Terps Halt Huskers to Advance to B1G Title Game

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March 3, 2018 || Bankers Life Fieldhouse

INDIANAPOLIS – Junior Brianna Fraser scored 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting and junior Eleanna Christinaki had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to help second-seeded Maryland beat third-seeded Nebraska, 66-53 on Saturday night in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

Maryland (25-6) will play top-seeded and No. 13 Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game Sunday. The Terrapins won the only other matchup between the teams this season 99-69 on Jan. 22 in College Park, Maryland.

Hannah Whitish hit a three-pointer to give Nebraska (21-10) a 14-13 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter, but the Terrapins made 13 of their next 14 field-goal attempts and fifth-year senior Ieshia Small scored nine points in a 12-1 run that gave Maryland a 25-15 lead with nearly four minutes left in the first half.

Whitish hit another 3-pointer to cap an 8-0 spurt and pull Nebraska within seven midway through the third quarter, but Christinaki scored six points during a 8-0 run that made it 47-32 going into the fourth and the Terrapins led by double figures the rest of the way.

Janay Morton led the Huskers with 15 points. Sophomore Kaila Charles had 14 points and Small added 13 on 6-of-8 shooting for Maryland.

Maryland is 11-0 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament, all under head coach Brenda Frese, and 8-0 in the Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Frese is 11-1 in the Big Ten Tournament, including her 2001-02 season at Minnesota.

The Terrapins have won three straight Big Ten Tournament titles since joining the league in 2015.

Sunday’s championship game will tip off at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and the Watch ESPN app.

Saturday's matchup is the ninth all-time between Maryland and Nebraska, with the Terps taking the eight previous meetings. They have never met in the Big Ten Tournament. The Terrapins won 64-57 in Lincoln on Feb. 4 and 77-75 in College Park on Feb. 25. Maryland is ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and in the USA Today Coaches poll.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.