Late run sends Terps over Buckeyes
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Though Saturday's game against Maryland was a rematch of last season's Big Ten championship game, the comparisons ended there.
This year's Ohio State women's basketball team bears little similarity to the one that captured the 2017-18 conference title with a victory over the Terrapins and finished 28-7.
Kaila Charles scored 24 points and Stephanie Jones added 16 for fourth-ranked Maryland, which used a late push to get past Ohio State 75-68, sending the retooled Buckeyes to their fifth straight loss.
The Terps trailed 62-61 with 5:25 left, went ahead 70-66 on a three-pointer by Taylor Mikesell with 3:04 to go and held on, giving coach Brenda Frese her 499th victory.
Ohio State (4-8, 0-3) made only one basket over the final four minutes while being outscored 9-3.
"I thought both teams had good opportunities at the end of the game," Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. "To their credit, they made some shots and we missed them."
Freshman Dorka Juhasz led the Buckeyes with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Terrapins (13-1, 2-1) feature a starting five with two freshmen and no seniors, and they were coming off an upset loss to Rutgers. They didn't get into a groove against Ohio State until the late run.
"We showed a lot about our character and poise down the stretch," Frese said. "We had to get stops on the defensive end, and we were able to step up and force turnovers."
McGuff, meanwhile, had to replace all five starters and welcomed eight new players. Ohio State now sits alone in the conference cellar.
"I told them, 'I'm the last person ever to be into moral victories, but I do believe in the process,'" McGuff said. "We committed to a process today where we prepared well and competed against a great Maryland team. I'm proud of that, and if we continue to do that in practice and the upcoming games, the results will follow."
Ohio State made 4 of 5 shots to open the game and grabbed a 10-5 lead. Although Maryland shot just 40 percent in the first quarter, Sarah Myers drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 20-19 lead.
The Buckeyes scored the first eight points of the second quarter, but the Terrapins used runs of 7-0 and 9-3 to move in front 43-36 by halftime.
Maryland missed 16 of 20 field goal attempts in the third quarter while being outscored 22-14.