COLLEGE PARK — Alyssa Thomas scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help No. 8 Maryland outlast Drexel 69-63 on Monday night.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 10 of her 12 points for Maryland (5-1) after halftime to help the Terrapins survive an exceptional second-half effort from the Dragons (2-3).
Brene Moseley added five of her eight points in the final two minutes to help the Terps assure itself of a three-game win streak ahead of a weekend trip to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout.
The Terps’ only loss this season came to top-ranked Connecticut at home on Nov. 15.
Alexis Smith scored 19 points and Sarah Curran added 16 points for Drexel (2-3), both career highs for the pair of freshmen.
The Dragons hit seven of 12 3-pointers in the second half to claw back into the game, but fell to consecutive losses for the first time in their first game against a ranked opponent this year.
Drexel won last year’s WNIT, but lost more than two-thirds of its scoring with departed seniors Hollie Mershon and Taylor Wootton.
Down 34-18 before halftime, the Dragons cut Maryland’s lead to seven three times early in the second half, closed to within four for a second time when Creighton’s 3-pointer from the top of the key made it 58-54, and were within 60-57 after Abby Redick hit a pair of free throws.
Thomas answered with a leaning jumper off the glass, and after Smith’s running layup cut it to 62-59, Brene Moseley hit an outside jumper, and Thomas and Mosely each sank a pair of freethrows to stretch it back to 68-59 with just more than a minute remaining.
Drexel made one final push, with Curran hitting a layup off an inbounds play and Carrie Alexander adding a basket off a late steal to cut it to 68-63 with just seconds to play.
But Moseley hit another foul shot late, and Drexel ran out of time for its improbable comeback bid.