January 10, 2017

Buckeyes Fall to Hot-Shooting Michigan State 94-75


Jan. 10, 2017


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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State senior Tori Jankoska scored a school-record 42 points and the Spartans would shoot their way to a 94-75 victory over Ohio State Tuesday night in the Breslin Center.

The loss was the first in Big Ten play for the Buckeyes who are now 14-5 overall and 4-1 in the conference.

It was simply Jankoska’s night as she was 8-of-19 from long range, 14-of-25 from the floor and had seven assists. It was also not the Buckeyes night as they shot a season-low 31.1 percent from the floor and were out-rebounded 52-40.

Kelsey Mitchell led four Buckeyes in double-figures with 13 points. Michigan native Asia Doss, as well as Alexa Hart and Kiara Lewis all added 11 points. Stephanie Mavunga grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to go along with nine points and three blocks.

The Spartans raced out to an early 11-point lead in the first quarter as they shot 55.6 percent from the floor and 6-of-7 from deep. Jankoska sparked a 9-0 run in the final 1:11 of the half to give MSU a 54-41 lead at the break. Jankoska had 31 points in the opening half.

The Buckeyes clawed back at the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth, cutting the lead to nine but all night, the Spartans had an answer to every Buckeye run.

Ohio State remains on the road as it heads to West Lafayette, Ind., on Sunday to take on an equally as hot Purdue team. The game starts at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.