The No. 8 Terps by no means trailed Sunday, however their 62-50 victory in Evanston, Ill., was removed from the dominant performances they’ve put collectively of late. That simply is perhaps a good factor for them, although, as a result of factors have come so simply for the top-scoring workforce within the nation that there might be some worth in having to discover a completely different way to win. The Terps’ defense has picked up in latest video games, and the 50 factors they allowed had been a season low for the Wildcats.
“Road wins are precious. . . . This was not an easy game for us today,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese stated. “You can face a team like this in the NCAA tournament. This is why we love the fact that we’re going to have played everybody in Big Ten play, in case we see Northwestern again in the tournament. Just finding a response and especially on a night when we didn’t have our best game collectively as a team. Great teams find other ways.”
Maryland (19-2, 15-1 Big Ten) has two common season video games remaining to lock up the No. 1 seed within the Big Ten match and win a sixth common season title because it joined the league in 2014. The convention introduced Sunday that Maryland’s postponed Feb. 7 sport at No. 12 Michigan could be made up Thursday, giving the Terps one other shot at a notable win over a extremely ranked workforce. The NCAA’s Division I ladies’s basketball committee launched its high 16 rating Sunday and listed Maryland at No. 6. A win over Michigan and a potential run by the Big Ten match may bump Maryland up a seed line within the minds of committee members.
In the meantime, Maryland can safe the outright common season convention championship with wins in its ultimate two video games in opposition to Michigan on Thursday and in opposition to Penn State on Saturday. Second-place Indiana (16-4, 14-2) is a sport behind with video games remaining in opposition to Iowa and Purdue.
Against Northwestern, the Terrapins set a season low with their 62 factors. They started the day averaging 9.2 made three-pointers, twelfth most within the nation, however they had been 0 for 7 from three-point vary within the first half and completed simply 2 for 13.
They shot 39.7 % total and dedicated 14 turnovers, however the defense held the Wildcats to 30.2 % taking pictures total and an equivalent 2-for-13 mark from deep.
“We wanted to stop the penetration,” Maryland sophomore ahead Diamond Miller stated. “[Northwestern guard Veronica Burton] was doing a good job driving, and we wanted to stop her. We were just focusing and digging and playing Maryland defense to the best of our abilities.”
Maryland led simply 30-27 at halftime, however the Terps used a 9-0 run, together with 5 factors from sophomore ahead Mimi Collins, on the finish of the third quarter to lengthen the lead to 10. That proved an excessive amount of of a deficit for the Wildcats to overcome, and a pair of late Collins layups ended any hopes of a rally.
Collins posted the third double-double of her profession, ending with 18 factors and 10 rebounds as she dominated down low whereas the Northwestern defense did a good job limiting Maryland from the perimeter. Miller overcame a sluggish offensive begin to end with 17 factors and 10 rebounds. Katie Benzan hit a essential pull-up three after Northwestern had lower the lead to 49-45 halfway by the fourth quarter, then Miller had a highlight-reel layup as she Euro-stepped by three defenders and completed with her left hand to push the lead again up to 9.
Sophomore level guard Ashley Owusu had an off night time for Maryland however nonetheless had 10 factors, eight rebounds and 7 assists.
“It was an amazing night,” Collins stated. “But it was also just understanding that I have weapons on this team. We’re all 11 strong. Northwestern has great guards, and they were just trying to deny our guards, but we still kept on attacking. It just opened up for all the bigs inside, especially for me.
“It was just, basically, me having a field day. Plus, I don’t mind hitting people. I love it. I grew up with two older brothers. So me playing football and running into people all the time, that’s just my field day.”
Burton led Northwestern with 15 factors and 7 rebounds, whereas Lindsey Pulliam chipped in 13 factors and 6 rebounds.
Frese thought her gamers had been fatigued of their fourth sport in 9 days, together with the previous 5 days on the street. But with even larger video games forward, she was thrilled to see them discover a way to persevere.