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No. 9 Ohio State shocks No. 6 Maryland 80-71 in Big Ten play

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No. 9 Ohio State shocks No. 6 Maryland 80-71 in Big Ten play

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- No longer is Big Ten women's basketball simply about Maryland and everyone else. Ohio State is now very much a part of the conversation.

Kelsey Mitchell scored 28 points, and the ninth-ranked Buckeyes stunned No. 6 Maryland 80-71 Saturday, dealing the Terrapins their first loss in Big Ten play since joining the conference last season.

Alexa Hart contributed 20 points on 10-for-12 shooting to help Ohio State (10-3, 2-0) win its sixth straight and get even for a defeat in last year's Big Ten title game.

Maryland remains the team to beat in the conference, but the Buckeyes proved they've got what it takes to make it happen.

"As I told my players, if you legitimately want to compete for a Big Ten championship the road goes through Maryland, with all the success that they've had," Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said.

"We're excited, but we can't get too high on this one. Maryland is historically a team that always gets better throughout the year, and that's why they've been in Final Fours."

The Terrapins (12-2, 1-1) went 18-0 in their Big Ten debut last season before capturing the conference tournament with a 77-74 win over Ohio State.

"For us, it was a great accomplishment. I don't think we ever set out to do it," coach Brenda Frese said.

"If anyone thought we were going to undefeated for the next four years ... the game will keep you humble. Ohio State came here with a great chip on their shoulder, and we can't stay in the past."

The Terrapins won 31 in a row against Big Ten foes before coming up short in this one.

"We don't really focus on all that stuff," said guard Brene Moseley, who led Maryland with 20 points.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 16 and Brionna Jones had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Maryland finished with a mere 38-35 advantage on the boards despite coming in with a nation's best plus-20.5 rebounding margin. The Terps also committed 20 turnovers and were outscored 15-7 at the free throw line.

After facing top-ranked Connecticut on Monday and Illinois on Wednesday, the Terrapins had a built-in explanation for this lackluster performance.

"You saw the effects and the impact of three games in six days," Frese said. "It's not an excuse (but) I thought there were a lot of uncharacteristic plays by us with fatigue today."

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 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. Alston came in averaging 19.6 points, but finished with 12 on 4-for-17 shooting.

Maryland closed to 72-69 with 3:13 to go, but made only one basket the rest of the way.

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.

TIP-INS

Ohio State: Shayla Cooper had 10 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with 8:12 remaining. ... The Buckeyes have made a 3-pointer in 90 straight games since Feb. 10, 2013. ... McGuff earned his first win against Maryland. He was 0-5, including his time at Xavier.

Maryland: The Terps' 28-game home winning streak ended. ... Maryland celebrated the 10th anniversary of its 2006 national championship with a video montage, a T-shirt giveaway. ... Jones has 902 points. She came in with a 71 percent shooting rate and went 5 for 7.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Hosts Indiana on Thursday.

Maryland: Home against Nebraska on Thursday.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.

UP NEXT

Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.

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"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.