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BALTIMORE—Kaila Charles came up with a career-high 36 points for Maryland in the Big Ten women’s championship game in Indianapolis on March 10 but that wasn’t enough to stop Iowa.
Despite Charles’ big effort, No. 8 Maryland came up short. That’s because No. 10 Iowa got 45 points and 10 rebounds from Megan Gustafson and pulled away late for a 90-76 victory over the Terrapins at Indianapolis.
The Terrapins just could not find a way to stop Gustafson, especially inside, as she kept getting the ball down low and making moves to score points.
Iowa held a 51-45 halftime lead despite Charles scoring 16 points in the second quarter alone.
The Terrapins then pulled even at 53 early in the half but Iowa bounced back with a 16-7 run to close out in third quarter which gave the Hawkeyes command.
Also for Maryland, Blair Watson finished with eight points and seven rebounds, and Channise Lewis handed out 11 assists and scored five points.
Charles scored 79 points during Maryland’s three games (26.3 per game in the tournament) and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Maryland finished up with a 28-3 record through the tournament and now needs to wait a week before finding out where it will be going in the NCAA Tournament. That news will come down Monday, March 18, starting at 7 p.m.
BOWIE STATE WOMEN’S B-BALL RETURNS TO NCAAs
The Bowie State University women’s basketball team heads back to the NCAA Division II Championships for the second consecutive season.
It was announced on March 10 that the Bulldogs finished 22-5 and earned the No. 6 seed in the Atlantic Region. Bowie State is going to face No. 3 seed Indiana (Pa.) in the first game of tournament.
This Atlantic Region will be hosted by No. 1 seed Glenville (W.Va.) State and starts on March 15.
The second round takes place the following night with the championship set for Monday, March 18; the winner moves on to the Elite 8 in Columbus, Ohio.
MD JUCO PICKS PGCC’S MORALES AS PLAYER OF YEAR
Prince George’s Community College men’s basketball team’s Alex Morales was named the Maryland JUCO player of the year. The conference announced on March 6.
Morales was a dynamic force who lead the Owls throughout his two years with the team. He ended up with 914 points, 592 rebounds, 239 assists, 137 steals and 41 blocks during his PGCC career.
He finished with 17 games of at least 20 points scored and scored in double figures in 45 of the 54 games he played in.
This season, Morales posted 20 double-doubles. Fifteen of his last 16 games were double-doubles, and he ended up with 28 overall in his PGCC career.
He also was named the 2017 Maryland JUCO Tournament Most Valuable Player and the 2018 NJCAA Division III Region XX MVP.