COLLEGE PARK, Md. – No. 17 Indiana got in a hole early and couldn’t recover as it fell to No. 20 Maryland, 76-62, on Monday night at Xfinity Center.
- Maryland started off the game on an 8-0 opening run before the Hoosiers climbed back in to it. They would come within four on a pull-up from Berger.
- Holmes would keep the lead within three, 14-11, as Patberg’s steal and Penn’s layup in transition put IU within one with 1:28 to play.
- Gulbe would draw contact underneath the rim as she grabbed a brief lead for the Hoosiers with 39 seconds to play on a pair at the line. But the Terps would have the last word in the frame to go up 16-15 at the end of one complete.
- Patberg started off the second quarter off with a conventional 3-point play but Maryland would go on a 10-0 run as Berger cut it off with a jumper with 6:25 to go.
- Offense would go stagnant for the final 5:51 of the half as neither team scored a field goal as the edge would go to the home team, 34-21, at the break.
- The Hoosiers weren’t able to find any ground in the second half as Maryland led by as many as 24 in the fourth quarter. IU would close the game on an 8-0 run.
- Sophomore guard Grace Berger scored a new Big Ten-high 21 points on 10-for-13. It marked her third 20-plus scoring game this season.
- Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg also added double digits with 13 points and went 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
- Sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe added seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.
- The Hoosiers shot 43.9 percent, were outrebounded, 40-28, and turned the ball over 15 times.
- They also shot just 12.5 percent from the 3-point line.
- Maryland improves to 8-0 in the all-time series which began when it joined the Big Ten in 2014-15.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“Well, we are disappointed. We are going through a little bit of a rough patch right now. I thought tonight we got down 8-0 and I really liked the way we battled back. But then that second quarter was just really bad for us. We obviously had a difficult time tonight stopping (Shakira) Austin. I thought she was really good on the low block. Offensively, I thought we were a little bit out of whack. I thought that had a lot to do with Maryland, so give them credit for that. But disappointed we feel like we are a much better basketball team than we have been playing as of late. We have a lot of basketball ahead of us, but we have to figure some things out.”
Indiana travels to Penn State on Thursday night. Tipoff at the Bryce Jordan Center is set for 7 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.