Maryland did a lot of things well against Iowa on Sunday afternoon in Iowa City. They shot the ball well, going 53 percent from beyond the arc and 47 percent from the field. They limited their turnovers for the most part. They played really good defense, holding Iowa to 56 points on 38 percent shooting. They had nine steals and six blocks. The Terrapins played a pretty complete game.
The only real issues that arose were that Confroy, Howard and Jones all got into foul trouble, and that Iowa managed to out-rebound Maryland. One possible explanation for that is that Iowa racked up the boards while Howard and Jones were sitting on the bench because of their foul trouble. The stat doesn't matter much, especially when looking at the overall score. The Terps were in almost complete control of this game in the second half.
Here are three things that we learned from the Maryland-Iowa game:
1) Maryland refused to let Iowa back into the game
After trailing by 10 at halftime, the closest that Iowa would get in the second half was seven. Iowa shot 2-12 in their last dozen field goal attempts, and the Hawkeyes only managed to score two points in the final 4:01 of the game.
2) Maryland's depth really payed off today
With Kristen Confroy, Malina Howard and Brionna Jones all in precarious position because of fouls, Maryland called on Brianna Fraser and Tierney Pfirman to step up and provide the Terps with productive minutes. They responded by each scoring nine points. The Terps were +14 with Fraser on the floor.
Confroy fouled out, but the Terps still had Kiara Leslie and Brene Moseley to come in off the bench. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored a game-high 19 points to pace the Terps while Chloe Pavlech had five assists with only one turnover.
3) Maryland can win big even when they get beat on the boards
The Terrapins led the nation in rebounding margin coming into the game and were third in rebounds per game. Today, Iowa actually out-rebounded the Terps, 38-37. Maryland will happily take the 20-point win but they'll need to do a better job on the offensive and defensive glass against better opponents.
The Road Ahead
Maryland heads to Ann Arbor for a road game with Michigan on Thursday.