With Maryland and Notre Dame tied 72-72 with 15.8 seconds left in the game, Diamond Miller put the game on ice, nailing a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer, eclipsing an incredible win for the Terps.
No. 20 Maryland women’s basketball (7-2) played No. 7 Notre Dame (6-1) Thursday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at South Bend, Ind.
The Terps beat the Fighting Irish in a back-and-forth battle, 74-72.
“We were really good forcing them into a lot of turnovers and being really aggressive,” Coach Brenda Frese said. “Just scoring back and forth, making great plays for each other, and you know, we needed every single moment.”
Both teams played high intensity, forcing a back-and-forth one-possession game between the competitors. The Terps made 82% from the free throw line, a low of 13 turnovers, and outnumbered the Fighting Irish with 41 total rebounds.
Miller led the Terps with 31 points, 21 rebounds and five assists.
“I just wanted to take the last sho,t and I didn’t want them to be in another position where somebody was gonna go to overtime,” Miller said. “It wasn’t just me out there. Everybody was driving to the basket and scoring, and without my teammates, we wouldn’t be here right now.”
As a Terp veteran, Miller exploded with each shot, and each drive, using the glass throughout her playing time.
“I thought she [Miller] was spectacular, just wanting the ball at the end of the game,” Frese said. “Making plays for us but really doing it within the offense when we needed to have different plays being made from so many of our players. Really proud of the fact that we were able to out-rebound them, which looking at them statistically was going to be a tall task, and then getting to the free throw line and stepping up and making our free throws.”
Shyanne Sellers assisted the Terps with 17 points, five free throws, and five rebounds. Sellers, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, started the game strong with 10 field goals in the first quarter and attacked the paint when she had the ball.
“I have so much trust in Diamond, and she wants to make those plays into big moments,” Frese said. “Both of these guys executed with Shy [Sellers] delivering it and Diamond’s understanding of what we wanted to the last shot.”
Notre Dame kept up with the Terps, 45% in field goals, 18 assists, and fought hard. Guard Sonia Citron led her team in highs with 24 points in field goals and 10 rebounds. Citron made four out of five shots from outside the arc. Guard Olivia Miles also assisted her team with 14 points and seven assists.
“I thought that Citron, she’s kind of that Silent Assassin and just did a phenomenal job with 24 points and 10 boards,” Frese said. “I thought she did a phenomenal job getting back, they’re the number four scoring team in the country, and the way Miles can slice the chord and transition was a big piece.”
The Terps stepped up against this tough opponent each quarter, leading barely for most of the night.
“They’re so hungry, they’re so motivated that they just want to get better,” Frese said. “You can continue to see how much we’re growing as a team, and definitely thought we improved in that area.”
The Terps face off against Nebraska at the Xfinity Center Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m.