LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Freshman forward Rebeka Mikulasikova scored a season-high 19 points but South Dakota shot its way to a 68-53 victory over Ohio State Friday afternoon on day one of the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas.
Mikulasikova didn’t shoot it bad herself, going 5-of-9 from the floor, 2-of-3 from deep and 7-of-8 from the line. She also had four rebounds and a steal.
South Dakota used a big second quarter to take control of the game and never gave it up. The Coyotes seemed to hit the big shot when they needed it all game, including a number of makes at the end of the shot clock.
Freshman Kierstan Bell and Jacy Sheldon also scored in double figures for the Buckeyes. Bell finished with 12 points, a team-high tying five rebounds, three steals and the team’s lone block. Sheldon made a pair of threes and finished with 10 points.
South Dakota, who was led by Ciara Duffy with 22 points, outscored the Buckeyes 21-12 in the second quarter by shooting over 53 percent while limiting the Buckeyes to just 22 percent (4-of-18). That gave the Coyotes a 36-28 lead at the break.
Bell knocked-down a three and had a lay-in on the first two possessions of the second half to pull the Buckeyes within three at 36-33. But USD answered with an 11-2 run to shove the lead out to 10. Ohio State wouldn’t get any closer than seven the rest of the way.
The Buckeyes will conclude the showcase on Saturday against Northern Iowa. Tip-off is set for 8:45 p.m. ET. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.