Nov. 26, 2017
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – After struggling for the first three quarters, the No. 9 Buckeyes found their groove in the fourth quarter and overtime and would come back to win the Play4Kay Showcase with a 94-82 overtime victory over No. 14 Stanford.
Kelsey Mitchell scored a season-high 37 points and made an OSU single-game record 19 free throws on 20 attempts. She had 25 of her 37 points after halftime. For the tournament, Mitchell averaged 30.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and shot 53 percent from the floor en route to being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Sierra Calhoun kept the Buckeyes within striking distance in the first three quarters while the rest of the team was struggling to find their range. She made a total of four three-pointers in the game and finished with a season-high tying 15 points.
Asia Doss was the hero of overtime for the Buckeyes. She scored the Buckeyes’ first seven points in the extra session and then assisted on a clutch three-pointer by Calhoun. Doss also finished with 15 points and a total of four assists.
Linnae Harper had with 12 points and 11 rebounds for a fourth double-double this season. She snagged four steals in the game as well giving her three or more steals in each of the last six games.
Stephanie Mavunga was the fifth Buckeye in double-figures with 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Buckeyes shot just 32 percent in the opening half and were 2-of-14 from long range. But in the second half and overtime, they picked up the pace and knocked down shots, going 5-of-10 from long distance and shooting 45 percent.
For Stanford, Alanna Smith and Anna Wilson both had tremendous games. Smith finished with 33 points and 16 rebounds inside while Wilson was 7-of-8 from long range and scored 21 points.
Stanford came out of the gate and scored the game’s first nine points. The Buckeyes settled in and after holding the Cardinal scoreless for a stretch of nearly three and a half minutes, they would pull even at 13-13. Stanford then scored the final six points of the quarter which including a wild three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Cardinal continued its run to start the second and built as much as a 24-13 lead. OSU slowly crawled back into the game and was down just 29-26 after a 7-0 run. But just like the end of the first, Stanford closed with a pair of buckets and went to the break with a 33-26 lead.
The third quarter was the Alanna Smith show. She was 6-of-7 shooting and scored 15 of her 33 points to help Stanford push the lead to 58-49. The quarter featured runs each way as OSU got as close as five and Stanford led by as many as 12.
Mitchell and Doss made back-to-back three-pointers to open the quarter and cut the lead to 58-55. Wilson then checked back in for the Cardinal and hit two threes of her own to shove the lead right back to 64-57 and force an OSU timeout with 7:30 to play. The Buckeyes answered with a 13-2 run to take their first lead of the game. Mitchell started the run with a lay-in and a three, Makayla Waterman had a huge three-point play and a Doss three-pointer from the corner spurred the run. The rest of the quarter was a battle.
The Buckeyes took a 74-71 lead with 37 seconds to go on a nice inbound play that led to a Mavunga lay-in. Stanford answered with a three-point play of their own on the other end to tie the game. Mitchell hit a jumper with seven seconds to play to give the Buckeyes the lead but Stanford went inside to Smith tie the game again with three seconds left. The Buckeyes weren’t able to get a shot up before the horn and the game headed to overtime.
Doss opened the frame with a three-point play and would score again two minutes later to give OSU an 81-80 edge. Smith scored inside for an 82-81 Stanford lead with 2:51 to play and that would be the last points for the Cardinal. OSU scored the final 13 points of the game to close out the win. Doss hit another jumper, Mavunga had a lay-in and then Doss made a great pass to Calhoun in the corner for a three. Mitchell closed it out with six free throws in the final minute.
Didn’t we just see you?
This was just the second time Ohio State has played the same non-conference opponent twice in the same regular season. The other occurrence came in 1986 when the Buckeyes lost a pair of games to Texas in a 22-day span in the month of December. Ohio State and Stanford met twice in a 15-day span this month. The Buckeyes opened the year with an 85-64 win over Stanford at St. John Arena on Nov. 10.
The Buckeyes will be right back out on the road next week when they travel to Durham, N.C., on Nov. 30 to take on Duke as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip and will be televised on ESPN2.