January 31, 2018

No. 18/17 Buckeyes Cruise to 94-64 Win Over Penn State

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Jan. 31, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Five different Buckeyes scored double-digit points as the No. 18/17 Ohio State University women’s basketball team had its highest scoring game of 2018 as it crushed the Penn State Lady Lions 94-64 on Wednesday night at Value City Arena.

Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with 27 points. The senior also tallied six rebounds and dished out five assists. Her 27 points push her up to No. 4 on the NCAA career points list. Her career assist total now sits at 496, moving her into fifth place in the Ohio State record book.

Stephanie Mavunga notched her team-high 11th double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. With her layup at the 4:09 mark in the second quarter she scored her 1,500th career point. She also blocked four shots.

Linnae Harper finished with her ninth double-double of the year, scoring 13 points and snagging 10 rebounds. This is her third straight double-double after notching ones at Iowa and at home against Michigan State in the past six days.

A pair of Buckeyes finished with 12 points in Sierra Calhoun and Alexa Hart. Calhoun pulled down four rebounds, while Hart had three boards.

The Buckeyes never trailed in the game, opening the first quarter on a 6-to-2 run. Penn State cut the lead down to one, but from there OSU used a 15-0 run to take control of the game. Mitchell put the Buckeyes up 24-8 late in the first before Amari Carter sank a jumper for Penn State to cut the lead to 14 at the end of the opening frame, 24-10.

Ohio State never looked back from there, using a 12-to-3 run to open the second and establish total control over the game. Penn State tried to claw back into the game, cutting the lead to 13, but the Buckeyes responded with a 13-to-5 run to finish the half, punctuated by a Mavunga layup, giving OSU a 49-28 lead as the teams went to the locker room.

The second half saw more of the same for the Buckeyes, as they never took their foot off the gas, eventually cruising to the 94-64 win.

Jaida Travascio-Green led Penn State with 14 points. Teniya Page was right behind her with 13 points and seven rebounds. Carter finished with 12 points for the Lady Lions, she also had nine rebounds.

Notes

  • Kelsey Mitchell moved into fourth place in NCAA history on the career scoring list. She now has 3,125 career points and passed Jerica Coley (3,107), Lorri Bauman (3,115) and Patricia Hoskins (3,122) in the game.
  • Mitchell tied the NCAA record for consecutive games with a three-point field goal as she has now made at least one three in 80-straight games. That ties Heather Butler’s mark who made a three in 80-straight from 2011-13 for UT Martin.
  • This was Mitchell’s first game with five or more threes since making seven in the win over FGCU on Nov. 24, 2017.
  • Linnae Harper recorded her ninth double-double on the season and her third in as many games with 13 points and 10 rebounds
  • Harper has scored in double-figures in all 23 games this season
  • Stephanie Mavunga notched her 11th double-double of the year and the 49th of her career with 19 points and 11 boards.
  • Mavunga recorded four blocks in the game marking her seventh game this season with four or more blocks
  • Mavunga recorded her 1,500th career point in the game
  • This was the fifth time this season that Mavunga and Harper each had a double-double in the same game
  • Alexa Hart scored a season-high 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting. This was Hart’s first game in double-figures since scoring 10 points vs. Memphis on Nov. 23, 2017.
  • Ohio State dished-out a season-high 23 assists
  • The Buckeyes committed a season-low seven turnovers
  • The 94 points were the most in Big Ten play and the most since scoring 103 vs. Dartmouth on Dec. 15, 2017.

Up Next

The Buckeyes hit the road to take on Wisconsin in a Big Ten clash this weekend. Tipoff against the Badgers is set for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The game airs on the Big Ten Network.