Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
There have been a few games in the Big Ten this year that really were considered close, but the Terps are starting to get into unfamiliar territory against conference opponents. Tonight, was not much different as Brenda Frese and her squad had little answers for another top ranked opponent in Indiana.
The Hoosiers (18-2, 9-1 Big Ten) won their fourth straight game and beat the Terrapins for the first time in College Park. Indiana led by as many as 23 points and never trailed.
The loss tonight marked the third straight loss and four out of their last five and it has left many fans wondering does Frese need to start evaluating what they have, because this will be a one and out team in the NCAA Tournament and their seeding could also put them in uncharted waters when they would not be on the of the top ranked teams in that first set of hosted games.
Indiana had one of their best games from both Mackenzie Holmes scored 23 points and Sara Scalia added 22 points.
Maryland cut the lead to seven in the fourth, but the Hoosiers responded with a 10-0 run that included six free throws by Scalia.
“We just didn’t have enough after that last run by Indiana to come back said, Terp Head Coach Brenda Frese. “They are very good team, and we have to give them a lot of credit for how they applied the pressure after the half.”
“That first half was just on us, I think it was more about our energy, not effort, which is something that we try to pride ourselves with,” Brinae Alexander said.
The loss tonight puts the Terps in conference tie at 4-6 with Ilinois and Minnesota with just 8 games remaining in the season. The Terps will have to face Ohio State and Indiana again during that period. The ride doesn’t get any better with Iowa coming to town on Saturday night for a sold-out contest.