COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND — Despite the terror the Indiana Hoosiers have imposed on the Big Ten over the past few years, trips to College Park have been a personal house of horrors. At least that was until tonight, where the Hoosiers finally exorcised some demons on their way to continuing to contend for another conference regular-season championship.
Center Mackenzie Holmes scored 23 points to pace the tenth-ranked Hoosiers, who built a 22-point lead late in the first half before withstanding a second-half surge from Maryland to come away with an 87-73 victory. Guard Sara Scalia chipped in with 22 points as Indiana won for the first time in College Park on its seventh attempt inside the XFINITY Center.
“Well, this is extra special, as most of you probably know we’ve never won here as a program, so we made history for our program in terms of being able to win at Maryland,” Indiana head coach Teri Moren said. “That just tells you how good Maryland had been and what a fabulous job [Maryland head coach Brenda Frese] has done in her time here. I’m really proud of our group tonight.”
It took fewer than four minutes for the Hoosiers to take control of the game, as Lexus Bargesser and Yarden Garzon hit threes on two of the Hoosiers’ early possessions on their way to opening up a 14-2 lead. The Terrapins answered with an 8-0 spurt to cut the lead to two, but Indiana responded with a 10-2 run to end the quarter to reestablish a double-digit lead at 24-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Holmes and Scalia each scored eight points in the second quarter as the Hoosiers shot 78.6 percent from the field (11-of-14) in the period.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Wednesday evening’s contest, with photos taken by ALOST staff photographer Yusuf Abdullah. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 13 pictures in total.