COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four Ohio State Buckeyes scored in double-figures, led by 20-point efforts from Ameryst Alston and Kelsey Mitchell, and No. 10 Ohio State downed visiting NC A&T 89-56 Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena.
Mitchell led all scorers with 22 points and a season-high tying six assists. Alston was 9-of-10 from the floor and finished with 20 points and five assists.
No. 10/13 Ohio State 6-3
NC A&T 3-6
The Buckeyes jumped-out to a big lead in the first quarter but the Aggies kept hanging around before Ohio State closed the door late in an 89-56 victory.
After being out-scored by seven points in the third quarter, the Buckeyes limited NC A&T to just five points in the fourth quarter to pull away down the stretch.
Mitchell made five three-pointers en route to her seventh 20-point game of the season. She also added six assists and three steals. Alston missed just one shot from floor to post 20 points and five assists.
Sophomore Alexa Hart pulled-down a season-high 11 rebounds to go along with 14 points for her first double-double of the season. She led the team last year with 13 double-doubles. Fellow sophomore Asia Doss was the fourth Buckeye in double-figures as she enjoyed her best game of the season, finishing with 11 points and five assists.
Aggie Kala Green also made five three-pointers in the game and finished with a team-high 17 points.
Ohio State came out of the gate fast in the first quarter but was just as slow at the onset of the third quarter. The Buckeyes raced-out to a 17-3 lead in the first and seemed to be poised for a runaway victory. The Aggies didn’t fade and shot over 64 percent in the third quarter, out-scored OSU 26-19 and closed to within 67-51 entering the fourth quarter.
The Buckeyes then cranked up the defense and held the Aggies to just 2-of-16 shooting in the fourth and pulled-away with a 22-5 quarter.
Ohio State again held its own in the paint, out-scoring A&T 38-16 inside and won the battle on the boards 40-33.
Ameryst Alston (OSU) – 20 points, 5 assists, 9-of-10 shooting
Kelsey Mitchell (OSU) – 22 points, 6 assists, 3 steals
Alexa Hart (OSU) – 14 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks
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Ohio State remains at home and will host Princeton on Friday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. The Tigers were 31-1 last season and had started this season 8-1.