COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Notre Dame had just won a close game on the road to remain unbeaten, yet Irish coach Muffet McGraw wore a disgusted look on her face.
Thats because second-ranked Notre Dame lost a 22-point lead and had to scramble to salvage an 87-83 win over No. 8 Maryland on Monday night.
If its possible to be disappointed after a (win), Id say thats how Im feeling right now, McGraw said. I thought we completely lost our poise, which is so unusual for us.
Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 31 points and Kayla McBride had 20 for the Irish, who previously hadnt yielded more than 76 points in a game.
We made some big shots when we had to. We certainly werent going to get any stops, McGraw said. That was the only way we were going to win, to outscore them.
The Irish (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) appeared on their way to another easy victory after building a 41-19 lead late in the first half. But Maryland (16-3, 4-2) stormed back behind senior star Alyssa Thomas to go up 64-63 with 10 minutes left.
Notre Dame answered with a 10-2 run and the Terrapins never got even after that.
No. 19 PURDUE 80, ILLINOIS 68: In Champaign, Ill., Courtney Moses led the Boilermakrs balanced scoring attack in the win.
KK Houser added 17 points and six assists for Purdue (15-5, 5-3 Big Ten). April Wilson had 15 and eight rebounds and Snider grad Liza Clemons scored 13.
Purdue will be host to No. 12 Penn State, which sits atop the conference, on Thursday. The Boilermakers beat the Nittany Lions 84-74 on Jan. 12.
Illinois pulled within 56-54 midway through the second half after two consecutive baskets by Jacqui Grant. Then Purdue went on a 12-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Moses with 6:26 left, and the Boilermakers led by double digits from the 5-minute mark on.
No. 17 DUKE 80, No. 18 PITTSBURGH 65: In Pittsburgh, Jabari Parker scored 21 points, and reserve guard Andre Dawkins added 20 as the Blue Devils pulled away in the second half to win their fifth straight.
Amile Jefferson chipped in a season-high 14 points for the Blue Devils (17-4, 6-2 ACC). Duke made 13 of 25 three-point attempts, including four during a 15-3 run midway through the second half that broke open a tight game.
Lamar Patterson had 14 points for the Panthers (18-3, 6-2) who fell to 12-1 at home.