December 1, 2021

Buckeyes Fall in Road Opener in Big Ten/ACC Challenge


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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The No. 18/20 Buckeyes (5-1) suffered their first loss of the season at Syracuse (4-4) by a 97-91 margin in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday night.

Taylor Mikesell recorded her first 20-point game in the Scarlet and Gray, finishing with 21 points. Jacy Sheldon led the OSU offense with 23 points, her third 20-point game of the season. Rebeka Mikulášiková scored in double figures for the fifth-consecutive game.

How it Happened

Syracuse scored the first points of the game with a three-pointer. Rebeka Mikulášiková opened scoring for the Buckeyes as OSU scored the next 13 points to take a 13-3 lead and force a Syracuse timeout midway through the first quarter. The Orange went on a 9-0 run to trim the lead to 15-12 with just under two minutes to play in the first quarter. Ohio State held the 23-17 advantage after 10 minutes.

The teams traded baskets to begin the second quarter. The Orange used a 7-0 run to take a 29-27 lead, its first since leading 3-0, midway through the quarter. The Buckeyes scored eight-unanswered points to take a 39-33 lead with 1:22 to play in the half and led 39-36 going into the locker room.

The Orange opened the half with six-straight points to take a 42-39 lead two minutes into the third quarter and force a Buckeyes timeout. OSU took the lead back on Taylor Mikesell’s third triple of the game but back-to-back Syracuse baskets gave the home team the 48-46 lead at the media timeout. After the Buckeyes took a 50-48, neither team scored consecutive baskets until a 7-0 Syracuse run gave the Orange its largest lead of the game, 63-57. Syracuse led by a 65-58 margin after 30 minutes.

Syracuse opened fourth-quarter scoring, but Rikki Harris responded with a three-pointer for the next points on the floor. The Buckeyes trailed by nine, 76-67, at the media timeout. The Orange made 17 free throws in the final four minutes to extend its lead to 97-88 to end the night.

Game Notes

  • Taylor Mikesell recorded her first 20-point game as a Buckeye, also sinking a career-high five triples.
  • Sheldon recorded her third 20-point game of the season, totaling 21 points.
  • Rebeka Mikulášiková reached double figures for the fifth-straight game, doing so with 11 points in the first quarter. She finished with 16 points.
  • Mikesell and Jacy Sheldon both scored in double figures to continue their streaks of double-figure scoring in each game this season.
  • Mikesell has at least four three-pointers in five of six games this season.
  • Tanaya Beacham scored in double figures for the second time this season, totaling 11 points.
  • Q1: After Syracuse’s first basket, the Buckeyes’ defense held the Orange off the board for nearly five minutes.
  • Q1: Ohio State shot 55.6 percent from the floor and tallied eight points off six forced turnovers.
  • H1: The Buckeyes led in rebounds, 24-16, and assists, 9-6, during the first half.
  • Ohio State out-rebounded Syracuse by a 39-33 mark.

What They Said

Head Coach Kevin McGuff

On Ohio State’s game:  

“We had a chance I thought, in the beginning we started out, we played really hard, we were together. We were really competing and then we quit doing those things. I think the biggest key is we gave them a lot of confidence early. I think we could’ve taken that from them if we kept playing as hard as we did to start the game.”

Up Next

The Buckeyes open Big Ten play on the road on Sunday as they face Purdue. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. in a game broadcast live on B1G+ and AM 1460.

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