Spartans upset No. 11 Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Taryn McCutcheon scored a career-high 25 points, and Michigan State surprised No. 11 Maryland 82-68 Thursday night to end the Terrapins’ 13-game winning streak.
Maryland (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) dressed nine players and played only seven. Sophomore guard Blair Watson, the team’s second-leading scorer, tore her right ACL in practice on Wednesday and is done for the season.
The depleted three-time conference champions used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to close to 43-42, but Michigan State (13-5, 3-2) regained control with a 12-1 spurt and cruised to the finish.
McCutcheon made successive 3-pointers during the pivotal third-quarter surge, and the sophomore’s long-range jumper with 6 minutes left made it 69-58 — effectively ending any hope Maryland had of making a comeback.
Shay Colley had 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Michigan State.
Brianna Fraser scored 17 points and Florida transfer Eleanna Christinaki added 13 in her first start for Maryland. But the Terrapins shot only 39 percent and committed 24 turnovers in their first loss since Nov. 19 at Connecticut.
Michigan State was 0-10 against Maryland in a series that began in 2005.