COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Kaila Charles scored a career-high 32 points, Eleanna Christinaki added 26 with six 3-pointers and No. 14 Maryland cruised past 12th-ranked Ohio State 99-69 Monday night in a duel for first place in the Big Ten.
The Terrapins (17-3, 6-1) let a 19-point lead dwindle to 10 before limiting the Buckeyes to one field goal in a 16-6 run that made it 66-46 late in the third quarter.
Christinaki, a transfer from Florida playing in her eighth game at Maryland, scored 21 points in the first half and Charles tallied 22 after halftime.
The three-time defending conference champions now stand alone atop the Big Ten despite having a roster thinned by injuries and preseason transfers. Terps coach Brenda Frese used only seven players until the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.
"What an incredible atmosphere tonight," Frese said. "A tremendous game. By far our most complete game and we were locked in from yesterday’s practice to tonight’s tip off. We talked all year about how important our chemistry and doing the little things would be and I thought they were on full display tonight.
Obviously, it started on one end with Eleanna [Christianaki] who threw the punch offensively to keep us confident. And obviously Kaila is Kaila and she continues to do things at such a high level for us and is so aggressive. And Kristen [Confroy] does all the little things that always matter to hold it all together."
Kelsey Mitchell scored 15 for Ohio State (16-4, 5-2), which never led in its second straight Big Ten defeat.
Since joining the conference in 2014, Maryland has a 64-4 record in league play (including the tournament). Three of those defeats were against Ohio State; the other came against Michigan State on Jan. 11, one day after starting guard Blair Watson tore her right ACL in practice and was lost for the season.
Maryland is ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Next, the Terrapins will take on Northwestern (9-12, 2-5) Thursday at 8 p.m. ET at Beardsley Gym at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats' Welsh-Ryan Arena is currently being renovated.
*Maryland never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 32.
*The Terps connected on 11 of 18 from three-point range. The 61 percent clip is the highest Maryland has shot from beyond the arc this season.
*Maryland held a 47-32 rebounding advantage and outscored Ohio State in the paint, 46-30.
*Channise Lewis posted 10 assists in the win, just one shy of her career best.
*Kristen Confroy grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Terps. She was just one rebound shy of matching her career high.