In one of the most highly anticipated games of the season so far, the Terps stepped up to the plate in the Xfinity center on national television to take down the Ohio State Buckeyes, 99-69.
Maryland had one of the best shooting performances of the season as they shot the highest shooting percentage this season in Big Ten play going 55 percent from the floor.
Eleanna Christinaki ignited the Terps’ offense at the beginning of the game. She scored the Terps’ first eight points of the game and had 21 points in the first half alone.
“We wanted to be very aggressive in the first, and I have good teammates that helped me get my shots,” Christinaki said on her first half performance. She made a season high six 3-pointers on the night.
The beginning run by Maryland proved to be too much for the Buckeyes as they couldn’t come back from the early deficit Maryland created. The Terps led by as much as 32 throughout the game.
Kaila Charles was the main fuel that kept the fire running in the second half. She scored a career high 32 points on the night shooting 75 percent from the floor.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game and it was gonna be a team effort and that’s what we went out and executed,” Charles said. Charles continues her dominant scoring after leading the team in points per game.
The Buckeyes main scoring threat, Kelsey Mitchell, is second in the country in scoring. But she was held to just 15 points on the day—her lowest scoring performance in conference play.
The Terps held the team as a whole to 40 percent, shooting one of the Buckeyes’ lowest marks of the year. Ohio State came into the game ranked number one in scoring offense.
The Terps were a force in the paint as well, beating the Buckeyes on the glass by 15 on the day behind nine rebounds from Kristen Confroy. This marks the 16th game this season the Terps have outrebounded their opponent.
This win was a big turnaround for the Terps as they had just suffered two very close games against lesser opponents in the Big Ten following the loss of Blair Watson.
“This matched with the valuable lesson versus Michigan state, shows we have to keep our heads up but anything can happen,” head coach Brenda Frese said. This is the Terps’ first win by over five points after losing Blair Watson to an ACL injury.
“We just want to continue to keep getting better,” Frese said.
The Terps will look to keep the momentum of this game Thursday when they travel to Evanston, Illinois to take on the Northwestern Wildcats.
“You’re going to have some holes that takes time to fix. But this team just keeps trusting and keeps working.”
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