Terps Fall to Ohio State in B1G Title Game

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#17/17 Maryland
#13/14 Ohio State
March 4, 2018 || Bankers Life Fieldhouse

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kelsey Mitchell scored 25 points and No. 13 Ohio State beat 17th-ranked Maryland 79-69 on Sunday night to win the Big Ten women's basketball tournament.

After trailing 22-17 at the end of the first quarter, Ohio State outscored Maryland 27-9 in the second period to take a 44-31 lead into the half. The Buckeyes started the second quarter with a 16-2 run before the Terrapins finally called timeout in an attempt to slow Ohio State's momentum. The scoring onslaught gave the tournament's top seeded Buckeyes the cushion they needed when the Terrapins made a run in the second half.

Maryland ended the third quarter on a 12-2 scoring run and continued to climb back into the game early on in the fourth. The Terrapins pulled within two points with about four minutes left to play in the game but the Buckeyes were too much for Maryland.

Stephanie Mavunga finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, Sierra Calhoun scored 13 and Linnae Harper added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Buckeyes got off to a slow start shooting 25 percent from the floor while the Terrapins hit 58 percent from the field in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, however, it was an entirely different game.

Maryland shot 23 percent while Ohio State shot 57 percent from the floor. Kaila Charles scored 20 points for Maryland and Kristen Confroy added 17 points for the Terrapins.

Kaila Charles was named to the 2018 Big Ten Tournament All-Tournament team for her efforts this past weekend in Indianapolis. 

Maryland is 11-1 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament, all under head coach Brenda Frese, and 8-1 in the Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Frese is 11-2 in the Big Ten Tournament, including her 2001-02 season at Minnesota.

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

Maryland is ranked No. 16 in the latest RPI rankings and No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and in the USA Today Coaches poll.