Maryland Women’s Basketball Beats Nebraska to Reach Championship

Maryland Women’s Basketball sweep the Nebraska Cornhuskers with a 66-53 win. Lady Terps now headed to fourth straight Big Ten Championship game.

Maryland Women’s Basketball (25-6, 12-4 Big Ten) sweep the Nebraska Cornhuskers (21-10, 11-5 Big Ten) with a 66-53 win. Lady Terps now headed to fourth straight Big Ten Championship game.

Maryland Women’s Basketball was looking to get past Nebraska for their 3rd win against the Cornhuskers and a sweep of the team in 2017. Maryland women’s basketball has been dominant in Big Ten Tournament play going 10-0 and winning three straight Big Ten championships.

All-Big Ten First Team Forward Kaila Charles led the Terps against the Indiana Hoosiers with 24 points, seven rebounds, ds and 5 assists and earned her Big Ten honor with her hard work on the court.

The game started off in a way I had never seen before. A technical foul was assessed to Nebraska before tipoff for a uniform infraction and Maryland Women’s Basketball had a one-point lead.

The first quarter went back and forth and both teams were scoring well. Maryland women’s basketball had a one-point 15-14 lead.

Bench play was key for the Terps has eight of their 15 points came from Brianna Fraser and Lesia Small with four apiece. M. Simon led the Cornhuskers with nine points.

With 6:25 left in the first half, the Terps had a 7-0 run and led 22-14. This was a combination of Nebraska missing shots and the Terps playing stifling defense.

Maryland Women’s Basketball finished the first half up 10, 32-22 behind Iesha Small’s 13 points and she was on target from the mid-range and feeling confident in her shot. Maryland outscored Nebraska 17-8 in the second half and bench points favored them.

In the fourth quarter, Nebraska was fighting back as they were down by 10, 48-38 with under eight minutes to go in the Big Ten Semifinal matchup.

Under five, Maryland was taking control and led 54-42. Kaila Charles led the way for Maryland Women’s Basketball down the stretch getting rebounds and playing within the offense. Maryland took this game by 13 points and beat Nebraska for the third time. The Terps had four players with double-figure point totals.

Eleanna Cristinaki finished with 14 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists, Charles recorded 14 points and seven rebounds,  Fraser was the high point scorer for the Terps with 18 and five rebounds and Iesha Small finished with her 13 points from the first half.

Now they face a very talented Ohio State team who has Kelsey Mitchell and Stephanie Mavunga leading the charge. Game time is tonight at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN2.

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