COLUMBUS, Ohio – That didn’t go quite as planned as No. 17 Maryland raced out of the gate to a 23-8 lead and led throughout in an 85-65 win over Ohio State on Thursday night at Value City Arena.
There were a couple of bright spots for the Buckeyes (11-9, 4-5) however, as junior Braxtin Miller scored 15 points and made a couple of threes. She was 0-of-13 shooting over the previous three games and seemed to get back to her normal ways on Thursday night. Miller also grabbed five rebounds and had two assists.
Dorka Juhasz scored 14 points, made a pair of three-pointers and grabbed a game-high tying nine rebounds. This was her fifth game in the last seven in which she has made multiple three-pointers.
Freshman Jacy Sheldon finished with nine points while Aaliyah Patty added seven points and six rebounds and Janai Crooms and Kierstan Bell each chipped-in with six points.
Maryland shot 55.7 percent from the floor and scored 56 points in the paint. That was the difference as the Terrapins finished well around the rim and kept the Buckeyes at arm’s length all night.
After the 23-8 lead through the first 10 minutes, the Terps took a 45-23 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The Buckeyes came out with a little fire in the third quarter and outscored Maryland 23-14. The momentum rolled into the fourth as the lead was cut to as little as 11 early in the quarter. With the score 64-52 with 7:30 to play, an OSU technical foul led to a five-point trip for the Terrapins. That sequence pushed the lead back to 17 points and ended the Buckeyes’ mojo.
Ohio State has started the final push of the regular season where it will play nine games over the next four weeks. The Buckeyes will be at Nebraska this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. OSU has won in each of its last three trips to Lincoln dating back to 2015.