The Washington Post Sunday

Fraser powers Terrapins past Dukes

Senior comes off bench, helps Terps stay perfect


Maryland Coach Brenda Frese says Brianna Fraser can come off the bench and take her team to another level.

The senior forward rewarded her coach’s confidence by delivering one of her best games.

Fraser tied a career high with 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading the No. 7 Terrapins past James Madison, 87-63, on Saturday in College Park.

“I think that’s the best game of her career that she played today,” Frese said. “I’m excited about what’s going to follow. I just want her to understand how valuable she is and how she makes us better.”

Kaila Charles also had 24 points with nine rebounds for the Terrapins (9-0), who never trailed in the game. Taylor Mikesell made four three-pointers and finished with 16 points.

The Terps’ frontcourt was dominant, outscoring James Madison 42-22 in the paint.

Kamiah Smalls finished with 18 points and has led the Dukes (6-2) in scoring seven times this season. Freshman guard Madison Green scored in double figures for the first time, finishing with 17 points.

“We’re trying to test ourselves,” James Madison Coach Sean O’Regan said. “We don’t come in here, and this is no disrespect to Maryland, to give it the old college try. We come in here to win.”

Maryland was out of sync early in the opening quarter with several errant passes and four turnovers. Once the Terps settled down, they were able to take control, and a layup by Fraser capped a 17-4 run that provided a 28-15 lead.

The Dukes, who had a threegame winning streak snapped, tried to shoot themselves back into the game but struggled from three-point range, going 7 for 20.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 76, GEORGETOWN 65: Elissa Cunane equaled her career high with 23 points, DD Rogers had a career-high 20 rebounds, and the No. 10 Wolfpack beat the Hoyas at McDonough Arena.

Kiara Leslie added 18 points as the Wolfpack improved to 10-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

Georgetown (5-5) was led by Dionna White, who had a seasonhigh 25 points. Dorothy Adomako matched her season high with 18 points. Mikayla Venson added 16.

Georgetown took a 32-25 lead on a jumper by White with 7:02 left in the second quarter, but N.C. State scored 14 unanswered points and closed the half on a 16-2 run.

Bison men hold off Eagles

Howard’s trio of Chad Lott, RJ Cole and Charles Williams teamed up to score 65 points, and the Bison made 6 of 8 free throws in the final 27 seconds to fend off American, 85-83, at Burr Gymnasium.

Lott scored 24 points on 9-for13 shooting for Howard (6-3). Cole finished with 21 points, tied his career high with 10 assists for his second double-double and added seven rebounds. Williams scored 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting.

Sam Iorio knocked down 5 of 9 shots from three-point range and scored 24 to top the Eagles (5-3). Sa’eed Nelson sank 13 of 14 free throws and scored 23 points.

VALPARAISO 82, GEORGE WASHINGTON 79: Bakari Evelyn scored 27 points on 10-for-15 shooting with a career-high six three-pointers, Ryan Fazekas also made six threes and finished with 22 points, and the Crusaders edged the Colonials at Smith Center.

The Colonials (2-8) tied it at 74 on Terry Nolan Jr.’s three-pointer with 3:31 left, but Fazekas made two three-pointers and the Crusaders (6-4) led 80-75 with 2:21 remaining. George Washington closed to 80-78 on Maceo Jack’s three-pointer, but Fazekas made two free throws with 17 seconds left. Nolan missed 2 of 3 from the line in the final 11 seconds.

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