Jan. 22, 2018
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – No. 14 Maryland came out on fire and remained hot for most of the game as the Terrapins knocked-off Ohio State 99-69 on Monday night at the Xfinity Center.
The loss is the second-straight for the Buckeyes who are now 16-4 on the season and 5-2 in the conference.
All five Buckeye starters finished in double-figures led by All-American Kelsey Mitchell with 15 points and seven assists. Linnae Harper scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Stephanie Mavunga also had eight boards to go along with 10 points and four blocks.
For Maryland, Kaila Charles scored 32 points and Eleanna Christinaki was 6-of-11 from long range and finished with 26 points. The Terrapins were 11-of-18 shooting (61 percent) in the both the first and fourth quarters and ended the game at 54.9 percent overall and 61 percent from long range.
The Buckeyes made one of their first nine shots and fell behind 12-2 early. Maryland held that edge throughout the first, shooting 61 percent, and would lead 27-19 after a fast-paced opening quarter.
Christinaki remained hot in the second quarter and pushed the lead to 35-21 as she matched the Buckeyes’ point total at that point. The lead grew to as many as 19 points and settled at 50-35 at the end of the first half.
OSU opened the third quarter with five quick points to cut the lead to 10 but Maryland used second chance points to shove the lead back out and it remained around 15 for the rest of the quarter.
The Buckeyes remain on the road as they travel to Iowa City on Thursday for a matchup with the Hawkeyes. That game will feature the top-2 scorers in the Big Ten this season in Kelsey Mitchell and Megan Gustafson.