Benzan leads No. 8 Maryland past Iowa 111-93

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Iowa guard Gabbie Marshall, right, shoots a basket against Maryland guard Katie Benzan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland’s Katie Benzan continuously juked defenders before stepping back and making shots from 3-point range.

On the other side of the court, Iowa’s Caitlin Clark also routinely converted her attempts from beyond the arc.

It was a mesmerizing performance by both players, but in the end, the ninth-ranked Terrapins had more firepower.

Benzan broke her school record with nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to lead eighth-ranked Maryland to a 111-93 victory over Iowa on Tuesday.

Clark was equally impressive and made nine shots from beyond the arc, one shy of a program record, and scored 29 of her 34 points in the first half. Clark has scored 30 or more points nine times, the most in NCAA women’s basketball.

“Caitlin Clark is the best freshman in the country,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “If you can go against a top 10 program like us — and we did everything we could do to stop her — and to get 34 points says it all. She was a difficult matchup for us.”

The Terrapins’ 68 first-half points were the most scored in Big Ten history.

Diamond Miller had 27 points and Ashley Owusu added 24 points and 12 assists for the Terrapins (17-2, 13-1 Big Ten).