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No. 10 Maryland women’s basketball looks to rebound at home against Penn State

By: Jack Parry

No. 10 Maryland women’s basketball is looking to bounce back from a tough 70-63 overtime loss against no. 6 Indiana in Bloomington last Sunday, as they head home to the Xfinity Center to continue their conference schedule against Penn State on Thursday.

The loss to Indiana marked the first time Maryland have lost to a Big Ten opponent this season. It also continues a scary trend of losses against top 10 opponents as a top 10 ranked team, as the Terps are now 1-4 in those contests. 

 Sunday’s game featured a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, led by Ashley Owusu on both ends of the floor. The Terps pushed the game to overtime, but sloppy offensive execution in the extra period wasn’t there, and Maryland came up just short of completing the comeback.

Despite the result, there were some solid performances for the Terps, as Angel Reese logged yet another double-double, racking up 22 points and 12 rebounds with three blocks and two steals, while also shooting 50 percent from the field. Another positive for Reese was her free throw shooting, as she shot 6-7 from the charity stripe in the contest.

However, Reese’s foul trouble problems reared their head once again, as the forward fouled out of the game during overtime, coinciding with the Hoosiers growing their lead.

Diamond Miller also managed to put on a show in her second game back from injury with some critical minutes off the bench. The junior had 17 points to go along with four steals as her defensive presence helped the Terps claw back in regulation. She also shot 8-10 from the free throw line.

On the other side of the ball, the Nittany Lions will play in their first game since December 18, as their last three games were either canceled or postponed.

Their last game against Duquesne was a 68-60 win away from home. Penn State was led by a massive 33 point performance from Makenna Marisa, a guard who the Terps will have to watch out for on Thursday. 

Penn State has gone 1-1 in their conference games so far. Their one conference loss also came at the hands of the Hoosiers in Bloomington, getting blown out 70-40.

The Terps will take on the Nittany Lions at Xfinity Center on Thursday at 6 pm.

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