The #12 Terps dropped a pivotal ACC game at #20 Miami 83-75 Thursday night in Coral Gables, snapping their seven-game win streak. With a win they would have greatly improved their chances of earning a top three finish in the ACC standings.
Maryland (20-4, 6-3 ACC) dug themselves into a hole early to the Hurricanes (21-3, 7-2 ACC). They found themselves down 45-31 going into the break thanks to 20 first half turnovers leading to 20 points for Miami. Lynetta Kizer and Tianna Hawkins led the team, both with double-doubles.
Despite their miscues in the beginning the Terps came back strong in the second half, eventually chipping away at the lead and coming within two points at least three times in the final minutes. But in the end Shenise Johnson and Morgan Stroman’s 30 and 20 points games were too much to overcome.
What we were able to learn from this team is that they can make the correct adjustments to put themselves in a position to win. After 20 turnovers in the first half they only coughed up three for the rest of the night. They also got back on track in terms of scoring in the paint, 30 to 10, after they were dominated early on. We can see this team is still learning and have a lot of room for improvement, but I like where they are headed. It was also good to see Alyssa Thomas back to playing after her scary injury against N.C State. She scored 10 points in 21 minutes.
Maryland looks to begin a new win streak at home Sunday Feb. 13 at 2pm against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Player of the Game: Even in the loss we can find the silver lining. Lynetta Kizer has been playing outstanding these last few games and has produced another double double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, a few days after winning ACC Player of the Week.