Jan. 7, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Kelsey Mitchell scored a season-high 37 points and the Buckeye defense stepped-up down the stretch to secure a key 78-71 overtime victory at No. 22 Michigan on Sunday.
Mitchell scored 27 of her 37 points after halftime, including nine of the 14 points in the extra session. She is now just two points away from becoming the 13th player in NCAA history to score 3,000 career points.
Sierra Calhoun hit a season-high tying four three pointers, which including a clutch shot from the corner in overtime, and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Buckeyes limited one of the better three-point shooting teams in the league to just 4-of-15 for the game. Hallie Thome had 27 points and Katelyn Flaherty scored 22 but no other UM player finished in double-figures.
Mitchell and Calhoun both made a pair of threes in the opening quarter and the Buckeyes shot 56 percent to lead 24-18 after the first. But the second quarter was a different story. The Buckeyes were 3-of-14 shooting and scored just six points but were able to hold Michigan to just 11 points and would hold a slim 30-29 lead at the break.
Neither team was able to take more than a four-point lead at any point in the third quarter. The play got a little chippy in the quarter which setup a fun fourth quarter and overtime.
The teams traded baskets for most of the fourth quarter. A Mitchell three with four and a half minutes to play gave the Buckeyes a two point lead and a big three-ball from Nicole Munger just 20 seconds later gave the Wolverines the lead back at 61-60 with 4:14 to play.
Mitchell hit two free throws to retake the lead and then Flaherty hit a three from the wing to give UM a 64-62 lead with exactly a minute to go. Mitchell again answered with a coast-to-coast layup to tie the game and neither team was able to score in the waning seconds.
Mitchell opened the overtime period with a deep three and then scored on a drive to give the Buckeyes a 69-65 lead. Calhoun also added a three to push the lead to 72-67 and the margin never got closer than five the rest of the extra frame.
Ohio State will have the next week off before traveling to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Indiana on Saturday, Jan. 13. The game will start at Noon and will be televised on BTN. The Buckeyes downed Indiana 85-70 on Dec. 31 in Columbus.