The Terrapins earned a berth in the national semifinal last season by relying heavily on the all-around play of All-American senior Alyssa Thomas.
Lexie Brown scored 17 points to lead Maryland to the Big Ten tournament championship game in its first season in the conference.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 24, Laurin Mincy added 22 and No. 14 Maryland used a big second half on Saturday to beat 12th-ranked Nebraska 75-47.
Brionna Jones had 23 points and a career-high 14 rebounds on Monday night as No. 14 Maryland won its inaugural Big Ten game by defeating Ohio State 87-78 in the conference opener for both teams.
Eleventh-ranked Maryland must play the remainder of the season without junior guard Laurin Mincy, who tore a knee ligament in Wednesday’s win over Nebraska.
After proving it can excel in a tight contest, coach Brenda Frese’s Maryland team also showed it can avoid the hangover.
Laurin Mincy’s hot shooting helped Maryland put away Florida International.
Virginia Tech dared No. 15 Maryland to shoot from the outside, and Laurin Mincy was only too happy to oblige.