Indiana Women beat Maryland 71-54, but Holmes and Meister both injured in the game

Indiana Hoosier forward Mackenzie Holmes (54) takes a hard fall during the basketball game between the Maryland Terrapins and Indiana Hoosiers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on March 3, 2024 (Photo by James Cocherell/Special to The Bloomingtonian)

by Skip Daley, South Central Indiana News Network

The Indiana University women’s basketball team beat Maryland 71-54 Sunday.

#14 Indiana hosted Maryland at 3pm on Sunday afternoon for IU Senior Day. 12,402 were on hand to see the Hoosiers conclude their perfect record of 15-0 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, and to honor five-year players Mackenzie Holmes and Arielle Wisne, as well as two-year player Sara Scalia in a pre-game ceremony.

Wisne shocked Hoosier Nation before the game with a fantastic rendition of the National Anthem. She was outstanding in her Assembly Hall debut, and lefty the fans questioning why the were unaware of her obvious off the talent

The game started in favor of Indiana with the Hoosiers jumping out to strong start.

Mackenzie Holmes had an opening drive defensive rebound and Sydney Parrish followed with a drive and a bucket to start off the Indiana scoring.

Indiana worked a quick transition pace. At the 6:50 mark, Indiana got the ball into the short corner to Sophomore Guard Yarden Garzon, who drove the baseline, drew the help defense, and dished to Holmes for the lay-up and one. On the next drive, Garzon sank a triple and immediately pointed to the section where IUWBB staff were sitting to a rousing reaction. She would subsequently sink another three on the next drive, giving Indiana a 16-2 lead.

But Maryland would not go away, going on a 12-0 run after their timeout.

The Hoosiers got back on track to head into the second quarter with a 21-14 advantage, and then began to pull away. Indiana had a 54% field goal percentage in the first half, bettering their NCAA season leading 51.8%. Meanwhile, they held the Terrapins to just 29% shooting at the midway.

Indiana headed into the lockers with a 39-24 advantage.

Maryland emerged in the third quarter much more physical in their play but continued to struggle making shots.

Indiana continued their successful offensive brigade, working the ball inside and out, but everything seemed to stop for a moment with 1:20 left to play in the quarter, as Holmes went down to the floor, clutching what looked to be her left ankle.

IU finished the quarter up 16 points, but left Hoosier Nation nervous about the status of their All-American!

Early into the 4th quarter, Maryland Point Guard Bri McDaniel received her 4th foul and headed to the bench, much to the approval of IU fans. McDaniel is perhaps the most aggressive Terp on defense and rattled several Hoosiers throughout the contest.

But the pendulum swung both directions, as Garzon was not too far  away from picking up her fourth, followed by Senior Guard Chloe Moore-McNeil.

Luckily for Indiana, they were able to maintain composure and the lead. The bench did not add much to the score but offered a solid defensive presence.

With 4 minutes remaining, IU held a 15-point lead when Jules LaMendola took a hard fall at the timeline. As she approached the stripe to take her shot, Maryland’s Sheyene Sellers gave her a hug and apologized for the foul, in a truly classy move.

The physical play continued, and the Hall came to second significant hush when Sophomore Forward Lily Meister also hit the floor, requiring the medical staff to escort her back to the locker room.

Indiana’s first and second string ‘Bigs’ were both forced out with leg/foot injuries!

IU won the game, but the cost might be significant. We will report on the status of the injuries as more information becomes available.

Indiana was led in scoring by Scalia with 19, and Garzon with 17. Holmes added 11, Parrish and Moore-McNeil both put up 10 points. Maryland was held to 28% from the field and 19% from beyond the arc.

With the win, Indiana completes the season sweep of the Terrapins. Up next, the Hoosiers will await the release of the Big 10 Tournament bracket, expected late Sunday evening. The tournament, being held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, will begin on Wednesday.

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