Andrews Scores 20 as No. 20/17 Maryland Tops Illini

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Illinois women’s basketball team battled with No. 20/17 Maryland, before falling 79-60 on Thursday (Jan. 23) night in State Farm Center.

For the second-straight game, senior Ali Andrews led the Illini (10-9, 1-7) in scoring with 20 points on 8-of-15 from the floor, including a 4-for-9 mark from the three-point line, while adding five rebounds. Redshirt-junior Petra Holesínksá joined her in double figures with 14 points.

Freshman Jeanae Terry added another strong outing with team-highs of eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks, while senior Brandi Beasley also turned in seven points, four assists and three steals.

After the Terrapins (15-4, 6-2) scored the first 10 points of the game, the Illini answered back with a 7-0 run capped by an Andrews triple. UMD then came back with seven-unanswered points of their own to build a 20-9 lead, but a Beasley three early in the second quarter brought the Illini within six at 22-16. Another Holesínksá again brought the Illini within 29-23, but an 11-4 run to end the first half gave UM a 40-27 lead at the break.

Out of the half, Maryland pushed its advantage to 55-37, but the Illini battled as back-to-back treys from freshman Jada Peebles and Andrews closed the deficit to 55-43, but it would not be enough as the visitors went on for the 79-60 win.

Illinois has the week off before traveling to Piscataway, N.J., to take on Rutgers on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. CT in The RAC.

Team Notes

  • Illinois moves to 10-9 on the season and 1-7 in Big Ten play.
  • This is the first game of the season with a starting lineup of sophomore J-Naya Ephraim, senior Brandi Beasley, redshirt-junior Petra Holesínksá, sophomore Mackenzie Blazekand senior Ali Andrews.
  • The Illini held the Terripans to 37.8 percent (28-of-74) shooting from the field.
  • Illinois forced 21 Maryland turnovers.

Individual Notes

  • For the second-straight game, senior Ali Andrewsled the way for Illinois scoring with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor, including a 4-for-9 effort from beyond the arc, while also grabbing five rebounds.
  • It was Andrews’ eighth game of the season in double figures and the fifth game leading the Illini in scoring. It was also the senior’s second 20-point game of the season and the fourth of her career.
  • Andrews and redshirt-junior Petra Holesínksáare now tied for sixth all-time in career three-point field goals made with 140 treys. Andrews went 4-of-9, and Holesínksá shot 2-for-2 against Maryland.
  • Holesínksá also reached double-digits scoring with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting on the night.
  • Redshirt-sophomore Nancy Panagiotopoulou Andritsopouloumade her debut for the Illini after entering in the first quarter with 3:10 on the clock. She scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in 11 minutes.
  • Freshman Jeanae Terryhad another strong outing with a career-high eight rebounds and six assists to go along with three steals and two blocks – all of which were team highs on the night.