9:30 PM ET, March 22, 2005
Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- The wait is over. For the first time since 1993, Ohio State is one of the final 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament.Brandie Hoskins scored 22 points, three other Buckeyes reached double figures and Ohio State advanced by beating Maryland 75-65 on Tuesday night.Jessica Davenport had 15 points and nine rebounds, Caity Matter scored 16 points and Stephanie Blanton added 12 for the second-seeded Buckeyes, who limited the Terrapins to 31 points after halftime."We finally got over the hump," Matter said. "We played a great team game. We had to play on their home court and got a great win out of it."Ohio State (30-4) will face third-seeded Rutgers on Sunday in the Philadelphia Regional semifinals. Rutgers beat Temple 61-54 on Tuesday night in Storrs, Conn.Crystal Langhorne had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Terrapins (22-10), who were trying to win their first second-round NCAA Tournament game since 1992. It was Langhorne's 18th double-double of the season, tying the school record set by Vicky Bullett in 1987-88.But Maryland made only four baskets in the final 9:42, two of them in the final 40 seconds. Leading scorer Shay Doron finished with only nine points on 3-for-15 shooting."I got my looks," Doron said. "They just weren't falling for me tonight."Ahead 58-53, the Buckeyes used a 9-3 spurt to go up 67-56 with just over three minutes left. Matter scored seven points in the run, capping it with a 3-pointer that all but assured victory."We just moved the ball," Hoskins said. "Everyone just played really well tonight. We've got good players from one to 13."The Terrapins were 13-3 at the Comcast Center, but playing at home and in front of a partisan crowd wasn't enough to overcome Ohio State's speed and tenacious defense."They did a tremendous job in their defensive transition," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said.The second half featured eight lead changes before Matter hit a 3-pointer, Hoskins scored on a drive and Blanton sank a shot from beyond the arc to put the Buckeyes up 53-46 with 14:10 left.At that point, Ohio State was 7-for-8 from the field in the second half. The Buckeyes missed their next four shots; after Maryland closed to 53-50, Ashley Allen made a 3-pointer and Hoskins added a layup to give OSU an eight-point cushion.Davenport then went to the bench with three fouls, and the 6-foot-3 Langhorne went to work. She scored inside, grabbed a rebound on the other end and made a free throw to bring the Terrapins to 58-53.They would get no closer."When people are making shots, we're a pretty effective basketball team," Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. "When you have four players in double figures and almost a fifth, you're doing well."The Buckeyes took a 35-34 halftime lead on a 3-pointer by Allen, her only points of the half. Davenport and Langhorne dueled for all 20 minutes; Davenport had 10 points and Langhorne had 10 points and nine rebounds.Ohio State improved to 28-1 when leading at the half.
|FG Made-Attempted||27-63 (.429)||30-57 (.526)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-15 (.400)||6-11 (.545)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-10 (.500)||9-17 (.529)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||10 (0/0)|