COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the game tied 37-37 with five minutes left in the third quarter, Ohio State freshmen guards Jacy Sheldon and Kierstan Bell sparked a 19-0 run and the Buckeyes never looked back in a 77-47 victory over Illinois Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena.
Ohio State went on to outscore the Fighting Illini 40-10 over the final 15 minutes, limiting Illinois to just 4-of-22 shooting and forcing six turnovers during that stretch.
Bell scored the final nine points of the third quarter and had 12 of her career-high 19 points in the second half. She also grabbed a career-high eight rebounds and has now scored in double figures in four of the last six games.
Sheldon made a pair of three-pointers and finished with 10 points. She has now made her last five three-pointers.
Fellow freshman Rebeka Mikulasikova notched 12 points and made her lone three-point attempt to improve to 15-of-30 from long range on the season.
The Buckeye push in the fourth quarter was due in large part to freshman Kae Satterfield. She played the final 10 minutes and tied her career-high with nine points and grabbed a career-high five rebounds while going 4-of-4 from the floor. She also knocked down a three which was her first since the season-opener back on Nov. 10.
Madison Greene was a career-best 3-of-4 from long range and finished with 11 points and two assists. As a team, the Buckeyes were 11-of-22 from deep which matched a season-high.
The Ohio State freshmen combined to score 61 of the team’s 77 points in the game including 43 of 45 points in the second half.
The Illini hit three three-pointers in the first five minutes of the third quarter to pull even at 37-37. Sheldon then had a lay-in and a three from the wing which was followed by a lay-in and a three from the top of the key by Bell. That was enough to spark what was a 19-0 run that spanned the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter. Illinois wasn’t able to do anything to slow the Buckeyes over the final 15 minutes.
While holding Illinois to just 4-of-22 shooting in the final stretch, the Buckeyes made 15 of their last 22 shots.
Ohio State heads back out on the road this week to take on Iowa on Thursday evening. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET and can be seen on BTN.