COLLEGE PARK, Maryland — While it is a given that the Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team will not lightly cede the throne at the top of the Big Ten that they have assumed every season since they joined the league, the team showed how deep it is able to dig to keep its championship stranglehold.
Angel Reese led four Terrapins players who scored in double figures with 21 points as No. 13 Maryland came back from an 11-point deficit to defeat 18th-ranked Ohio State 77-72, winning its eighth consecutive game. With the win, Maryland, which has won three consecutive Big Ten regular season titles and six of its last seven regular-season conference titles since its move to the Big Ten in 2014, moves into sole possession of second place in the Big Ten, behind by one game to Indiana in the loss column.
A couple of late-quarter surges keyed the Terrapins comeback. Down 35-24 more than halfway through the second quarter, the Terrapins closed on 10-4 spurt to cut their deficit to 39-34 at intermission. In the third, the Buckeyes held a three-point lead before Maryland responded with a 12-0 run late in the quarter to take a 59-50 lead. Mimi Collins converted an and-one during that decisive run at the 3:47 mark of the period for a 54-50 lead, and the Terrapins would not trail for the rest of the game.
“Just so proud of how this team continues to respond to adversity and whatever is thrown their way,” Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said. “Ohio State, obviously a phenomenal team, they punched early. In the first half, we had way too many turnovers. I think we had 10 at half and just really kind of needed to settle down at halftime, but the response out of the locker room was terrific.”
Former Terrapin Taylor Mikesell led all scorers with 29 points, making 12-of-16 shots from the field and five three-pointers, on her return to College Park; The Massillon, Ohio native spent her first two seasons at Maryland before transferring to Oregon before last season, and now is finishing her career in her home state.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Thursday evening’s game, with all the photos produced by DC-area photographer Yusuf Abdullah. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 16 pictures in total.