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Women's basketball falls below .500 on the season with 85-56 loss to Maryland

January 23, 2015
<p>Sophomore guard Aerial Powers signals to her teammates Jan. 18, 2015, during the game against Iowa at Breslin Center. The Spartans were defeated by the Hawkeyes, 52-50. Erin Hampton/The State News</p>

Sophomore guard Aerial Powers signals to her teammates Jan. 18, 2015, during the game against Iowa at Breslin Center. The Spartans were defeated by the Hawkeyes, 52-50. Erin Hampton/The State News

Photo by Erin Hampton | The State News

The women’s basketball (9-10 overall, 1-7 Big Ten) team could not outscore No. 7 Maryland, losing 85-56 on Thursday night.

Redshirt sophomore Aerial Powers scored 28 points, half of the Spartans’ score. Powers also set a new career-high with nine offensive rebounds.

The road loss drops the Spartans' road record to 1-5.

Although there was a 29-point gap at the closing of the game, MSU only lagged behind by three points at a little over five minutes left in the first half.

MSU played at a slower pace than normal, being patient with passes and plays. Head coach Suzy Merchant also played the starting lineup of senior Becca Mills, senior Anna Morrissey, junior Cara Miller, Powers and sophomore Tori Jankoska.

This was MSU’s third game of the season against a top-10 team. The team previously lost to No. 9 Baylor and No. 3 Notre Dame.

The Terrapins now lead the all-time series 3-0, with this being the first time the two teams have met as members of the Big Ten.

The Spartans’ next game will be against Wisconsin on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Breslin Center.

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