By Lila Bromberg
In its last road game of the season, No. 13 Maryland (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) fell 71-65 to Michigan (20-8, 9-6 Big Ten) for the first time in program history. The loss also marks the first time Maryland has lost to four different Big Ten teams in one season.
The Terps trailed the Wolverines throughout almost the entire matchup and were unable to execute on a close contest in the final minutes.
A win was crucial for Maryland to stay in the hunt for the Big Ten regular season title after falling to second place following two consecutive losses.
The Terps recent struggle carried over into the first quarter of the game. They had five turnovers and allowed Michigan to convert on them for nine points. Maryland also did not score for nearly four minutes to conclude the period, and let Michigan shoot 62 percent.
Maryland was able to go on a 15-5 run in the second to tighten the gap, but couldn’t get the advantage before halftime, still down two points.
The Terps couldn’t take the lead through the third quarter or fourth, despite keeping the game close.
Maryland struggled in many categories, but most significant was its inefficiency behind the arc. The Terps, who normally shoot around 40 percent, missed all nine three-point shots for their worst percentage all season by far.
They also fell behind Michigan in rebounds 32-28 and only shot 65 percent from the free throw line.
The one shining point for the team was Kaila Charles, who led with 27 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Maryland returns home to face Nebraska on Sunday, Feb. 25 in its last game of the regular season, now with slim chances of another Big Ten title.