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Jan. 16, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 8 Ohio State couldn’t overcome a tough shooting night and would fall to No. 19 Michigan 84-75 on Tuesday at the Value City Arena.

Despite a strong defensive effort during the first two quarters of the game, in which Michigan was forced into 12 turnovers, Ohio State’s shooting struggles allowed Michigan to come out with the win. The Buckeyes shot 36.1 percent from the field on 26-of-72 shooting including 6-of-30 from 3-point range.

Stephanie Mavunga led Ohio State with 21 points (7-of-10), eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Kelsey Mitchell contributed with 20 points including four three-pointers and Linnae Harper added her own 15 points and four steals. Asia Doss’ defensive presence could be felt throughout the game, where she recorded three steals.

Although they committed 21 turnovers, the Wolverines shot a 53.7 percent, an OSU opponent high for the season, from the field and 57.1 percent from beyond the arc, allowing them to pull away down the stretch.

Michigan’s Hallie Thome had a game-high 27 points (11-of-17), 11 rebounds and one block. Katelynn Flaherty added to the total with 21 points (7-of-18), four rebounds and three assists.

Notes

  • Kelsey Mitchell now has 3,033 points in her career which puts her in 10th place all time. She passed Cheryl Miller of Southern Cal (3,018) and Chamique Holdsclaw of Tennessee (3,025) in the game.
  • Linnae Harper has scored in double-figures in all 19 games this season.
  • This was the fifth time this season that Stephanie Mavunga has topped the 20-point mark
  • OSU forced 21 turnovers, marking the second-straight game forcing 20 or more turnovers and the ninth time this season.
  • Conversely, the Buckeyes turned the ball over just eight times which ties a season-low
  • This was the sixth-straight game between Ohio State and Michigan that was decided by nine points or fewer
  • OSU shot just 17.6 percent (3-of-17) in the third quarter which was its lowest percentage in a quarter this season
  • Michigan shot 53.7 percent for the game which marked an opponent high this season

Up Next
Ohio State has the next five days off to prepare for perhaps its toughest week of the season. The Buckeyes will play at No. 14 Maryland on Monday, at No. 20 Iowa on Thursday and then host Michigan State on Saturday.