COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Redshirt senior Brene Moseley scored 20 points and dished out 10 assists, but the No. 5 Maryland women’s basketball team (12-2, 1-1 B1G) fell, 80-71 to No. 9 Ohio State (10-3, 2-0) at XFINITY Center Saturday afternoon.
"On the basketball end, you saw the effects and the impact of three games in six days," head coach Brenda Frese. "It’s not an excuse in terms of how we played. Like I mentioned to the team in the locker room, when you want to be a championship team and compete for titles, there’s going to come a time in the tournament where you have to play three games in three days. I thought there was a lot of uncharacteristic plays with us from fatigue, which is the mental side of the game that we have to improve on. I thought Ohio State came in here and had a sensational second half. "
Down by eight points in the first half, the Buckeyes outscored the Terrapins 24-17 in the third quarter, going ahead for good on a layup by Kelsey Mitchell with 4:16 left in the period.
The Buckeyes made it 70-63 when Ameryst Alston hit a 3-pointer with 7:11 remaining. Maryland closed to 72-69 with 3:13 to go, but did not get closer.
Ohio State trailed 42-37, before Cait Craft made two free throws to launch a 9-0 run that gave the Buckeyes their first lead. Maryland fueled the surge with four turnovers over a two-minute span.
After the Terrapins went back in front, Mitchell capped a 7-0 spree with a three-point play to make it 61-55 late in the third quarter.
Moseley had 13 points and five assists in the first half, and Maryland led by eight points on several occasions before settling for a 40-37 advantage at the break.
Ohio State started 0 for 8 with four turnovers over the first five minutes and trailed 7-3 before Hart ended the drought with a sweeping hook in the lane.
It was 23-20 before Maryland's Kristen Confroy drilled a 3 and Moseley scored on a drive, giving the Terps their first eight-point lead.
Maryland went unbeaten in its Big Ten debut last season, going 18-0 before capturing the conference tournament with a 77-74 win over Ohio State. The Terrapins had won 31 in a row against Big Ten foes before coming up short in this one.
Next, the Terrapins will welcome Nebraska (9-3, 0-1) to the XFINITY Center Thursday for a 7 p.m. matchup. For tickets to the Terps-Huskers matchup, click here or call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP.
The Maryland-Nebraska game will be televised around the world on the Big Ten Network. Click here to get your channel number for BTN. BTN is available on all major video providers, including DIRECTV, Verizon FiOS, Comcast Xfinity, and about 300 additional video providers across North America. Fans can also watch on BTN2Go, or on the BTN’s mobile app, and will be asked to enter their cable login information.
International fans will be able to watch using their BTN Plus subscriptions here.
Thursday's matchup is one of five Maryland games that will be on the radio this year. Fans can tune in on 1300 AM (Baltimore), 570 AM (DC) and through the TuneIn Radio app.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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