When the Spartans came to town last Thursday, theri was little doubt that Maryland would lose with Terps being 53-0 in the big ten, with the exception against Ohio state. But the Spartans stunned the undermanned Terrapins and they will have to regroup this Tuesday when Indiana comes to town.
Maryland (15-3, 4-1) hard just hours before the game that they had lost sharpshooter Blair Watson for the season with an ACL tear.
“It’s just something we are going to have to adjust to.” Sophomore guard Kaila Charles said on playing without Watson. Charles grabbed a team high 11 boards for the Terps on Thursday but shot a low 4 for 11 from the field.
The Terps were also missing Watson’s three point abilities as they shot one of their lowest percentages from beyond the arc this season only making 29% of those shots.
“I want this team to be Maryland and play Maryland basketball.” Forward Eleanna Christinaki said. Christinaki made her first start against the Spartans and will be a huge factor in picking up the scoring with Watson out.
Maryland will have to focus on turnovers in this game as for one of the first times this season the had a negative assist to turnover ratio with 15 assists and a season high 24 turnovers.
“We better get used to it. It’s not going away. That’s what you’re going to see every night and I don’t think we responded at all” Head coach Brenda Frese said on the aggressive play of the Spartans on Thursday.
Indiana (8-11, 1-5) is coming in off a two game losing streak to ranked opponents Ohio state and Michigan. The hoosiers have been struggling on the road in conference, losing all their Big Ten road games this season.
The Hoosiers do have a decent amount of depth with four players averaging in double figures in conference play. This is led by Tyra Buss who is 36th in the nation in scoring averaging 19.8 points per game.
However Maryland’s depth is unmatched having the most players averaging double figures in the nation with Seven. (Six with Watson out).
The now nine man roster will have to learn how to keep those numbers up without Watson who leaves them with even less subs as before.
“We have to be ready to play every night.” Frese said.
Even with the Terps coming in as big favorites they will have to bring the heat to try and bounce back from the loss Thursday.
Tipoff is set for 7 P.M. in the Xfinity center.
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