They gave it away in regulation, but the IU women got it done in overtime to secure their first-ever win over Maryland.
The No. 8 Hoosiers had a 60-51 lead with 3:05 left in the fourth quarter, but Maryland closed regulation on a 10-1 run to force the extra session.
Indiana (11-2, 3-0) played solid defense throughout and held the Terrapins to just two points in overtime to pull away, 70-63 in front of 5,500 fans at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Maryland made just 36.2 percent of their shots for the game and committed 19 turnovers.
“I’m just so happy for our kids,” head coach Teri Moren said after the game. “I thought we were terrific defensively, we got the lead there before overtime, had a couple miscues turning the ball over. But, I thought we had an opportunity to come out in overtime and get the win.
“Give our kids credit we controlled the pace, we wanted the game to be in the 60s. We controlled the tempo, that’s what our goal was and I thought our kids executed the game plan almost near-perfect, except for the turnovers toward the end. I thought other than that, they did a really nice job and in overtime I thought they were terrific.”
Ali Patberg led IU with 18 points, while Aleksa Gulbe added 17 and Mackenzie Holmes pitched in 15. Holmes led IU with 14 rebounds.
It was all Indiana to begin the fourth quarter play as the Hoosiers went on a 7-0 run to force Maryland to call a timeout. The Hoosiers saw buckets from Holmes and Patberg. Indiana saw its largest lead of the afternoon, 56-47, with a jumper from Gulbe. But the Terps wouldn’t go away quietly, tying it at 61 in the closing minutes. IU couldn’t get a bucket to fall from Grace Berger at the buzzer to end regulation.
Holmes got the offense going in the first overtime period and put the Hoosiers on top. Berger followed it with a make and the defense took care of the rest.
Indiana was 0-11 against Maryland coming into the game. The two programs are the favorites to compete for the Big Ten title. The win moves IU to 3-0 in the league.
- Indiana extended their winning streak to six games this season and have won their last 12 Big Ten games.
- Indiana won its third game of the season against a ranked team. The Hoosiers played their fifth game against a ranked opponent this season and their third game against a top-10 ranked team.
- No opponent has scored more than 70 points against Indiana this season.
- Maryland came into the game averaging 82.8 points per game and the Hoosiers held them to 63 points.
- The Hoosiers defense did not allow Maryland a field goal in overtime.
- Holmes notched her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
- Gulbe recorded her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
- The Hoosiers starters scored 68 of the teams 70 points.
Indiana travels to Wisconsin on Wednesday night. Tipoff at Kohl Center is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
The Daily Hoosier –“Where Indiana fans assemble when they’re not at Assembly”
- Find us on Facebook: thedailyhoosier
- You can follow us on Twitter: @daily_hoosier
- Seven ways to support completely free IU coverage at no cost to you.