COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland kept firing away, and the ball kept clanging off the rim.
By the time the final buzzer mercifully sounded, the No. 13 Terrapins had missed an astounding 73 shots in a 78-69 loss to Boston College on Thursday night.
Maryland (13-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) went 28 for 85 from the field, including 1 for 20 from 3-point range, and made only 12 of 28 free throws. After taking an eight-point halftime lead, the Terrapins were outscored 51-34 over the final 20 minutes.
“I’m not sure what we did well in this game from an offensive end or a defensive end,” coach Brenda Frese said. “We picked a tough night for everyone to have a bad night in ACC play.”
Stefanie Murphy scored 17 points, Carolyn Swords and Jaclyn Thoman each had 13, and Boston College (14-3, 1-1) won despite committing 22 turnovers and being outrebounded 53-45.
The Eagles opened the second half with an 18-2 run to go up 45-37, and Maryland never recovered.
“We really tightened up on defense and getting our rebounds,” Swords said. “I think we felt a lot more calm and worked the ball around. It was really nice to go out there and get off to a good start.”
Boston College has won two in a row against Maryland after losing the first 10 games between the teams.
“Maryland is a fun team to play because they’re so talented, so getting a good win like this really feels great,” Swords said.
Lynetta Kizer had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Alyssa Thomas added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Terps. But Maryland missed as many shots (57) as Boston College attempted.
“All the credit goes to B.C.,” Frese said. “They came in here and outworked us and out-toughed us. They played with a tremendous sense of pride and confidence.”
Murphy scored six points and Kerri Shields chipped in with a pair of 3-pointers in the 18-2 run that brought the Eagles back from a 35-27 halftime deficit.
It was 55-47 before Maryland’s Alicia DeVaughn hit a jumper and Kim Rodgers sank the Terrapins’ only 3-pointer of the game. Thomas then hit a jumper, but a minute later she missed two free throws that would have given Maryland the lead.
Soon after that, Maryland forward Diandra Tchatchouang misfired on the front end of a 1-and-1. Swords then made two free throws on the opposite end to make it 59-54 with 5:18 left.
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