Lady Terps Have Big Ten Battle with Ohio State

The Maryland Terrapin women’s basketball team,  coming in ranked 15th in the nation, has their first Big Ten matchup at home against the Ohio State Buckeyes Monday  at 7 pm. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

The Lady Terps  are on a three game winning streak which includes a 94-50 win over American University and a 110-51 win against Coppin State. In that game, six players had double figure point totals, three from the starting five and three from the bench. Junior guard Brene Moseley was the leader on the bench with 18 points, eight assists, three rebounds and three steals; she was only in the game 23 minutes and was all over the court.

Sophomore guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was another guard who had a big game with 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Three remarkable stats for the Lady Terps against Coppin State: 44 rebounds, 23 assists, and 14 steals compared to Coppin State’s 28 rebounds, eight assists and one steal. It helps that that the Lady Terps are first in the nation in field goal percentage (.504), fourth in the nation in points per game with 84.7, and they get 16.8 assists per game which places them at 14th nationally.

The Terps women can score points and take good shots as a result of the aforementioned stats but they face an Ohio State Buckeye team (8-4, 0-1 away) who can score as well. They are ranked 10th in the nation in points per game (80.6) and 23rd overall in field goal percentage (.444).  The Lady Terps are going to have to be wary of the Buckeyes defensively because they are 5th in blocks with 6.7 per game. Freshman forward Alexa Hart comes in second ranked among 50 players on espn.com with 4.3 blocks per game. The Lady Buckeyes have a player in freshman Kelsey Mitchell who is 3rd in points per game with 24.7.

Both of these teams have winning streaks on the line and both are looking for their first win in Big Ten conference play.  This seems like it will be a great battle between two teams who at the end of the season could be facing each other in the Big Ten tournament.