INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ashley Owusu did a bit of everything for Maryland before taking over the game offensively in the fourth quarter.
Owusu, a sophomore guard and unanimous All-Big Ten selection, delivered team highs of 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead No. 7 Maryland to an 83-73 victory over Nebraska on Thursday in the quarterfinals of Big Ten women’s basketball tournament.
Owusu sank 10 of 11 free throws, including all seven in the final quarter to help the top-seeded Terrapins pull away. She scored 13 in the fourth quarter.
“Ashley was tremendous,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “She nearly had a triple double. She was a facilitator in the first half and then really understands when the team needs a bucket. Then she did what Ashley does. She wants to make the big play, whether it’s a score or an assist.”
“Coach (Amy Williams) told us to play with no fear and don’t back down,” Haiby said. “I thought we did that.”
Frese said it was good to get a close game because that is what is going happen in the NCAA Tournament.
“Welcome to March,” Frese said. “The game looked and felt a lot different.”
Nebraska: The Cornhuskers showed some promise in the tournament, battling Maryland the entire way and avenging two losses to Minnesota with a 72-61 victory Wednesday in the second round. Haiby, a second team All-Big Ten selection, topped the 1,000-point career mark during the game. She needed 16 points entering the game.
Maryland: The Terrapins are aiming for their seven straight appearance in the Big Ten Tournament championship game. Maryland won from 2015-17, lost in 2018-19 and won in 2020.
Nebraska: Evened its record to 12-12 in perhaps its final game of the season, barring a postseason bid in WNIT.
Maryland: Will face Northwestern-Michigan winner in Friday’s semifinals.
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