Dec. 28, 2017
LINCOLN, Neb. – Road wins in conference play are worth their weight in gold and the Buckeyes are coming back to Columbus with a bounty as they opened Big Ten play Thursday night with a 73-61 victory at Nebraska.
Kelsey Mitchell, who scored a game-high 25 points, and Stephanie Mavunga combined to score the Buckeyes final nine points in the last three minutes to seal the 11-point win. Mavunga grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go with her eight points.
Senior Asia Doss scored nine points, grabbed a season-high tying six rebounds and snatched a career-high seven steals. Linnae Harper scored four of her 14 points at the start of the fourth quarter to stem a Nebraska run and keep the Buckeyes’ lead in double-digits.
Sierra Calhoun made three three-pointers and finished with 13 points.
The Buckeyes went on a 14-1 run midway through the first quarter to open up a 12-point lead. The scoring slowed in the second quarter as the teams combined for just 21 points. Ohio State, paced by 13 points from Mitchell, led 34-24 at halftime.
The Buckeyes came out of the break and shot 56 percent in the third quarter to open up as much as a 19-point advantage in the third quarter. At the start of the fourth, the Huskers would go on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 60-49 with 7:20 to play.
Nebraska got within eight on a couple of occasions but Mitchell hit a big three and Mavunga had a big rebound and put-back to end the Huskers’ threat.
Ohio State returns home to close out 2017 by hosting Indiana on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.