No. 5 Maryland (19-2 overall, 8-1 Big Ten) used a huge third quarter to break away from Indiana (13-9 overall, 5-5 Big Ten) and extend its Big Ten record to 8-1, to stay tied atop the conference standings tied with Ohio State. The Terps outscored the Hoosiers by 20 in the third quarter en route to an 86-63, victory at the Xfinity Center. Here are a few takeaways from Saturday’s game.
Malina Howard, Brionna Jones and Kiah Gillespie wore down the Hoosiers on Saturday. Maryland had ten more rebounds than Indiana and shot 53% from the field. Those numbers were a direct result of the attention the Maryland bigs commanded. Indiana was forced to compensate for its lack of size(well girth) with double teams and Maryland did a great job of moving the ball from side to side to find open looks and easy points in the paint.
Maryland has to take better care of the ball
Indiana is a middle of the pack team in the Big Ten and Maryland is supposedly a Final Four contender, but the Terrapins were sloppy with the ball on Saturday. Maryland finished with 16 turnovers to Indiana’s 12. What was more concerning was that the turnovers were spread throughout the team, out of the 12 players who played, nine had at least one turnover.
Brene Moseley is a great change of pace guard
Chloe Pavlech is the senior facilitator, who puts her team in the right situations and looks to set others up. Moseley comes off the bench and provides a needed contrast for the second unit. I love how she pushes the pace in transition and looks to find her own shot. Moseley had four rebounds on Saturday, which allowed her to ignite the transition game right after grabbing the board, before the defense could set up. She finished with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and one block.
Brionna Jones reaches 1,000th point
The junior center reached the 1,000 point milestone in the second half. Jones was reduced to passing the ball around to her teammates in the first half and was held scoreless. But in the second half, Indiana chose to give Jones more looks and she responded with ten points.