Charles scores 24, Ter­rap­ins top Ohio State

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Mary­land 76 Ohio State 69

COL­LEGE PARK (AP) — Kaila Charles scored 24 points, Stephanie Jones added

16 and No. 4 Mary­land slipped past Ohio State 7569 Satur­day in a re­match of the 2018 Big Ten ti­tle game.

Com­ing off an upset loss to Rut­gers, the Ter­rap­ins

(13-1, 2-1) never re­ally got into a groove against the re­tooled Buck­eyes (48, 0-3). Mary­land trailed

62-61 with 5:25 left, went ahead 70-66 on a 3-pointer by Tay­lor Mike­sell with

3:04 to go and held on. Ohio State made only one bas­ket over the fi­nal four min­utes while be­ing outscored 9-3.

It was the 499th ca­reer vic­tory for coach Brenda Friese, who’s 442-120 with the Ter­rap­ins af­ter go­ing

35-22 at Ball State and 22-8 at Min­nesota.

Though Mary­land and Ohio State were the class of the con­fer­ence last sea­son, this Buck­eyes squad bears no sim­i­lar­ity to the one that cap­tured the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship and fin­ished 28-7.

Coach Kevin McGuff had to re­place all five starters and wel­comed eight new play­ers, in­clud­ing six with un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees. The new mix may ul­ti­mately prove suc­cess­ful, but at the junc­ture Ohio State has lost five straight and sits alone in the con­fer­ence cel­lar.

Fresh­man Dorka Juhasz,

a 6-foot-4 for­ward from Hun­gary, led the Buck­eyes with 18 points.

Ohio State went 4 for

5 to open the game and grabbed a 10-5 lead. Although Mary­land shot just 40 per­cent in the first quar­ter, My­ers drilled a

3-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 at half­time.

Ohio State had six bas­kets and six turnovers in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Mary­land missed 16 of 20 field goal at­tempts in the third quar­ter while be­ing outscored 22-14.

BIG PIC­TURE Ohio State: The Buck­eyes looked noth­ing like a re­build­ing team, giving the fourth-ranked squad in the coun­try all it could han­dle. Whether this rep­re­sents a break­through — or was merely one good per­for­mance in a re­build­ing sea­son — will soon be­come ap­par­ent.

Mar yland: The Terps wrapped up a lack­lus­ter week with a nar­row vic­tory that likely did noth­ing to en­hance their stature among the poll­sters.

UP NEXT Ohio State: Hosts In­di­ana on Thurs­day. The Hoosiers and Rut­gers are the only teams un­beaten in Big Ten play.

Mar yland: Friese vies for her 500th ca­reer vic­tory at Ne­braska on Tues­day night.

AP PHOTO

Ohio State for­ward Makayla Water­man shoots over Mary­land guards Kaila Charles (5) and Chan­nise Lewis in the first half Satur­day in Col­lege Park.

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