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Maryland upsets No. 3 Ohio State 82-61 in Big Ten Tournament to reach semifinals

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shyanne Sellers had 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead Maryland’s upset of third-ranked and regular-season champion Ohio State 82-61 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday.

Brinae Alexander and Jakia Brown-Turner each scored 19 points and Faith Masonius added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (19-12), who delivered the type of statement performance that ought to push them toward the safe side of the bubble for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Maryland will play the Nebraska-Michigan State winner in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon. The Huskers and Spartans took the court for their quarterfinal game right after the Terrapins finished avenging two regular-season losses to Ohio State.

Maryland owned a 55-31 rebounding edge and a 19-5 advantage in second-chance points on the way to its first win this season against a ranked opponent.

Rebeka Mikulasikova scored 16 points and Taylor Thierry had 13 points for the Buckeyes (25-5), whose quest for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament took a hit.

Maryland beat Illinois on Thursday after entering the bracket as the No. 8 seed, the first time the Terrapins played in the second round of the tournament since joining the league nine years ago.

With second overall WNBA draft pick Diamond Miller now with the Minnesota Lynx, the season became a grind for coach Brenda Frese’s squad. After going 137-20 in conference play over their first nine years in the Big Ten, the Terrapins lost nine league games — more than the three previous seasons combined.

The Terrapins nonetheless brought real potential to make a run this weekend with three graduate starters — Alexander, Brown-Turner and Masonius have 16 years of college experience between them — and a third-year star in Sellers.

The native of Aurora, Ohio, whose father, Brad Sellers, played for the Buckeyes and in the NBA, shot 9 for 17 from the floor and injected a spark into her team at the most pivotal moments. She sank a pullup jumper at the second-quarter buzzer for a 38-30 halftime lead.

Ohio State’s full court press never fazed Maryland, and the Buckeyes instead were flustered by the physical play in the paint — often voicing their frustration by the foul calls and non-calls that went against them.

Jacy Sheldon, who had a quiet 10 points and eight below her team-leading average, was called for a charging foul late in the third quarter that made the Buckeyes livid. Sellers hit a jumper on the other end. Then Cotie McMahon was hit in the face during a scrap for a rebound with no whistle that set coach Kevin McGuff off, drawing a technical foul after a fast break 3-pointer by Alexander gave Maryland a 15-point lead.

Sellers sank both free throws to make it 61-44, and the lead never fell below double digits.

McMahon, who had 12 points and nine rebounds, finished 3 for 17 from the floor. She missed her first seven shots, at one point covering her face in her hands in disbelief after she couldn’t get a one-handed leaner in the lane to fall.

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