncharacteristic shots that weren’t falling for us…but we could rely on both our defense and rebounding.”
Maryland hits the road for a game at Northwestern (11-1, 1-0) on Dec. 31 in another early Big Ten test. They return home to take on Ohio State on Jan. 6.
No. 16 Virginia stops Navy
A 12-point scoring run to end any hopes of an upset victory by Navy’s men’s basketball team against last year’s national champions No. 16 Virginia on Dec. 29. The Cavaliers held off a competitive Mids team with a 65-56 victory at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Cavaliers (10-2) jumped out to an early eight-point lead five minutes into the game, which increased to 10 points (28-18) midway through the first half. Navy (6-5) attempted to get close, but Virginia exploded to a 9-2 run.
Navy’s Luke Loehr connected a 3-pointer at the buzzer before halftime to reduce the deficit down to eight points.
Navy continued to battle, driving down Virginia’s lead down to one point after a 3-pointer from John Carter Jr. in the second half. However, after a timeout, Virginia began to score consecutive fastbreak baskets as well as converting free throws. Navy’s attempts to climb back into the lead never got closer to that moment.
“We took the lead at 41-40, then Virginia went on a 12-0 run because of our shot selection,” Navy Head Coach Ed DeChellis said. “Then we, as I tell the guys, tried to put 10 pounds of potatoes in a five-pound sack. We just tried jamming it in there, and they (Virginia) started swatting it and started their transition game, and that’s how they got us, and that’s a credit to them.”
Three players scored in double figures for Virginia, including a team-high 15 points by Braxton. Navy junior guard Cam Davis scored a game-high 19 points and was 4 for 8 from the 3-point line. Navy will start the new year off with a home game against Lehigh on Jan. 2 before heading on the road to take on Holy Cross on Jan. 5.
PGCC wins again
The Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) men’s basketball team headed into the new year on a roll.
The Owls rallied in their last game, against Hocking College at home on Dec. 20, to post an 84-78 victory. That stretched PGCC’s winning streak to five, improved their record to 10-4 overall, and 3-3 in MD JUCO competition. Hocking slipped to 10-3 this season.
PGCC used a nine-point run to take a 51-45 lead and never trailed again. Hocking cut the lead to two points later in the second half, but the Owls held on and pulled out the win.
Tunde Scrivner paced PGCC with 25 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. David Burriss topped the Owls on the boards with seven rebounds as they had problems inside against Hocking. The visitors held a 47-39 edge on the boards and also finished with 48 points in the paint. Ryan Archey Jr. led Hocking with 23 points in the loss.
PGCC next plays on Jan. 4 at Hagerstown after the winter break.