COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland remains the only team from either conference that is unbeaten in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The trick next year for the Terrapins will be to maintain that level of superiority over the Big Ten after their move from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Alyssa Thomas had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland bounced back from a lackluster first half to beat Ohio State 67-55 Wednesday night.
The Terrapins (8-1) led by only three points at the break before returning to make their first four shots as part of an 11-2 run that made it 40-28. Thomas scored six points in the spree and Brene Moseley sank Maryland's first 3-pointer of the game.
Ohio State (6-4) closed to 56-53 with 2:58 left, but a 3-pointer by Lexie Brown, a layup by Moseley and two free throws by Thomas ended the suspense.
Maryland finished 7-0 as an ACC representative in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
"We hope to bring that success over to the Big Ten in terms of our undefeated record. We want to keep that rolling," Terrapins coach Brenda Frese said. "I'm really proud. Obviously, two power conferences, you talk about how many times we had to go on the road to win in this challenge as well as win here at home in the last matchup. Just great pride. As I told our team, they got to put their mark and be part of this. When you talk about their legacy, that's important."
Ameryst Alston scored 18, and Cait Craft and Matina Ellerbe had 11 apiece for the Buckeyes, who were coming off a 21-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut. Ohio State fell to 2-5 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, including 0-2 against the Terps.