SEATTLE, Wash. — Dorka Juhász and Makayla Waterman each scored 11 points but Ohio State wasn’t able to overcome its miscues in a tough 69-59 setback at Washington on Wednesday evening in Alaska Airlines Arena.
Waterman grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Juhász was close behind with six. Najah Queenland was 4-of-5 from the floor and finished with eight points and a game-high four steals.
The difference in the game were the turnovers. The Buckeyes turned the ball over a season-high 21 times which stunted every comeback effort.
Amber Melgoza led the Huskies as she scored 28 points which was one off a season high.
The Buckeyes opened the game sluggish as they were 1-of-12 shooting with four turnovers in the first eight minutes and found themselves in a 13-3 hole. Juhász made her first collegiate three at the buzzer of the opening quarter and despite shooting 20 percent, the Buckeyes trailed just 15-11.
The second quarter didn’t get any smoother for either side. UW was able to push the lead out to as many as 10 points but the Buckeyes continued to hang around as Queenland and Waterman each made a couple of buckets in the paint. The Washington lead was only 32-26 at the break.
The Huskies took advantage of a number of Buckeyes turnovers and took its largest lead of the game at 14 points. OSU opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to just five at 49-44. But that was as close as they would get as the Huskies closed strong to secure the victory.
The Buckeyes will break for final exams and not return to the court until Sunday, Dec. 16 when they host the Florida Gators at St. John Arena. Ohio State will honor Buckeye legend Katie Smith for her recent induction into both the Women’s Basketball and Naismith Hall of Fames.