COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four Ohio State players scored in double figures and Dorka Juhasz grabbed 16 rebounds but Ohio made a couple more plays down the stretch to secure a 74-68 victory on Sunday at Value City Arena.
The loss was the first for the Buckeyes who are now 2-1 on the season.
Freshmen Kierstan Bell and Aixa Wone Aranaz each scored 12 points while Aaliyah Patty and Braxtin Miller chipped-in with 10 points apiece. Miller also had seven assists which was one off her career-high. Bell helped the Buckeyes climb back into the game in the fourth quarter with her defense as she finished the day with five steals.
Sophomore Dorka Juhasz scored nine points and tied her career-high with 16 rebounds. Freshman Madison Greene was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line and finished with eight points.
For Ohio, Amani Burke scored a game-high 23 points while Erica Johnson keyed the big third quarter spurt and finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Buckeyes led 32-30 at the break but the Bobcats came out of the locker room hot and swung the game with 23 points in the third quarter. Johnson was 3-of-3 from deep and Burke was 2-of-3 from long range as OU shot 67 percent in the quarter.
Ohio’s lead grew to as many as 12 points early in the fourth quarter before the Buckeyes dug in defensively. Miller hit a three from the wing and then Bell registered back-to-back steals on the press which led to lay-ins. That was followed by two free throws from Green which evened the score at 68-68 with 2:20 to go. But those were the last points of the game for the Buckeyes who missed their final five shots.
The game lacked any kind of flow all afternoon as the teams combined for 34 turnovers and 46 personal fouls.
Ohio State heads back out on the road this week to northeast Ohio to take on Kent State on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Ohio State and Kent State have played 13 times previously but this will be the first meeting since 1981.