Michigan State's Aerial Powers (23) goes up for a shot under the basket against Maryland's Kiara Leslie (2), Laurin Mincy, right, and Brionna Jones, rear, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in East Lansing, Mi
Al Goldis
February 16, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Maryland coach Brenda Frese knew her team was fortunate to leave Michigan State with another victory.

Brionna Jones scored 17 points, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Laurin Mincy had 15 and the nation's No. 5 team escaped with a 75-69 win on Monday night.

Lexie Brown had 14 points and Tierney Pfirman added 11 for the balanced Terrapins (23-2, 14-0 Big Ten).

''It wasn't one of our better performances,'' Frese said of Maryland's 17th win in a row, dating back to Dec. 3. ''But I was pleased with the way we were able to hang in there and get a very difficult road win. All the credit goes to Michigan State. Aerial Powers is really a phenomenal player.''

Powers scored 18 points for the Spartans (12-14, 4-11) but was 8-for-21 from the field and missed six of seven free throws. Tori Jankoska and Becca Mills each had 14 points and Cara Miller had 10.

Michigan State led by a point with less than 10 minutes left but couldn't make enough shots down the stretch to turn a scare into a shocker.

''I thought we had them on the run most of the game,'' Spartans coach Suzy Merchant said. ''Even down seven at the half, I liked what we were doing. It's stating the obvious, but the free throw line killed us.''

Maryland shot 46 percent from the field to Michigan State's 40 percent and had a 46-32 rebound advantage. But if the Spartans had converted more than seven free throws in 18 attempts or made a third of their open looks, the Terrapins might have had a loss instead of their second-closest win this season.

Lexi Gussert tied the game at 42 with a 3-pointer, and Mills put the Spartans up 44-42 with a layup a minute later. Maryland answered with a jumper by Walker-Kimbrough as the shot clock expired and a free throw by Jones. After Powers connected inside, Pfirman gave made it a three-point lead with two baskets.

Trailing 49-46, Michigan State answered with a corner 3 from Miller. And a flagrant elbow by Walker-Kimbrough allowed Jankoska to put the Spartans up 50-49 with a free throw. It was the last time they led.

Brown, Jones and Walker-Kimbrough took over from there with eight straight points. After a layup by Miller, Walker-Kimbrough's three-point play gave the Terrapins a 60-52 cushion. A basket by Pfirman and a free throw by Jones made it an 11-point game.

''I just wanted us to keep our poise and composure,'' Frese said. ''We knew Michigan State would play extremely hard. And a win like that will help us in the post-season. And win in a tough environment only makes you better.''

TIP-INS:

Maryland: The Terrapins, No. 4 in the nation in field goal percentage and No. 5 in scoring, came up short of those season averages. They won with a 28-15 edge on the defensive board and by shooting 30 percent better at the foul line, making up for 18 turnovers.

Michigan State: Powers came into the game with 19 double-doubles, second-most in the nation, and had 12 in her last 15 games. But she managed just six rebounds and only two at the defensive end. That was a major reason the Spartans grabbed just 15 of the Terrapins' 33 missed shots.

UP NEXT:

Maryland visits Wisconsin Thursday night.

Michigan State hosts Rutgers Sunday afternoon.

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