After tough losses to UConn and Ohio State, the Terrapins have found their rhythm and Northwestern was standing in their way of their fourth straight victory. Sophomore Kristen Confroy made it her mission to deliver a victory with a team record eight three-pointers. Those eight treys tied Katie Rutan, Kristi Toliver and Tiffany Brown. Confroy seemed unconscious from beyond the arc and Maryland found her more often than not, Senior guard Brene Moseley came off the bench contributing 17 points and 7 assists.
The game started off with a great start from Maryland, the home team got going courtesy of a 7-0 run within the first two minutes of the game. After Northwestern began to find a little rhythm, Coach Brenda Frese inserted Moseley to spark the team and she did just that. Whether it was leading the fast break, dishing the assist or making whatever shot was necessary. Her energy was the boost Maryland needed as they jumped out to a 26-13 first quarter lead.
Northwestern was off the whole game (36% FG for the game including 11% from deep) and it showed as they started each quarter cold. While they couldn’t start any quarter well, they created turnovers which kept them in contention.
The Wildcats were led by Nia Coffey (19 points,9 rebounds) and Maggie Lyon. They tried to stage a rally with a 8-0 run. Throughout the season, Maryland has shown the ability to lock in on both ends of the floor. Proving why they have been to back-to-back Final Fours. With the lead cut to eight (38-30), the Terps scored six points in the last minute to take momentum into the half.
Northwestern started the third quarter with two quick buckets, then Confroy and Moseley took over. They scored or assisted on seven of the eight field goals made in the quarter. Everything was going right for Maryland in the quarter except for Northwestern guard Ashley Deary who hit a half court buzzer beater to end it.
In the fourth period, it was sloppy play from both sides with a high volume of turnovers. In the end, Maryland made enough plays to ensure victory. Coach Brenda Frese acknowledged how important Moseley and Confroy were to Maryland’s success in this game. “I thought Brene Moseley and Kristen Confroy were sensational today. It was so much fun to be able to watch Kristen shoot the ball with that much confidence. Big difference for us, it really opened up the offense, go them out of the zone. Northwestern’s a great team. They’re very scrappy and pesky. Just a great win for us.”