The Ohio State women's basketball team will try to get some traction in what has been an up-and-down season when it travels to Maryland to face the 12th-ranked Terrapins on Monday night.


The Buckeyes (8-5, 1-1 Big Ten) are coming off a 66-63 win at Minnesota on Tuesday. Defense was key as the Golden Gophers did not score again after taking a 63-59 lead with 2:55 left in the game.



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Ohio State lost three of four games in late November, then won three in a row before dropping two of its past four. The game at Maryland is the first of three on the road among the next four.


"We've just got to make sure that we show up every day in practice, we've got the right mindset, we're focused on getting better and getting prepared for each game, and hopefully as we do that we'll really start to show some consistency," coach Kevin McGuff said.


Balanced scoring has been a hallmark for the Buckeyes, with only Dorka Juhasz averaging double figures (12.8 points per game). Six players average between 7.2 and 9.9 points.


McGuff said Juhasz has had some "great moments" this season.


"She's really becoming one of the best players in this conference, and I'm excited about how she's going to help us finish out," McGuff said.


Shooting has been an issue for Ohio State, especially from three-point range (28.3%) and the foul line (64.6%).


Maryland (10-3, 1-1) was routed 81-58 at Northwestern on Tuesday. The Terrapins have also gotten balanced scoring this season, with five double-figures scorers led by Kaila Charles (12.8) and Shakira Austin (12.6).


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