IUWBB: Hoosiers fall at No. 14 Maryland, 74-70

Indiana again flirted with an upset of a top 25 team on the road, but the Hoosiers failed to close in a 74-70 loss Tuesday at No. 14 Maryland.

Freshman Jaelynn Penn hit five 3-pointers on her way to 18 points, while senior Amanda Cahill contributed 18 points and nine rebounds. Senior Tyra Buss had 14 points, and freshman Bendu Yeaney added 10 points and 10 boards.

With 2:25 remaining, a Cahill basket gave the Hoosiers a 70-69 lead. But miscues down the stretch prevented IU from sealing the upset, including a missed layup in transition by Penn, a miss by junior Kym Royster underneath, and a failed drive by Yeaney.

A jumper from Maryland’s Eleanna Christinaki with 1:52 remaining put the Terrapins back in front, 71-70. Kaila Charles added a jumper to make it a three-point lead, followed by a free throw from Chistinaki with 10 seconds left to give Maryland a two-possession lead.

IU (8-12, 1-6 Big Ten) will now head to Michigan State on Saturday. Maryland (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) has now won all five games in the series with IU.

Much like the Hoosiers’ effort at No. 19 Michigan, they were able to rally for leads in the first half. Maryland led 18-13 after one period, but a 3-pointer from Penn early in the second cut the deficit to two. It was tied 22-all when Cahill hit a free throw to put IU up one midway through the period.

After a Maryland bucket, Cahill and Penn hit back-to-back 3s to establish a 29-25 advantage. It was 30-all when Penn hit another 3. It was Penn’s fourth 3-pointer of the half, but, much like at Michigan, the Terrapins had answers. Freshman Channise Lewis hit her second 3-pointer of the quarter, this one at the buzzer, to make it 33-all at the break.

On the game, IU was able to hit 12-of-25 from beyond the arc. The Hoosiers were also able to outrebound Maryland by a 35-31 margin.

Penn’s 13 first-half points were matched by Maryland senior Kristen Confroy’s 13, which included a trio of 3s. IU shot 50 percent from the field in the first two quarters but committed 12 turnovers. Maryland, on the other hand, shot 37.5 percent, but were buoyed by a 5-of-9 success rate from beyond the arc.

By the end of the contest, Maryland hit 49 percent of its shots, including 6-of-11 from 3. IU finished with 16 turnovers.

Lewis hit an early second-half 3 to put the Terrapins up, 40-35. Maryland hit seven of its first eight shots on its way to a 48-40 edge. Penn’s fifth 3 pulled it back to within five. Cahill hit a couple of second-chance buckets — one underneath and one from 3 — to tie it at 48-all.

A couple of big 3s would put the Hoosiers up heading into the fourth. Yeaney hit from beyond the arc, with the shot clock expiring. That was followed by a Buss 3 at the third-quarter buzzer to make it 56-52. Cahill started the fourth with a 3 to build a seven-point lead.

Maryland stormed back to lead 67-65 in the fourth, but Yeaney responded with a 3-pointer to make it 68-67. The Hoosiers just couldn’t hold on.


  1. All we can ask as fans from a team as young as this one, is for them to give it their best and continue to improve.
    Without question, this team gave it their best, and they certainly are improving.
    Anybody with eyes can see that these freshmen are improving steadily every game.
    I, for one, am very proud of this Hoosier team.

  2. Heart-breaking loss– Yes these freshmen are coming on, Marchese ‘s career day 8 pts, Penn’s 5 – 3ptrs [18 pts] where would we have been without that input. Then you cringe as you watch missed layups by buss, floaters are off, steal by Penn finger roll comes up short, and Royster thinking the ball is a hot potato. Frese thinking this is a loss on her home court , but thanking the inexperience on the IU team , saying whew! There are 9 B1G games left.

  3. This is another game we had in our hands and let it slip through. As coach Moren stated in the post game press conference. “We out played them for 36 minutes and let it get away”. She states that the let down defensively over the last 4 minutes cost them the game. I thought 2 crucial plays down the stretch really hurt us, Jaylenn missing the layup when we led by one really hurt and then Kym missing a layup off an offensive rebound inside the 1 minute mark really hurt. A real bright spot was Linsey Marchese having a career high 8 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes of play. Cahill was 1 rebound shy of another double-double with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Buss lead the team with 8 assists. Although Penn had 18 points with 5 of 8 three point shots, she also had 7 turnovers again. She really needs to tighten up her decision making since having 8 and 7 turnovers in the last 2 games. She is really to gifted a player to continue to make these mistakes.
    Moren stated that she was very proud of the effort exhibited in the game but, very disappointed with the defense the last 4 minutes. It is quite obvious that this team is getting better and better each game. As I have stated in the past, the team is getting better as the freshmen gain more and more experience. Unfortunately, we now go to Michigan St. which will be tough. They really did a job on us in Assembly Hall a few weeks ago. I agree with NatHill, I am really proud of the effort that this team is giving each time out on the floor. I really, coming into the Maryland game did not expect this close a game. But our girls really competed better than I would ever have imagined. Proud to be a Hoosier!!

  4. Great effort. Still too many turnovers. RPI schedule strength is now # 4. It’s all downhill from here. My prediction is that we go 7W – 2 L to finish the regular season. We win 2 games in the B10 tourney and make a deep run in the WNIT. Just keep shooting, Just keep shooting.

  5. scwartzie– 7-2 ? I hope you are correct but …. We are at Mich St., Purdue, and Iowa. Rutgers has lost once in league, Neb. playing well. I am hoping we are jelling come B1G tourney our season/post-season may ride on that.

    1. With the exception of Michigan State we match up very well with our remaining opponents. We are overdue for a win at Mackey and my opinion is that Iowa is a bit of a one trick pony and hasn’t been as battle tested as some. Rutgers will be a great challenge but it is at home and they are not unbeatable. It’s also tough to win at Minnesota but this group will get it done.

  6. scwartzie, I LOVE your optimism.

    Hope you’re right, this team has been dealt a horrible hand by the Big10 in the schedule department. Hate the fourteen team deal, we get 3 good teams twice (OSU, MSU, Purdue) and several average teams once. Teams we have played so far in the “Big10” have a collective record of 24-12 in “Big10” play, with a lot of those losses coming against each other.

    The “Big10” having fourteen teams is a perfect example of corporate greed masking as college athletics. What a joke.

    Go Hoosiers!

  7. It looks like it is going to take a whole season to get the freshman playing with rest of team to get them over the hump for a winning edge. The problem is this season will be pretty much over before IU ladies get to that point. Somewhere double digit wins for this season. 10+

  8. Scwartzie, you are correct about IU having 4th toughest schedule in the country. Look who is ahead of them; #1 ranked U-Conn, top 10 ranked Norte Dame and Oklahoma. This has been brutal for the freshmen to break into Division 1 college basketball with this challenge. But, it is what it is. All things considered, I think the girls have done well and improved as the season has worn on. Scwartzie, I don’t know about 7-2 but, I do think they will win more than they lose down the stretch considered on what we have seen the way we have been playing against most of the ranked teams on our schedule lately. Go Hoosiers!

  9. It is my understanding that to even qualify for wnit your won/loss has to be at least 500. So at 8-12 that is one stiff hill to climb at this point in season. This team has the potential to put it all together, will they,, I hope so. Go Hoosiers!

  10. With the emergence of Marchese seems she is now requiring more minutes especially when Royster doesnt seem to be on her game. Early in this game it was evident Moren made a move of a rotation with Marchese, Wickware , Warthen, of which I would like to see more of, even a rare brief bench time for Buss which lasted less than a minute.

    1. Tyra is just so tough she doesn’t need to sit for long..she knows her team needs her!!!

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