Dec. 17, 2017
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.
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.