No. 8 Maryland women beat Ohio State 67-55

The Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland remains the only team from either conference that is unbeaten in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The trick next year for the Terrapins will be to maintain that level of superiority over the Big Ten after their move from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Alyssa Thomas had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland bounced back from a lackluster first half to beat Ohio State 67-55 Wednesday night.

The Terrapins (8-1) led by only three points at the break before returning to make their first four shots as part of an 11-2 run that made it 40-28. Thomas scored six points in the spree and Brene Moseley sank Maryland's first 3-pointer of the game.

Ohio State (6-4) closed to 56-53 with 2:58 left, but a 3-pointer by Lexie Brown, a layup by Moseley and two free throws by Thomas ended the suspense.

Maryland finished 7-0 as an ACC representative in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

''We hope to bring that success over to the Big Ten in terms of our undefeated record. We want to keep that rolling,'' Terrapins coach Brenda Frese said. ''I'm really proud. Obviously, two power conferences, you talk about how many times we had to go on the road to win in this challenge as well as win here at home in the last matchup. Just great pride. As I told our team, they got to put their mark and be part of this. When you talk about their legacy, that's important.''

Ameryst Alston scored 18, and Cait Craft and Matina Ellerbe had 11 apiece for the Buckeyes, who were coming off a 21-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut. Ohio State fell to 2-5 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, including 0-2 against the Terps.

The Buckeyes were outrebounded 53-35, yielding 23 offensive rebounds, and gave up 34 points in the paint.

''Maryland is a terrific team. They're talented and well coached and they play hard,'' Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. ''The difference was they got too many points in transition and too many points on offensive rebounds. We have to get better in those areas to have a chance to win a game like this on the road.''

The Buckeyes never led in this one, but they certainly made it interesting. After Maryland opened up a 12-point lead with 8:29 remaining, Alston made two foul shots and a 3-pointer to spark an 11-2 run that got Ohio State in position to pull off an upset.

The Terrapins, however, scored 11 of the game's final 13 points to doom the Buckeyes to their third loss in four games.

''I'm proud of how we played. I thought we dominated the glass and were able to show our depth kind of late in the game,'' Frese said. ''I'm proud of how we kept our poise down the stretch.''

Maryland's reserves outscored Ohio State's bench 23-8.

The Terrapins built a 29-26 halftime lead despite missing 22 of 31 shots from the floor and committing eight turnovers.

Thomas had nine points, six rebounds and half of Maryland's four assists. But the Terps couldn't shake the pesky Buckeyes, who trailed 12-6 early before getting within a point on three different occasions.

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