February 25, 2018

Buckeyes Clinch Outright B1G Title with 89-64 Win at PSU

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Feb. 25, 2018

February 25, 2018
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Ohio State took care of business on Sunday and clinched an outright Big Ten Championship with an 89-64 victory Sunday afternoon at Penn State. The win also gives the Buckeyes the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament.

Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and dished-out six assists while Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper each notched double-doubles. Mavunga had 21 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks and Harper finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Sierra Calhoun made three three-pointers and totaled nine points. Makayla Waterman chipped-in with eight points and six rebounds.

Ohio State shot nearly 50 percent and held a 48-29 edge on the boards which was really the difference in the game. The Lady Lions shot 38 percent but was limited to one shot on many trips.

The Buckeyes led early 11-8 at the media timeout of the opening quarter but then closed-out the quarter on a 13-4 run thanks to threes from Mitchell and Harper to take a 23-12 lead at the end of one. It was a slow start to the second quarter scoring wise for both sides but back-to-back three-point plays by Makayla Waterman and Mavunga sparked an 8-2 run and the Buckeyes would extend the lead to 42-27 at halftime.

The third quarter belonged to the Buckeyes as they came out of the locker room on a 12-2 run behind seven points from Mitchell and pushed the lead 59-32 midway through the quarter. That initial run removed any doubt as the Buckeyes led comfortably the rest of the way.

Notes

  • The Buckeyes have won the Big Ten Championship outright for the first time since 2010.
  • This is Ohio State’s 16th Big Ten title, the most of any school in the conference
  • Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and passed Britteny Griner for third place in NCAA history. Griner scored 3,283 points in her career at Baylor. Mitchell now has (3,286) career points
  • Mitchel had 6 assists and passed Kim Wilburn for No. 4 in school history. Wilburn had 518 assists from 2003-06. Mitchell has 522 assists in her career.
  • Stephanie Mavunga recorded her team-leading 15th double-double of the season with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Linnae Harper posted her 12th double-double of the season which is her most in a season. She had 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
  • The Buckeyes dished-out 20 assists for the second-straight game and the seventh time this season

Up Next
Ohio State has earned the No. 1 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes will play at Noon on Friday against the winner of the 8/9 game.