Ohio State Advances to Regional Semifinals with 75-65 Win Over Maryland

March 22, 2005

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Ohio State's balanced attack and aggressive defensive was more than enough to overcome Maryland's home advantage in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Brandie Hoskins scored 22 points, three other Buckeyes reached double figures, and Ohio State advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1993 with a 75-65 victory 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.

Ohio State (30-4) advanced to the Philadelphia Regional to face the winner of the Temple-Rutgers game.

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.

Ahead 58-53, the Buckeyes used a 9-3 spurt to go up 67-56 with just over 3 minutes left. Matter scored seven points in the run, capping it with a 3-pointer that all but assured victory.

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.

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.

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, and 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 6-3 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.

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.