A new year brings new challenges for No. 8 Maryland women’s basketball, as the Terps will hit the road to square up against No. 8 Indiana, their toughest conference matchup yet.
The Terps have been undefeated in their brief conference slate this season, defeating Rutgers and Purdue in early December. Maryland’s game scheduled against Illinois on Thursday was canceled due to positive COVID-19 results within the Illini squad.
While this game may be the first ranked Big Ten opponent Maryland has faced so far, it adds to the quite big list of top-ten teams coach Brenda Frese’s squad has squared up against. The Terps are 1-3 this season against such teams, beating only Baylor while losing to NC State, Stanford, and most recently No. 1 South Carolina in the Jimmy V Classic.
But Frese says that her squad is thrilled to be facing the Hoosiers.
“I know how competitive our locker room is that we’re really looking forward to the matchup,” Frese said.
Indiana is coming into Sunday with only two losses against two top ten squads, having also not gotten the job done against NC State and Stanford.
The Terps come into the new year having won four out of five in the month of December with the sole loss coming against the top ranked Gamecocks.
The Hoosiers went 5-1 last month, with their highlight coming in a win against No. 25 Ohio State on the 12th.
Last game for the Terps was a 98-52 blowout win against Coppin State, where the Terps finally showed a lot of promise from behind the arc. Having only cracked over 30% shooting from deep once in their previous four games, they came out firing early, shooting 62.5% from three in the first half.
Katie Benzan led the team, putting up 22 points shooting 6 for 9 from long range as the graduate senior guard got to display the real strength of her game.
The Coppin State matchup also gave fans the awaited return of Junior Diamond Miller to the court. Miller put up 10 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes of action off the bench in her first game of this season after winning All-Big Ten honors last year.
“Just trying to get back on my flow and be there for my teammates when I can,” Miller said of her return to the court.
Indiana most recently destroyed Southern Illinois 70-37, forcing their opponent to 27.3% shooting from the field. Guard Grace Berger had 18 points while forward Mackenzie Holmes also put up 18 to help the Hoosiers roll past the Salukis.
The game will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.
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