WBK: Santoro Scores 14, Juhász Doubles-up on Opening Night
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Graduate Carly Santoro scored 14 points in her Ohio State debut and freshman Dorka Juhász notched a double-double in her first collegiate game as the Buckeyes fell in the season-opener 71-47 to No. 22 USF.
Santoro scored eight of her 14 points in the third quarter as she was 5-of-8 from the floor and had three rebounds. Juhász scored 10 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
Najah Queenland chipped-in with six points on 2-of-3 shooting. Freshman Aaliyah Patty scored four points, grabbed three rebounds, had three steals and blocked a pair of shots in her collegiate debut.
USF’s All-American candidate Kitija Laksa and Beatriz Jordao each scored a game-high 17 points as the Bulls held a 48-32 edge on the glass and outscored the Buckeyes 15-5 in second chance points.
With eight new faces on its roster, the Buckeyes struggled to find a groove offensively, shooting just 29 percent from the floor. USF wasn’t much better at 36.8 percent but the rebounding advantage and free throw shooting (24-of-29) helped the Bulls pull away for the season-opening win.
The Buckeyes remain at home this week and will host Detroit Mercy on Friday evening at 7 p.m. The teams have met six times previously but not since 1995.