Jan. 16, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 8 Ohio State couldn’t overcome a tough shooting night and would fall to No. 19 Michigan 84-75 on Tuesday at the Value City Arena.
Despite a strong defensive effort during the first two quarters of the game, in which Michigan was forced into 12 turnovers, Ohio State’s shooting struggles allowed Michigan to come out with the win. The Buckeyes shot 36.1 percent from the field on 26-of-72 shooting including 6-of-30 from 3-point range.
Stephanie Mavunga led Ohio State with 21 points (7-of-10), eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Kelsey Mitchell contributed with 20 points including four three-pointers and Linnae Harper added her own 15 points and four steals. Asia Doss’ defensive presence could be felt throughout the game, where she recorded three steals.
Although they committed 21 turnovers, the Wolverines shot a 53.7 percent, an OSU opponent high for the season, from the field and 57.1 percent from beyond the arc, allowing them to pull away down the stretch.
Michigan’s Hallie Thome had a game-high 27 points (11-of-17), 11 rebounds and one block. Katelynn Flaherty added to the total with 21 points (7-of-18), four rebounds and three assists.
Ohio State has the next five days off to prepare for perhaps its toughest week of the season. The Buckeyes will play at No. 14 Maryland on Monday, at No. 20 Iowa on Thursday and then host Michigan State on Saturday.