UConn women cruise past Maryland

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Connecticut's Brianna Banks (right) steals the ball from Maryland's Chloe Pavlech. The Huskies forced the Terrapins into a season-high 26 turnovers Monday.  JESSICA HILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JESSICA HILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Connecticut's Brianna Banks (right) steals the ball from Maryland's Chloe Pavlech. The Huskies forced the Terrapins into a season-high 26 turnovers Monday.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Stefanie Dolson scored 14 points and Breanna Stewart added 13 to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a 63-48 victory over No. 9 Maryland on Monday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

Kelly Faris added eight points, eight steals, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Huskies (7-0). She helped hold Maryland All-America Alyssa Thomas to six points. Trailing by 13 at halftime, Maryland whittled its deficit down to seven before UConn scored eight consecutive points, including a 3-pointer by Brianna Banks and a three-point play by Bria Hartley. Kiah Stokes capped the run with a lay-in midway through the second half.

Maryland, which had a season-high 26 turnovers, couldn’t get within single digits the rest of the way.

Tianna Hawkins scored 14 points and freshman Chloe Pavlech added a season-high 10 to lead the Terps (4-2).

NO. 23 MIAMI 68,
ALCORN STATE 53

In Coral Gables, Fla., Suriya McGuire scored a career-high 13 points and Stefanie Yderstrom added 10 to help Miami rally and pull away from Alcorn State.

The Hurricanes recorded 18 steals and outshot Alcorn State 45.9 percent (28 of 61) to 31.3 percent (20 of 64).

STANFORD STILL AT TOP IN POLL

Stanford remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll, narrowly ahead of Connecticut.

The Cardinal had 22 first-place votes Monday, and UConn had 17. Baylor received the other one. Stanford easily won its two games this week, routing UC Davis and Gonzaga.

Duke and Notre Dame are fourth and fifth. The Irish host the Lady Bears on Wednesday night in a rematch of last season’s NCAA title game.

The Irish are followed by Georgia, Kentucky and Louisville. Penn State fell four spots to 10th after losing to Miami.

– Associated Press


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