The Maryland Terrapins came back from a 13-point second-half deficit to tie the game with five minutes to play, but Vicki Link scored seven of Penn State's final nine points to lead the 16th-ranked Nittany Lions to a 58-53 college basketball victory last night before 178 at Cole Field House.

Link scored a game-high 28 points to help Penn State improve its record to 8-3. Maryland is 8-4.

Maryland outrebounded the Nittnay Lions, 37-24, but shot only 40 percent from the field. Chequita Wood, who missed the last three games with a knee injury and shot 33 percent, scored 16 points to lead the Terrapins. Carolin Dehn-Duhr had 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Point guard Deana Tate, who had been averaging 20 points, finished with six.

Link, a 6-foot-2 forward, was the only Penn State player in double figures. "The post people have been calling for the ball more," said Link. "Now, we're cutting into the open. We're not as rigid in our offense."

Said Wood: "They were roaming some on the base line, and we had to watch them. Then Link would come into the middle and score."

Penn State led, 45-32, with a little more than 10 minutes to play when Lisa Faloon made a 15-footer. The Terrapins, however, scored seven straight points, the last two when point guard Chris Vera, Tate's replacement, drove the lane and passed off to Wood for a layup.