Ayala scored a season-high 16 points, sinking four 3-pointers.
"We didn't respect our opponent enough."
Shakira Austin and Ashley Owusu have improved at the line.
The Terps rose to first-place in the Big Ten with victories against Rutgers and Illinois last week.
"[We] kind of slowed them down a little bit.”
“I think this is the voice that my teammates want to hear, especially when we have gone through a little adversity in a game."
"I don’t think he gets enough credit for how good he is defensively."
Four Terps players scored over 13 points.
The Terps came back in the second halves against Northwestern and Indiana.
Smith scored a career-high 29 points to fend off the Hoosiers' second-half rally.