Feb. 21, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 14 Buckeyes ended the home portion of the regular season on a strong note, shooting 60 percent from the field to cruise to an 88-54 win over Northwestern on Wednesday night at Value City Arena.
Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 22 points. The senior also dished out three assists and came away with one steal. Mitchell is now 19 points away from third place in NCAA history. The senior also extended her NCAA record streak of consecutive games with a three, pushing it to 86.
Linnae Harper poured in 15 points of her own. The Chicago native also pulled down six rebounds and notched four assists as the Buckeye’s offense fired on all cylinders.
Stephanie Mavunga scored double-digit points for the 11th consecutive game, finishing with 14 points. She also tallied a team-high seven rebounds and a season-high tying four steals.
Sierra Calhoun rounded out the Buckeyes to crack double digits as she scored 14 points to go along with her three assists.
Northwestern briefly held a lead in the opening moments of the game. After Mitchell opened the game with a layup, the Wildcats scored five quick points to take a 5-2 lead. Buckets from Calhoun and Mavunga put the Buckeyes in front, and from there they never looked back and closed the first quarter on a 26-to-8 run, taking a 28-13 lead into the break.
Ohio State wasted no time in extending its lead in the second, opening the quarter on a 13-to-5 run, pushing the lead to 23, 41-18. Mitchell scored eight of her 22 in the second, punctuated by a three-pointer late in the quarter that helped send the Buckeyes into halftime with a 50-28 lead.
The Wildcats tried to claw back into the game in the third quarter, holding the Buckeyes to just 16 points in the period, but OSU shifted into another gear in the fourth quarter to secure the 88-54 win.
Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah of Northwestern led all scorers with 23 points. The junior notched the only double-double of the game, pulling down 14 rebounds as well.
The Buckeyes wrap up their regular season with a game at Penn State on Sunday. Tipoff for the regular season finale is set for Noon in Happy Valley.