Maryland Women Trample Ohio State, 77-53 In The Big Ten/ACC Challenge
#20 Kristi Toliver worksgets around the Ohio State defense and sets up for a layup in the second half of Maryland's 77-53 win over Ohio State in the Inaugural Big Ten-ACC Women's Challenge held in College Park MD on November 30, 2007. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
The third-ranked Maryland Terrapins and nineteenth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes tangoed last night at the Comcast Center; however, the game was not much of a contest at all, as Maryland dominated Ohio State from state to finish, defeating them, 77-53 in the women’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The undefeated Maryland women won their tenth straight game thanks to Crystal Langhorne’s 17 points, supplanted by Marissa Coleman’s 14, Kristi Toliver’s 11 and the strong defense of Laura Harper.
 
The Buckeyes would play catch up the Terrapins all night; however, they dug a hole very early and they would have no chance against a Maryland team that was dominating on all fronts, especially in the paint, where they scored 46 of their 77 points.

Ohio State could not get anything started early, and by the time things got going in the first half, Maryland went on an 18-4 run to start the game, highlighted by 11 straight points as the Buckeyes looked woeful shooting on the floor.

Although Ohio State would fight back valiantly and come within eight points to make the score, 20-12, Maryland pulled away.

The Terrapins lead at the half, 39-35, and from that point, they would extend their lead in the second half. An 8-2 run to start off the second half put Maryland up by 19 and they would only extend their lead as the defense just completely shut down the Buckeyes.

Although Ohio States’s Jantel Lavender led the team with 16 points and 14 rebounds, they were extremely ineffective and sloppy on the floor all night, and only shot 30 percent from the floor.  

Langhorne, who was the scoring leader on Friday night, in addition to her 17 points, also grabbed six rebounds to reach 966 for her career, which happens to be two away from the record held by Vicky Bullett. Since coming back from her injury, she has scored 44 points in the three games, not missing a beat.

Although the women have been playing a lot of basketball since the season began, Maryland has started out strong and will need to continue their inspired play on the court as they rumble with the national powerhouse, Rutgers on Wednesday in New Jersey.