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No. 12 Maryland women’s basketball upset by Ohio State, 95-89

Jacy Sheldon didn’t just play well against Maryland, she got under the Terps’ skin. 

First, she tripped Ashley Owusu on the floor in the first half, getting the foul called on Owusu. Then, in the second half Mimi Collins started a shoving match with Sheldon, leading to a foul being called on the forward. 

No. 12 Maryland women’s basketball was down from the beginning, and could never seem to break the Buckeyes all night. Ohio State’s stars came to play as former Terp Taylor Mikesell posted a career-high 33 points, and Jacy Sheldon had 22 and 10 assists as the Buckeyes staved off the late comeback from Maryland, 95-89.

The Buckeyes came out of the gates setting the tempo at home, with Mikesell hitting three quick threes in the quarter to help lead her squad to an early seven-point advantage over the Terps. 

Both teams enacted the full court press from tip-off, but the Terps were the team who looked more uncomfortable. Ohio State came out with more energy which led to three quick turnovers in the first quarter.

Without their head coach Brenda Frese, the Terps couldn’t seem to stop the ball movement leading to open looks for the home team. Sheldon had 6 assists in the first quarter alone, quarterbacking her offense to the advantage.

Even though Angel Reese did her best to bring the Terps into striking distance with six points in the first quarter, the turnovers started to build up. Ashley Owusu lost the ball off her foot, leading to a fast break layup by Mikesell, putting herself and the lead up to double digit points.

A Mimi Collins buzzer beater three at the end of the first helped keep the lead at 10 points, going into the 2nd down 25-15. 

As the second period began, the Terps started to find a bit of their mojo back. Katie Benzan intercepted a Buckeye pass leading to an easy transition layup for Angel Reese, cutting the lead to nine. 

The momentum started to swing midway through the quarter with Maryland going on a quick 9-0 run led by a lot of second chances. A Katie Benzan pick and roll three followed by a Mimi Collins fadeaway two cut the Ohio State lead to three. 

Even with the Terps clawing back into the game, early foul trouble from multiple players allowed the Buckeyes to stay in the game from the free throw line. Their perfect shooting from the free-throw line in the quarter allowed a Mikesell three to make it an eight-point lead for the home team. 

Mikesell hit a perfect four for four threes in the first half, giving her 16 points at halftime and her squad a 45-37 lead. Mikesell’s domination follows the trend of Maryland allowing guards to get off to hot starts in the first two quarters.

The second half started for both teams with attacking the paint. Ohio State’s Rebeka Mikulasikova scored the first four points in the period with a nifty reverse layup and a hook shot. 

But after Mikulasikova left the game in foul trouble, Reese made her presence felt. After two free throws cashed in, Reese executed a chasedown block on Sheldon, as the Buckeye lead was cut down to four. 

The defensive intensity got turned up a few notches by the Terps, with some aggressive guarding by Katie Bezan leading to a travel by Sheldon. But after a missed shot by Maryland, Sheldon made it up with a corner three.

This was followed by another long range 3-pointer from Mikesell in the same corner, putting her above 20 points while still shooting a perfect 5-5 from beyond the arc. The Ohio State lead strengthened to 59-49 as the Terps couldn’t seem to find a consistent rhythm. 

With the quarter looking like it would end with a double digit advantage for the Buckeyes, Maryland had a chance for points with an inbound pass in the frontcourt with only .4 seconds left. But the game plan was to throw it up to Reese, who caught the pass and tucked it home to end the quarter, cutting the lead to eight at 65-57. 

The fourth quarter had the lead go up and down, but the intensity stayed the same. Even with the Terps scoring their fair share of buckets, they were trading baskets with Mikesell as the guard started hitting multiple floaters. 

Maryland had got the lead down to five with 5 minutes left in the quarter, but it wasn’t for long as a barrage of buckets capped off Benzan dribbling into a double team, leading to Mikesell with a fastbreak layup and a 12-point lead. 

In the last two minutes, the Terps looked to pull off a miraculous comeback. Chloe Bibby grabbed a rebound and drained a three to put them within 5. And after two free throws, Chloe Bibby striked again from the elbow to give herself 20 points, and cut the lead to four. 

But the free throw game was won by the home team, as the Terps kept shooting twos when they needed threes after fouling. This poor late game execution handed the Buckeyes the game, as Maryland dropped to 4-5 on the road this season.