Maryland women’s basketball beat Fordham in a close game at the Xfinity Center on Sunday night, 83-76.
Maryland’s led by 10 after the first quarter and led by as many as 14 in this game. Fordham, however, was able to stay within striking distance, trailing by only four points heading into the final quarter of play. The Terps held onto their slim lead and closed the game out behind great performances from several Terps.
Senior guard Diamond Miller played fantastic in her first game back from injury, finishing with 22 points and 13 boards. Miller’s biggest impact was at the free throw line, where she shot 13-14. Fellow senior Brinae Alexander, who finished with 14 points off the bench, said Miller’s performance was exactly what the team needed.
“We needed her. If we didn’t have her, it was going to be a tough one, Alexander said. “She played hard, and she played well, and I was happy to have her back.”
Miller underwent knee surgery this past off-season after battling the injury all last season.
In addition to Miller’s charity stripe dominance, the Terps shot 17 more free throws than Fordham. Head Coach Brenda Frese loved seeing her team be aggressive and get to the line at a high rate.
“It’s who we need to be. We’ve talked about getting ourselves to the free-throw line…we’ve got to be able to have that aggressive mentality,” Frese said.
In total, Maryland had five double-digit scorers in the win, and as a team, shot just under 47% from the field and converted 23 of 28 from the line.
The win gives Maryland its second of the season and a huge boost for morale following their blowout loss against top-ranked South Carolina last Friday. Frese and her squad will suit up this Wednesday against Davidson. This will be Maryland’s final game of a four-game homestand before heading on the road to play 17th ranked Baylor this upcoming Sunday.