March 4, 2018
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The Buckeyes will be playing for a Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday evening as they take on No. 2-seed Maryland at 7 p.m. p.m. ESPN2.
NOTING OHIO STATE
- Ohio State knocked-off Minnesota in a fun back-and-forth contest Saturday to setup a finals matchup with Big Ten Tournament stalwart Maryland.
- The Buckeyes have advanced to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament for the 10th time in program history and the first since 2015.
- This is a rematch of the 2015 finals in which Maryland won 77-74 in Hoffman Estates.
- Ohio State and Maryland are meeting for the second time in the Big Ten Tournament and Maryland leads the all-time series overall 6-5.
- The series is tied 3-3 since Maryland joined the Big Ten in 2014.
- The Buckeyes have now won 10-straight games over Big Ten foes since its three-game losing skid in mid-Janaury.
- Stephanie Mavunga has averaged over 19 points per game over the last nine games and leads the team with 16 double-doubles on the year.
- Mavunga is coming off a monster game in the semifinals where she scored 26 points and grabbed a Big Ten Tournament record 21 rebounds against Minnesota.
- Kelsey Mitchell is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, either male or female, with 3,338 career points and is currently third in NCAA history.
- Mitchell has made a three-pointer in an NCAA record 89-straight games.
Buckeyes In The Big Ten Tournament
- Since 1995, when the Big Ten postseason tournament was reinstated, the Buckeyes are 37-18 and have lost their first game of the tournament only once (2008).
- The Buckeyes have now reached the tournament championship game 10 times, winning five titles (1982, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011).
- Ohio State has a 24-8 record overall since the 2006 tournament.
- Ohio State’s 2006 Big Ten Tournament title was the first in program history. The Buckeyes were the No. 1 seed that year, finishing with a 63-60 win over Purdue in the final.
- In 2011, Ohio State won the tournament as a No. 5 seed, defeating No. 4 Iowa, No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Penn State.
- This is eighth time the Buckeyes have entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed. OSU has won three of its four titles as the top seed.
- Ohio State earned its first of six consecutive No. 1 seeds in the tournament in 2005, marking the first time in Big Ten history a team has captured six-straight No. 1 seeds.
- Kelsey Mitchell has been named to the All-Tournament Team in two of her three seasons.
Noting the win over Minnesota
- Kelsey Mitchell scored 30 points and improved her career scoring total to 3,338.
- Mitchell increased her NCAA record for career 3-point field goals to 485. Mitchell is 12 3-pointers from breaking the NCAA single season record.
- Mitchell has now attempted 2,500 shots in her career, breaking Minnesota’s Rachel Banham’s NCAA record of 2,496.
- Mitchell dished-out a career-high nine assists.
- Stephanie Mavunga scored 26 points and recorded 21 rebounds as she tallied her 16th double-double of the season and her 54th career double-double.
- Ohio State trailed Minnesota 85-79 with 4:40 to play in the fourth quarter and ended the game with a 11-3 run to win the game, 90-88.
- Kelsey Mitchell now has 240 career points in nine Big Ten Tournament. That total ranks second most and is 17 points off the 257 by Ohio State alum Jantel Lavender (2008-11, 10 games).
- The 21 rebounds by Mavunga are a new Big Ten Tournament record. The previous record was 19 by Jenna Smith from Illinois on 3/4/10 vs. Indiana.
- Mavunga shot 10-of-13 from the field (76.9 percent), which ranks ninth in tournament history for single game field goal percentage. Mavunga has a field goals percentage of 77.2 percent (17-of-22) for the entire Big Ten Tournament, which currently ranks second for an entire Big Ten Tournament.
- The seven blocks are Mavunga are tied for seventh in a single game in the Big Ten Tournament.
- The 26 points and 21 rebounds for Mavunga are the first 20/20 game in tournament history.
MAvunga’s Monster Night
- Stephanie Mavunga had a tremendous game in the semifinal win over Minnesota falling just three blocks short of a triple-double.
- She notched 26 points, marking her 10th 20-point game of the season.
- Her 21 rebounds set a new Big Ten Tournament record and was her second 20-rebound game of the season.
- She blocked a season-high seven shots which put her over 300 for her career.