No. 14 Maryland women top No. 12 Ohio State in Big Ten duel
Kaila Charles scored a career-high 32 points, Eleanna Christinaki added 26 with six 3-pointers and No. 14 Maryland cruised past 12th-ranked Ohio State 99-69 Monday night in a duel for first place in the Big Ten.
The Terrapins (17-3, 6-1) let a 19-point lead dwindle to 10 before limiting the Buckeyes to one field goal in a 16-6 run that made it 66-46 late in the third quarter.
Christinaki, a transfer from Florida playing in her eighth game at Maryland, scored 21 points in the first half and Charles tallied 22 after halftime.
(I’m) very encouraged with the progress our team has made, Martin said. This league right now is real, real hard. We’ve just got to remain focused…(on) where we’re at. We’ve made tremendous strides as a team. We just need to keep worrying about that and stay the course.
Martin, who is from Atlanta, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
After V.J. King’s two free throws made it a four-point game, Chatman’s long-range attempt bounced off the rim and out of bounds.
Ryan McMahon then made two from the line before King made two more to seal the Cardinals’ fourth consecutive win.
And a lesson learned by Louisville interim coach David Padgett that it’s never really over until the final horn.
I probably should have waited a little bit longer to empty the bench, which is part of the learning process, Padgett conceded.
King finished with 15 points, Jordan Nwora had 15 off the bench and Malik Williams 10 for the Cardinals.