Feb. 25, 2018
February 25, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ohio State / Women’s Basketball Contact (Gary Petit – 614-292-3270 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Ohio State took care of business on Sunday and clinched an outright Big Ten Championship with an 89-64 victory Sunday afternoon at Penn State. The win also gives the Buckeyes the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament.
Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and dished-out six assists while Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper each notched double-doubles. Mavunga had 21 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks and Harper finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Ohio State shot nearly 50 percent and held a 48-29 edge on the boards which was really the difference in the game. The Lady Lions shot 38 percent but was limited to one shot on many trips.
The Buckeyes led early 11-8 at the media timeout of the opening quarter but then closed-out the quarter on a 13-4 run thanks to threes from Mitchell and Harper to take a 23-12 lead at the end of one. It was a slow start to the second quarter scoring wise for both sides but back-to-back three-point plays by Makayla Waterman and Mavunga sparked an 8-2 run and the Buckeyes would extend the lead to 42-27 at halftime.
The third quarter belonged to the Buckeyes as they came out of the locker room on a 12-2 run behind seven points from Mitchell and pushed the lead 59-32 midway through the quarter. That initial run removed any doubt as the Buckeyes led comfortably the rest of the way.
Ohio State has earned the No. 1 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes will play at Noon on Friday against the winner of the 8/9 game.