December 17, 2017

Third Quarter Push Lifts Buckeyes Past Cincinnati 87-76

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Dec. 17, 2017

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CINCINNATI, Ohio – A 31-point third quarter broke open a one-point game and gave the Buckeyes enough of a cushion to hold off Cincinnati 87-76 on Sunday at St. Ursula Academy.

Cincinnati native Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high 31 points and dished-out a career-high nine assists to go along with seven rebounds. Just as important as the assists was the fact that Mitchell finished the game with just one turnover in 38 minutes.

Linnae Harper and Sierra Calhoun also came up big for the Buckeyes who improved to 11-2 on the season. Harper notched a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds while Calhoun notched 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Stephanie Mavunga battled foul trouble most of the day but still finished with nine points and six rebounds.

UC fed off the sellout crowd’s emotion in the opening half as they scored point for point with the Buckeyes. Doss hit a three from the corner to give the Buckeyes a two point lead after the first quarter and the margin was just 38-37 Buckeyes at halftime.

The Buckeyes scored 31 points in the third quarter, paced by 14 from Calhoun and 12 from Mitchell to open up a 69-56 lead after three. OSU built as much as a 20-point lead early in the fourth and was never really threatened the rest of the afternoon.

Notes

  • This was the Buckeyes’ third-straight win over Cincinnati and they are now 19-4 all-time against their in-state foe.
  • Kelsey Mitchell dished-out a career-high nine assists. She is now tied with Ameryst Alston for No. 7 on the OSU career charts with 455 in her career.
  • Mitchell moved into second place in OSU school history with 784 free throws made in her career. She passed Tayler Hill who made 581.
  • This was Mitchell’s sixth 30-point game of the season and the 26th of her career.
  • Linnae Harper recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. This was her first double-double since the championship game of the Play4Kay Showcase vs. Stanford on Nov. 25.
  • Sierra Calhoun scored 14 of her 20 points in the third quarter to help the Buckeyes build a 13-point lead. This was Calhoun’s third-straight game of 20 or more points. This was also the fourth time in the last six games that she has made four three-pointers.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will break for Christmas and then jump into Big Ten play when they open on the road at Nebraska on Dec. 28. The game will start at 8 p.m. ET and will be shown on the Big Ten Network.