March 7, 2019

Buckeyes Drop Big Ten Tourney Opener to Wisconsin 73-63

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Five Buckeyes scored in double figures but Wisconsin caught fire from long range and knocked-off Ohio State 73-63 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.

Dorka Juhász led the Buckeyes with 10 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the year. Carly Santoro made a pair of threes and finished with 11 points while Carmen Grande had 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Freshmen Janai Crooms and graduate Adreana Miller each chipped-in with 10 points.

The Badgers came into the game shooting just 28.4 percent from beyond the arc but made 11 of 17 attempts on Thursday for 64.7 percent. That was their best showing of the season and it helped them erase a 10-point halftime deficit. Kelly Karlis made all four of her long range attempts and finished with 24 points.

An 11-2 run early in the second quarter, spurred by a pair of threes from Grande, gave the Buckeyes a 26-14 lead and forced Wisconsin the use its second timeout of the half. OSU held the advantage through the end of the quarter and led 32-22 at the half. Grande led all scorers in the first 20 minutes with 10 points.

Wisconsin cut the lead to 35-32 midway through the third quarter and then Miller scored eight points in a row for the Buckeyes to push the lead back out to 46-37. The Badgers stayed close by hitting their last three three-pointers of the quarter and the Buckeye advantage was just 46-43 headed to the fourth.

Wisconsin made 4-of-5 three-point attempts in the fourth quarter and out-scored the Buckeyes 30-17 in the final stanza to secure the 73-63 victory.

The Buckeyes are 14-14 on the season and would qualify for postseason season based on the .500 record.