Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball Drops Non-Conference Finale to #18 Maryland, 74-60

Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball Drops Non-Conference Finale to #18 Maryland, 74-60 PHILADELPHIA - Despite a career-best 23 points from junior guard Katie Kuester , the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team fell in its final game of the non-conference schedule to #18/20 Maryland, 74-60, Sunday afternoon at Hagan Arena.

After a tightly-played first half that saw five ties and six leads changes, the Terps used its size and depth to pull away from the Hawks in the second stanza. With the score tied at 36 all four minutes in, Maryland took control of the game behind a 14-5 run that spanned just over three minutes and gave the Terps a 50-41 lead.

Saint Joseph's (10-4) cut the deficit back to five, 48-43, on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Ashley Prim with 9:18 left to go.

However, Maryland would let SJU get no closer, outscoring the Hawks 16-8 over the next three minutes to open a 64-51 lead. The Terps never allowed the Hawks to come closer than 11 points over the final six minutes as Maryland moved to 13-1 on the season.

For the game, Saint Joseph's shot 35 percent from the field (21-of-60), 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-of-18) and 73.3 percent from the foul line (11-of-15). Kuester finished 5-of-14 from the field, including four three-point field goals and shooting 9-of-10 from the line. Classmate Michelle Baker was the only other Hawk in double figures, finishing with 12 points, while Prim added nine points and four assists.

At the other end, the Terps shot 47.5 percent from the floor (29-of-61), hit 2-of-9 from behind the arc and went 14-of-25 from the foul line (56 percent). Maryland finished with a 48-30 edge in rebounds and outscored the Hawks 42-12 in the paint and 22-13 in bench scoring. Alyssa Thomas was one of four Maryland players in double figures, finishing with 22 points, while Diandra Tchatchouang added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Saint Joseph's, which set a program record with 10 non-conference wins, opens Atlantic 10 play next Saturday, January 8, at Saint Louis. Game time is set for 8 p.m. EST.

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