Sloppy Play: It could have a combination of nerves or rust from not playing a game in almost two weeks because the ball movement of the Lady Terps was subpar. Playing a game in which you end up with 19 turnovers, foul trouble from Brene Moseley and Brionna Jones and a uphill battle to beat a 15 seed is not ideal. We will see if this carries into their next matchup against Washington on Monday night.
Resilience: Led by Brene Moseley, Malina Howard and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, when things got tough for Maryland, they made the plays to ensure a victory. This shows that under any circumstance whether a blowout win by 30 or a nail biting finish that their leadership will help lead them to victory.
The Boards: With this game being very defensive on both ends, the rebounding was key in this game. Maryland finished with 42 rebounds including 10 offensive rebounds, while Iona had 25 rebounds including 13 offensive rebounds. With both teams having double digit offensive rebounds, that led to 27 2nd chance points from both teams (15 from UMD and 12 from Iona).
Shatori’s Free Throws: What separates the great from the rest is their ability to affect the game even when the shots are not falling. Shatori was 4-9 from the field but going 10-10 in free throws allowed her with a team high of 19 points. Having the ability to help the team win without having an A+ shooting performance may be crucial as this team chases a third straight final four appearance and a possible title.
Impressive: I never had a chance to watch Iona play but Joy Adams and Philecia Gilmore are straight dogs on the court. Their heart, hustle and demeanor to fight was very commendable. It may have been their first appearance in school history but it won’t be their last.