BLOOMINGTON, IN — No. 9 Maryland fought hard all game in a tough defensive battle between two top ten teams, but came up just short in the end, falling 68-61 to No. 6 Indiana.
After being behind the entire half, the Terps made a big run in the fourth quarter and a Diamond Mueller Lay-up tied the game at 50 with 6:12 left to play. However, Indiana immediately responded with a 9-0 run and Maryland could never get closer than five the rest of the way.
Miller came alive in the second half, scoring 15 of her game-strong 19 points in the final 20 minutes to lead the way for the Terps. She also snagged a team high with six rebounds. Brine Alexander scored 15 points off the bench, including three threes. Abby Meyers added nine points and four boards.
Maryland fell to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten, while Indiana advanced to 15-1 in the season and 5-1 in conference play. The Terps forced the Hoosiers into 19 turnovers while racking up 10 steals.
Breakdown of the action
- The two sides traded buckets in a first quarter that saw six leadership changes. The Terps came out with a balanced offensive attack when six Maryland players scored in the frame, led by five from out Shyanne sellerand the Terps led 20-19 by one.
- The Hoosiers went up 35-27 as Maryland struggled to score for large portions of the corner. Brine Alexander converted a pair of layups to break a long Maryland drought and keep the terps within striking distance. Alexander had a team-high seven points at halftime.
- Indiana opened up a 10-point advantage midway through the third quarter for their biggest lead of the night, but the Terps responded by forcing four turnovers in a 2:09 span to come back within five. Indiana led 48:42 into the last ten minutes.
- Miller (10) and Alexander (five) combined for the first 15 Maryland points of the fourth quarter while the Terps stubbornly held out until the end.
1,000 point update
- Miller remains ranked 26th in the Maryland career standings 1,335. She is chasing No. 25 Stephanie Cross, who scored 1,349 points from 1995-98.
- Meyers now has 1,189 points in her career with 947 in her three seasons at Princeton before joining the Terps this season.
- Lavender Briggswho passed the 1,000 point mark in Maryland’s game against Notre Dame now has 1,070 in total. She scored 961 in Florida.
- Alexander is nearing the 1,000 point threshold as she has 991 career points, including 841 with Vanderbilt.
- Elisa Pinzan also chases 1,000 points like she did 981, for her career. She had 916 points in South Florida.
Two digit update
- With a gaming high With 19 points this season, Miller hit double digits for the 15th time in 16 games played. She has scored 10 points or more 70 times in her career.
- Alexander scored 12 points, marking her seventh time this season in double digits and 47th overall.
- The Terps will host Rutgers on Sunday, January 15 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on B1G+.