The Maryland Terrapins had two players reach 1,000 career points in this season, it was center Brionna Jones that reached and passed the milestone with a 10 point, 12 rebound performance. The Terps weren’t the best of hosts Saturday afternoon, especially in the second half. In fact, Maryland took an 11 point halftime lead and cracked things wide open with a dominating stretch in the third quarter. Maryland got outstanding production from their bench en route to an 86-63 victory.
Indiana’s strong duo of Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill would finish the game with 13 and 14 points respectively, but that didn’t tell the whole story for the Hoosiers. Buss was literally the only Hoosier that was able to score with some type of consistency, Cahill really didn’t appear comfortable on that end of the floor until it was out of reach.
Early in the first half, it was clear that Maryland’s size bothered Indiana. Cahill and Jenn Anderson weren’t able to get quality looks inside with the swarming defense of Jones and Malina Howard. They were just too big and strong inside for the Hoosiers to have any success in the paint. Outside of Buss breaking down the defense off the bounce, Indiana struggled mightily at the rim.
Maryland’s first player to reach the 1,000 career points mark this season, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough got off to a great start. Rather take or settle for the outside shot, SWK attacked the basket with ferocity. The Hoosiers started the game in man-to-man defensively and they paid dearly for it, they would trail 23-10 after the opening stanza. Terps super sub Brene Moseley ended the quarter in spectacular fashion with a double-pump, layup at the buzzer.
Cahill didn’t get on the board for Indiana until the start of the second quarter, still her team was able to stay in it with Maryland turning the ball over at an alarming pace. The visitors switched to a zone defense and that helped them muck up the game a bit on the defensive end, Buss led a Hoosier charge that cut the lead to single digits.
Maryland responded, well Brene Moseley responded by scoring 11 consecutive points for Maryland at one point. She and Tierny Pfirman played big minutes for the Terps off of the bench. It was fun to watch Buss and Moseley go at it as they both possess a special quickness to go with their ball handling abilities. Brene loves to go to the euro-step in transition and she executed it perfectly in transition on one possession as Buss went to draw the charge. Moseley timed it just right where her euro allowed her to completely avoid Buss, it was a gorgeous move. Still, Indiana climbed back into it by outscoring Maryland 17-15 in the period to trail 38-27 at the break.
This is where the game changed, Maryland started the half very strong and the continued to attack their opponent in waves. It started by getting the ball inside to Bri Jones, she was carving out “Shaq” position and powering through contact to finish inside. While Indiana was trying to deal with Jones, other Terps took advantage of the added space and attacked. The home team pushed the lead to 31 at one point, a great example of a good team finding a groove. In one quarter they changed the entire flow of the game.
Maryland’s bench would score 47 of the team’s 86 points, allow that to sink in. That’s just 16 fewer points than the Hoosiers scored as a team. Moseley and Pfirman scored 16 and 10 points respectively, but that’s expected out of those two. There were others that contributed to the bench explosion, Kiara Leslie and Brianna Fraser combined for 10 points. Kiah Gillespie had a good outing as well, with nine points and four rebounds.
Maryland’s depth was on full display, truly a reminder of how much talent they have. Credit to the Hoosiers as they didn’t mail it in after that big run. They would continue to fight, outscoring Maryland 24-16 in the final period.
Both Jones and Walker-Kimbrough Juniors, which makes them both reaching 1,000 career points a bit more impressive. The Hoosiers have no reason to hold their heads low, they fought for 40 minutes which speaks volumes to their character as a team. The Terps move to 19-2 on the season, 8-1 in conference play.