BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana held Maryland to just two overtime points as it pulled off the 70-63 victory in front of over 5,500 in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Sunday afternoon.
The Hoosiers (11-3, 3-0 B1G) started the contest with buckets from junior forward Mackenzie Holmes, graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary and graduate student guard Ali Patberg but were still down 9-8 to Maryland heading into the media timeout.
With the shot clock winding down, senior forward Aleksa Gulbe hit a jumper to put Indiana within one. After letting the Terrapins (10-4, 2-1 B1G) pull ahead by seven, a pair of buckets from sophomore forward Kiandra Brown and senior guard Grace Berger put the Hoosiers within three to end the first quarter.
Indiana took its first lead of the game to open the second quarter as Cardaño-Hillary picked up the and-1. Despite letting Maryland score off a fast break turnover, Patberg drew the foul on the other end of the floor as the Hoosiers held a 25-23 advantage. A second chance layup by Holmes gave the Hoosiers its largest, 27-23.
Knotted at 27-27, Patberg and Cardaño-Hillary brought the lead back to four with back-to-back baskets that forced Maryland to call a timeout. With all the momentum on their side, Gulbe hit a pair at the line as the Hoosiers were ahead 33-27. With Maryland still knocking on the door, Indiana took a 33-29 lead into halftime.
Indiana opened the third quarter with Patberg hitting a pair of layups to give them the 39-34 lead. Despite letting Maryland retake control, a 3-pointer by Gulbe and a Terrapin turnover put Indiana back in front, 42-40. Cardaño-Hillary got the basket and the foul to end the third quarter tied at 45-45.
It was all Indiana to begin the fourth quarter play as the Hoosiers went on a 7-0 run to force Maryland to call a timeout. The Hoosiers saw buckets from Holmes and Patberg.
Indiana saw its largest lead of the afternoon, 56-47, with a jumper from Gulbe but the Terps wouldn’t go away quietly, tying it at 61-61 in the closing minutes, as IU couldn’t get the bucket to fall from Berger to end regulation.
Holmes got the offense going in the first overtime period put the Hoosiers on top. Berger followed it with a bucket as Indiana held Maryland to just two points in the overtime period.
The win is the Hoosiers first ever against Maryland in their 12th all-time meeting.
Indiana extended their winning streak to six games this season and have won their last 12 Big Ten games.
Indiana won its third game of the season against a ranked team. The Hoosiers played their fifth game against a ranked opponent this season and their third game against a top-10 ranked team.
No opponent has scored more than 70 points against Indiana this season.
Maryland came into the game averaging 82.8 points per game and the Hoosiers held them to 63 points.
The Hoosiers defense did not allow Maryland a field goal in overtime and a total of two points in the five-minute session.
With Maryland leading 23-20 in the second quarter, the Hoosiers used a 7-0 run to go up 27-23.
Tied at 45-45 entering the fourth quarter Indiana scored the first seven points of the final period to jump to a 52-45 lead. Holmes scored four points and Ali Patberg had three. Indiana held Maryland scoreless until the 6:07 mark of the fourth quarter.
Holmes notched her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Gulbe recorded her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Patberg scored 18 points for the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers starters scored 68 of the teams 70 points.
The Hoosiers improve to 15-14 all-time in overtime games and have won their last two. The last overtime game came against Wisconsin on Jan. 30, 2020, which Indiana won, 75-65.
In the Hoosiers last two overtime games, Indiana has allowed six points combined.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“Well Happy New Year to you guys. This is a great week for us obviously to start 2022. Real quick, I just again wanted to give a huge shoutout, and appreciation, and thank you to the fans who thought showed up in a big way today in Simon Skjodt to support our group. I think they got to see a really exciting women’s basketball game. You know, we’ve had a tough week with just our personnel being shorter than normal. Aleksa, even though she was playing today, she was a little sick, hadn’t been to practice the last three days and so we had sort of an unusual week, but it’s still a great week of preparation for Maryland. So, I’m just so happy for our kids. They had to play a lot of minutes today, especially those vets out there. I thought we were terrifically defensively, we got the lead there before overtime, had a couple miscues turning the ball over. But, I thought we had an opportunity to come out in overtime and get the win. Give our kids credit we controlled the pace, we wanted the game to be in the 60s, for them, for Maryland, really wanted to limit their shot opportunities. This is a team that really thrives on possessions, and they want to come down, they want to guard real quick, and hope that you’ll either turn it over, they’ll get the rebound, and then they want to come down because they have a lot of good scorers. And they want to try to score fast. We controlled the tempo, that’s what our goal was and I thought our kids executed the game plan almost near-perfect, except for the turnovers toward the end. I thought other than that, they did a really nice job and in overtime I thought they were terrific.”
Indiana travels to Wisconsin on Wednesday night. Tipoff at Kohl Center is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.