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Dec. 31, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 12/11 Ohio State University Buckeyes cruised to an 85-70 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena.
Kelsey Mitchell led the team with 22 points in the win, moving her into second place in Big Ten history for points scored. Stephanie Mavunga tallied her team-high eighth double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Linnae Harper also notched a double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
The Buckeyes never trailed in the game and opened the game with an 11-0 run to take control of the matchup. Mitchell and Harper combined for eight of the opening 11 points. Indiana finally got on the board nearly four minutes into the game, but Ohio State kept the pressure on in the opening frame and closed the quarter with a 32-13 lead.
OSU took its foot off the gas in the second, only scoring 14 points, but the Hoosiers could not take advantage of that and only managed to put up 13 points, giving Ohio State a 46-26 lead at the break.
In the third quarter the Buckeyes got back in the groove of scoring, and even led by 28 with 3:02 left in the period. Mitchell scored 10 of her 22 in the third, as OSU took a 73-49 lead into the fourth.
The Hoosiers attempted a rally in the final quarter, outscoring the Buckeyes 21-12. However, it was too little, too late as Ohio State cruised to an 85-70 win.
Tyra Buss led the way for Indiana with 24 points, she also played all 40 minutes for IU. Kym Royster scored 22 as well, and snagged eight rebounds.
The Buckeyes have won 11-straight against the Hoosiers and 22 of the 24 meetings dating back to 2004
Four Buckeyes had at least two assists
Head coach Kevin McGuff is now 7-0 all -time against Indiana
Mitchell is now in second place on the big ten all time scoring list. Passed Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante early in the first quarter.
Mitchell finished the game with 22 points and five assists
Mitchell has made at least one three-pointer in 72-consecutive games
Harper scored 19 points, had 10 rebounds and two assists for her sixth double-double of the season
Harper has scored into double figures every game this season
Harper was 3-of-15 from long range in the previous five games but was 3-of-4 from distance vs. Indiana
Calhoun finished with 13 points and a season-high eight rebounds
Calhoun has scored 13 or more points in each of the last five games
Calhoun tied her career-high with four assists
Tallied 14 points and a game high 16 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the year
This was her fourth game of 16 or more rebounds this season
Recorded a season-high five blocks
The Buckeyes stay in Columbus and host the University of Minnesota on Thursday, January 4. The Golden Gophers are the third highest scoring team in the Big Ten, and have crossed the century mark four times this season, tying them for the NCAA lead with Ohio State and Baylor. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.