The marquee matchup of the Big Ten women’s basketball season is set.

No. 12 Ohio State defeated Nebraska 87-69 on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, meaning the Buckeyes (23-5, 13-1) will play No. 2 Maryland (26-1, 14-0) on Monday at Value City Arena with a share of the regular-season title still in play.

The win, Ohio State’s ninth straight, came despite stretches of sluggishness and poor positioning. The Buckeyes committed 17 turnovers and 22 personal fouls.

“We would do some really good things and have some good stretches to get a big lead and then we would get away from that,” coach Kevin McGuff said. “We didn’t sustain effort and concentration as much as I would like.”

After scoring just seven points in the opening three quarters Sunday against Iowa, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell had 17 through three quarters against Nebraska (5-20, 1-12). She led the Buckeyes with 27 points in her eighth straight 20-point game.

Making her second straight start in place of an injured Stephanie Mavunga, freshman forward Tori McCoy had 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting, and Sierra Calhoun had 13 points. Forward Jessica Shepard led the Huskers with 28.

An 8-0 Nebraska run and three Ohio State turnovers in the second half’s opening 1:28 prompted a quick timeout from McGuff. A breather seemed to help, and the Buckeyes offense responded over the next five minutes.

A Mitchell jumper with 3:57 left in the third quarter pushed the advantage to 54-34, and Ohio State’s lead didn’t drop below 13 points in the final 13 minutes.

The Buckeyes made their first three three-point attempts — two from Mitchell and one from Calhoun — and took a 19-8 lead on an Alexa Hart basket with 2:27 left in the first quarter. Nebraska rallied for 10 points in the final 3:56 of the second quarter, and the Buckeyes still led 40-23 at halftime.

Maryland and Ohio State have stood atop the Big Ten standings since the start of conference play, and that remains the case with Monday’s game approaching.

Despite several potential trap games, Ohio State will enter the game with a loss at Michigan State serving as its only Big Ten blemish.

“It would have been real easy to look past (Nebraska) and our kids for the most part didn’t do that,” McGuff said. “We handled our business here and we’ll get back and make sure we get three great days of preparation as we head towards Monday.”