DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ashley Owusu did what every guard loves to do when the transition game is flourishing: She crashed the boards.
The Maryland freshman had career highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds as the ninth-ranked Terrapins routed Belmont 90-26 Saturday to conclude their stay at the Daytona Beach Invitational.
Kaila Charles, last season’s Big Ten Player of the Year, scored a season-high 20 points as Maryland (7-1) won its sixth straight and held a Belmont team that’s been to two consecutive NCAA tournaments to the fewest points for a Terrapins opponent since Wagner scored 24 on Nov. 16, 2014.
Cam Browning led Belmont (3-4) with six points.
Maryland’s vaunted defense forced 28 turnovers, fueling its offense with Owusu leading the charge. The Terrapins scored 39 points off turnovers and went on a 42-0 run that spanned 14 minutes in the second half.
“It all started with the defense,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “Ashley ran the floor great and was so unselfish.”
One day after managing six points in a win over Clemson, Owusu delighted in her first career double-double.
“Coming into the game, I was focused on the rebounding,” Owusu said. “I was just alert in transition. If a defender steps up, I can get the ball to my teammates or I can just get it to the basket.”
Charles was 9 of 14 from the field in 20 minutes of action.
“It was easy points because everyone is sharing the ball,” Charles said. “Makes the game more fun.”
Diamond Miller added 12 points and Stephanie Miller scored 11 as the Terps’ defense set the tone early. Belmont missed its first seven field-goal attempts and was 1 of 15 from the field as Maryland led 12-3 after the first quarter. It was 37-17 at halftime.
Maryland was 11 of 17 from the field in the third quarter and outscored Belmont 28-3. The Bruins’ scoreless drought continued until Browning made a layup with 4:40 remaining.
Ellie Harmeyer, the Bruins’ leading scorer, left the game after taking an elbow to the face midway through the second quarter.
Louisville 72, Oregon 62
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — No. 8 Louisville handed top-ranked Oregon its first loss of the season, getting 18 points and 15 rebounds from Kylee Shook in a victory Saturday in the Paradise Jam tournament.
Dana Evans scored 17 points, Elizabeth Balogun had 11 points and Jazmine Jones scored 10 for the Cardinals (8-0) to claim the tournament’s Island Division title and give coach Jeff Walz a signature win.
Satou Sabally scored 21 points to lead four players in double figures for the Ducks (6-1), who led by as many as 11 points early before Louisville took control.
Minyon Moore added 15 points, Sabrina Ionescu scored 13 and Ruthy Hebard had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon, which trailed by nine points entering the fourth quarter.
The Ducks managed to close within six points twice, the last at 66-60 on Ionescu’s 3-pointer with 1:32 left. Evans and Jones made 6 of 6 free throws to give Louisville some breathing room down the stretch.
Oregon St. 68, Liberty 55
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Kennedy Brown scored 16 points, and No. 7 Oregon State had to rally in the second half to beat Liberty and give coach Scott Rueck his 500th career win.
Not that many got to see Rueck’s milestone at the Miami Thanksgiving Classic. The arena was almost completely empty, with perhaps no more than 50 fans in attendance.
Mikayla Pivec scored 14 and Aleah Goodman had 13 for the Beavers (7-0), who went on an 11-1 run in the second half to take the lead for good.
Ashtyn Baker scored 15 for Liberty (2-6), which has lost 29 consecutive games against ranked opponents.
UCLA 61, UCF 56
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Michaela Onyenwere scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and UCLA closed the game with a 15-3 run to rally past UCF at the Cavalier Classic.
The Bruins (6-0) were down 53-46 after Diamond Battles opened the fourth-quarter scoring with two free throws for the Knights (4-3).
Japreece Dean, who scored 19 points, opened a 9-0 surge with a 3-pointer and closed it with a layup that put UCLA up 55-53 at the 4:25 mark.
Sianni Martin led UCF with 22 points.
Michigan St. 65, Kansas St. 60
BIMINI, Bahamas (AP) — Nia Clouden scored 16 points, Shay Colley had 15 and Michigan State bounced back from its first loss of the season to beat Kansas State at the Junkanoo Jam.
The Spartans (6-1) rallied in the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run.
Freshman Ayoka Lee had 22 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks, all career highs, for Kansas State (3-3). Peyton Williams had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Indiana 78, Washington St. 44
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Ali Patberg and Brenna Wise scored 15 points each and Indiana pulled away from Washington State at the Paradise Jam tournament.
Mackenzie Holmes added 14 points and Jaelynn Penn had 11 for the Hoosiers (6-1), who overcame a slow start to lead by 17 points at the half, cruising from there.
Borislava Hristova scored 16 points for the Cougars (4-3).
Miami 80, Miami (Ohio) 62
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Beatrice Mompremier had 13 points to lead four Hurricanes in double figures, and Miami beat Miami (Ohio).
Sydnee Roby added 11 points and Taylor Mason and Mykea Gray 10 each as every Hurricane player scored with Miami (5-2) shooting 53%.
Peyton Scott scored a career-high 18 points for the RedHawks (4-4).
Notre Dame 67, South Florida 51
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Anaya Peoples scored 18 points, Destinee Walker added 17 and Notre Dame broke away after halftime to beat South Florida in the Cancun Challenge.
The Bulls came into the tournament at 5-1 but suffered three straight losses.
Holding a 25-24 lead at halftime, Notre Dame (5-4) scored 24 points in the third quarter to lead 49-37 heading into the final period. Peoples scored seven points in the final 4:24 of the third as the Irish closed on a 12-3 clip.
For the second consecutive game, Elena Tsineke led USF in scoring, putting in 12 points, but was 4-for-14.
Gonzaga 62, Middle Tennessee 50
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Jenn Wirth scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half to lead Gonzaga past Middle Tennessee in the Gulf Coast Showcase.
The Bulldogs (5-1) hit 10 of 14 shots and outscored the Lady Raiders 25-10 in the pivotal third quarter.
Anastasia Hayes had 20 points for the Lady Raiders (5-2) and Taylor Sutton had 11.