Dec. 29, 2014
Ohio State at #9 Maryland
Date: Monday, December 29, 2014 | Time: 7:00
p.m. ET | Venue: XFINITY Center | Location: College Park, Md.
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
TV: Big Ten
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Setting the Scene
Ohio State heads out on the road for the first time in over a month as the Buckeyes open B1G play at Maryland on Monday.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from the XFINITY Center in College Park, Md.
The Buckeyes have won four-straight and are now 8-4 on the year after beating No. 18 West Virginia 96-54 last Monday.
Maryland finished non-conference action at 9-2 overall. It is riding a three-game winning-streak after dropping back-to-back games to Washington State and Notre Dame.
The game will televised on the Big Ten Network and available on the BTN2Go app.
The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell scored a freshman-record 39 points to lead Ohio State to its largest victory over a ranked team in a 96-54 win over No. 18 West Virginia last Monday.
Ohio State raced-out to a 20-point lead in the first half and after West Virginia cut the lead to eight points early in the second half, the Buckeyes closed the game on a 29-4 run over the final 10 minutes.
Mitchell did most of her damage from beyond the arc, hitting a school-record tying eight three-pointers on 10 attempts. She was 12-of-18 from the floor overall and 7-of-11 from the free throw stripe. Mitchell finished just three points shy of the single-game school-record and was hampered by foul trouble as she played just 27 minutes.
Junior Ameryst Alston finished with 26 points, six assists and five assists.
Fellow junior Cait Craft struggled from the floor but grabbed a career-high eight rebounds, dished-out a career-high seven assists and totaled a season-high four steals.
Sophomore transfer Shayla Cooper, playing in her first game as a Buckeye, scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.
Freshman Alexa Hart was the fourth Buckeye in double-figures with 11 points. Hart, the B1G's leader in blocked shots, added five more on Monday to go along with seven rebounds.
Bria Holmes, the Big 12's leading scorer, finished with a team-high 17 points but also committed a team-high seven turnovers.
In the second half, the Buckeyes missed more shots from the FT line (7-11) then from the 3-point arc (6-7).
A Quick Look At Maryland
Maryland opened the season with six-straight wins before dropping back-to-back games to Washington State and Notre Dame.
The Terrapins then rebounded with three wins in a row and enter their first season of Big Ten play at 9-2 overall.
Maryland has a fairly balanced offensive attack as four players are averaging in double-figures led by senior guard Laurin Mincy at 13.5 ppg.
The next three in double-figures are all sophomores in Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (12.3 ppg), Lexie Bown (11.2 ppg) and Brionna Jones (11.0 ppg).
The Terrapins shoot the ball pretty well as they are No. 2 in the country in FG percent and No. 8 in FT percentage.
Head coach Brenda Frese returns to the Big Ten this year. Frese was the head coach at Minnesota in 2001-02. She led the Golden Gophers to a record of 22-8 overall, 11-5 in Big Ten play and an NCAA Tournament berth. She was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2002 and the Associated Press National Coach of the Year before coming to College Park.
Series History vs. Maryland
The Buckeyes and Terrapins are meeting for the sixth time but the first as members of the Big Ten.
Maryland leads the all-time series 3-2, winning each of the last two meetings when the teams met in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The first three meetings all came in NCAA Tournament games.
The teams split the first two contests in the 80s and then Ohio State advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 75-65 victory in 2005 in College Park.
McGuff vs. Maryland
Head coach Kevin McGuff is 0-3 all-time in matchups with Brenda Frese and Maryland.
He dropped both ends of a home-and-home series with the Terrapins in 2004 and 2005 while at Xavier and then fell 67-55 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last season.
Facing A Ranked Team
Under head coach Kevin McGuff, the Buckeyes are 4-12 when facing a ranked opponent.
The team was 3-11 in McGuff's first season in 2013-14.
One of the best wins of the 2013-14 season came over No. 11 Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes scored a tournament-record 99 points in the victory.
Ohio State is 1-1 this season after thumping No. 18 West Virginia 96-54 on Dec. 22.