No. 8 Maryland women beat Ohio State 67-55

Maryland remains the only team from either conference that is

unbeaten in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The trick next year for the Terrapins will be to maintain that

level of superiority over the Big Ten after their move from the

Atlantic Coast Conference.

Alyssa Thomas had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland

bounced back from a lackluster first half to beat Ohio State 67-55

Wednesday night.

The Terrapins (8-1) led by only three points at the break before

returning to make their first four shots as part of an 11-2 run

that made it 40-28. Thomas scored six points in the spree and Brene

Moseley sank Maryland’s first 3-pointer of the game.

Ohio State (6-4) closed to 56-53 with 2:58 left, but a 3-pointer

by Lexie Brown, a layup by Moseley and two free throws by Thomas

ended the suspense.

Maryland finished 7-0 as an ACC representative in the ACC/Big

Ten Challenge.

”We hope to bring that success over to the Big Ten in terms of

our undefeated record. We want to keep that rolling,” Terrapins

coach Brenda Frese said. ”I’m really proud. Obviously, two power

conferences, you talk about how many times we had to go on the road

to win in this challenge as well as win here at home in the last

matchup. Just great pride. As I told our team, they got to put

their mark and be part of this. When you talk about their legacy,

that’s important.”

Ameryst Alston scored 18, and Cait Craft and Matina Ellerbe had

11 apiece for the Buckeyes, who were coming off a 21-point loss to

top-ranked Connecticut. Ohio State fell to 2-5 in the ACC/Big Ten

Challenge, including 0-2 against the Terps.

The Buckeyes were outrebounded 53-35, yielding 23 offensive

rebounds, and gave up 34 points in the paint.

”Maryland is a terrific team. They’re talented and well coached

and they play hard,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. ”The

difference was they got too many points in transition and too many

points on offensive rebounds. We have to get better in those areas

to have a chance to win a game like this on the road.”

The Buckeyes never led in this one, but they certainly made it

interesting. After Maryland opened up a 12-point lead with 8:29

remaining, Alston made two foul shots and a 3-pointer to spark an

11-2 run that got Ohio State in position to pull off an upset.

The Terrapins, however, scored 11 of the game’s final 13 points

to doom the Buckeyes to their third loss in four games.

”I’m proud of how we played. I thought we dominated the glass

and were able to show our depth kind of late in the game,” Frese

said. ”I’m proud of how we kept our poise down the stretch.”

Maryland’s reserves outscored Ohio State’s bench 23-8.

The Terrapins built a 29-26 halftime lead despite missing 22 of

31 shots from the floor and committing eight turnovers.

Thomas had nine points, six rebounds and half of Maryland’s four

assists. But the Terps couldn’t shake the pesky Buckeyes, who

trailed 12-6 early before getting within a point on three different

occasions.