University of Maryland women's basketball head coach Brenda Frese talks about beating Indiana, 74-70, at Xfinity Center. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)
The Maryland women’s basketball team rallied from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit Tuesday night to hang on for a 74-70 win over visiting Indiana.
Sophomore wing Kaila Charles had 16 points, including a bank shot that pushed the No. 14 Terps’ lead to three in the final minute. Senior guard Kristen Confroy (15 points), sophomore forward Stephanie Jones (13 points) and freshman point guard Channise Lewis (12 points) also scored in double figures for Maryland.
The Hoosiers (8-12, 1-6) entered the final quarter up by four, and an early 3-pointer had the Terps (16-3, 5-1) on the brink of consecutive Big Ten Conference losses for the first time as league members. But junior wing Eleanna Christinaki scored the first of her nine points, all coming in the game’s final 8:51, and Maryland quickly went back up.
The teams traded leads until Christinaki hit a long jumper to give Maryland a 71-70 lead with 1:52 remaining. Indiana was held scoreless from then on, falling short of the same upset that Michigan State managed Thursday night at Xfinity Center.
The Spartans' 82-68 win was the first by a non-Ohio State team over Maryland since the school joined the league in 2015.
Forward Amanda Cahill and guard Jaelynn Penn led the Hoosiers with 18 points apiece, and star guard Tyra Buss had 14 points on 5-for-13 shooting. Overall, Indiana shot better from the 3-point line (12-for-25) than it did from the field (26-for-59, 44.1 percent).