Bloomington, Indiana-Ali Patberg scored 18 points, Alexa Gulbe and Mackenzie Holmes each had double-doubles, No. 8 Indiana in overtime on Sunday China defeated sixth-ranked Maryland 70-63. This was the first victory in a 12-game series.
With 3 minutes left in the game, Indiana led by 9 points, and then Maryland led 8-0. Ashley Owusu of Maryland completed a reverse layup with 58 seconds left in the game. Nicole Cardano-Hillary, who made 56% of his free throws, made two free throws. Indiana led 61-59. . Owusu used a high screen and opened the ball to tie the score with 19.4 seconds left in the game. Indiana hit the final goal, but Grace Berger’s free throw line jumper missed at the buzzer.
Indiana missed two free throws with 41.6 seconds left in overtime to lead 67-63, but Maryland failed to take the lead. The next time a possession error made two three-pointers, Patberg made one of two free throws and took the lead. Five points.
Maryland missed seven shots in overtime, becoming the 13th opponent Indiana to score less than 70 points this season (11-2, 3-0 top ten).
Gulbe had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Holmes had 15 points and 14 rebounds. Cardano-Hillary and Berger each scored 9 points, because the Indians’ two substitute players only scored 2 points. All five Indiana starters played at least 40 minutes, and Patberg and Berger played the entire game.
Angelis had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Maryland team (10-4, 2-1). Due to a sore right knee, Diamond Miller played only 3 of the first 13 games in Maryland. He scored 17 points, Owusu scored 10 points and made 4 of 13 shots.
Reese scored a game-high 13 points in the first half, but she picked up a second foul with 3:43 left in the game and walked to the bench. Indiana scored 6 points in a row. Although Maryland’s shooting percentage was 52%, the Indians still led 33-29 at halftime because the Turtles made 11 turnovers.
Terps is one of the nation’s highest-scoring offenses, averaging 82.8 points per game, ranking eighth in the nation, but only had 16 field goal attempts and 16 turnovers in the middle of the game against Indiana in the fourth quarter. Maryland’s field goal percentage was 58 shots and 21 shots (36.2%).
Maryland has won 15 consecutive games against the top ten teams, including three victories in the conference tournament on January 28, 2021.
Indiana played in Wisconsin on Wednesday. Maryland hosts Penn State University on Thursday. Due to the COVID-19 agreement in the Scarlet Knights program, the Indians’ game at Rutgers University on December 30 was postponed for the first game 10 days later. After the ten major matchup with Illinois was postponed, Maryland ushered in a 12-day break.
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