Feb. 8, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 13 Ohio State made 11 three-pointers and enjoyed its second-best shooting night of the season in a 90-68 victory over Rutgers on Thursday.
The Buckeyes (20-5, 9-3) shot 56.1 percent for the game and were 11-of-22 from long range. That came one game after making a season-low four three-points last Saturday at Wisconsin.
Kelsey Mitchell was a season-best 5-of-6 from downtown and 10-of-13 overall to finish with a game-high 28 points. She also dished-out four assists which puts her at 502 for her career.
Senior Linnae Harper hit her average with 15 points and dished-out four assists. Fellow senior Alexa Hart tied her season-high with 12 points and three assists. Asia Doss scored just four points but handed-out a game-high seven assists.
For Rutgers, Tyler Scaife scored 27 points but took 27 shots. Jazlynd Rollins chipped-in with 14 points.
Harper and Calhoun each made a three and had seven first quarter points to help the Buckeyes build a 22-17 lead. OSU opened the second quarter on a 15-4 run to push the lead to 37-21 and force a Rutgers timeout with 5:30 left until halftime. The margin would be 21 at the break, 51-30, as the Buckeyes were 8-of-15 from beyond arc in the opening half.
The second half was all Buckeyes. They were 7-of-12 shooting in both the third and fourth quarters and held the 20-point margin nearly the entire half. Rutgers got as close at 16 late in the third quarter but never really threatened.
The Buckeyes head out on the road for two games in a three day span starting with a trip to USF on Sunday. The game will start at 2 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN. That will be followed by a trip to Illinois on Tuesday evening.