November 23, 2017

Buckeyes Blitz Memphis 100-69 in Play4Kay Opener


Nov. 23, 2017

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Stephanie Mavunga scored a career-high 35 points to lead No. 9/8 Ohio State to a 100-69 victory over Memphis on the opening day of Play4Kay Showcase at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Mavunga started red hot and notched a season-high 19 points in the first quarter alone on 8-of-9 shooting. She also grabbed 16 rebounds for her fifth double-double in the first six games.

A total of five Buckeyes finished in double-figures on the night. In addition to Mavunga, Kelsey Mitchell had 20 points and made three three-point field goals. She is now just three triples away from tying the all-time NCAA record.

Alexa Hart scored 10 points and in the process, notched her 1,000th career point. She is the 34th Buckeye to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Linnae Harper and Asia Doss also finished with 10 points on the night.

Another milestone hit with this win was head coach Kevin McGuff notched his 100th victory at Ohio State. He now has a career record of 355-144 in this his 16th season as a head coach and a 100-45 mark in four-plus seasons as OSU.

The Buckeyes shot a season-best 52 percent and topped the 100-point mark for the first time this year.

OSU took control from the opening tip and raced to a 21-6 lead. Mavunga scored 15 of the first 21 points for the Buckeyes who would shoot 67 percent in the first quarter. Mavunga finished the quarter with 19 points, besting Memphis’ total as a team as OSU led 35-17.

The blitz continued for the first three minutes of the second quarter as the Buckeyes pushed the lead to as many as 26 points at 47-21. OSU would then go scoreless for a stretch of 3:25 and without a field goal for nearly four minutes but Memphis was only able to cut the margin to 19 points. The Buckeyes regrouped and led 56-34 at the break.

The Buckeyes pushed the lead to 32 points midway through the third quarter and eventually to as many as 41 points and Memphis wouldn’t get within 30 at any point the rest of the way.

Ohio State advances to the second round to face Florida Gulf Coast who defeated DePaul 89-84 in overtime in the tournament’s first game on Thursday. This will be the Buckeyes’ third meeting with Florida Gulf Coast in a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in the last four years. OSU won 90-83 in double-overtime at the 2014 Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands and then topped the Eagles 79-66 at last year’s Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla.