February 11, 2018

Buckeyes Overwhelmed Down South, Fall to USF 84-65


Feb. 11, 2018

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TAMPA, Fla. – Kitija Laksa got hot early and led No. 22 South Florida to an 84-65 victory Sunday afternoon over Ohio State at the Sun Dome.

The loss snapped the Buckeyes four-game winning streak and drops them to 20-6 on the season.

Stephanie Mavunga had a great game inside for the Buckeyes, scoring 28 points to go along with six rebounds and four blocks.

Point guard Kelsey Mitchell added 19 points while Sierra Calhoun was 3-of-6 from long range and finished with 11 points.

Laksa was the story of the day as she scored a career-high 41 points on 8-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc. Maria Jespersen added 20 points for USF.

The Bulls held a 46-26 edge on the glass and a 17-4 advantage in second chance points. The Buckeyes were limited to one shot attempt on many trips and USF had an answer every time OSU tried to make any kind of run.

South Florida was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and led 17-4 on the glass in the opening quarter which led to a 31-13 advantage. The Buckeyes tried to get back into it in the second quarter behind Mavunga, who had 13 points in the quarter, but was only able to cut the lead to 46-32 at the break.

USF kept its foot on the pedal down in the second half and didn’t allow Ohio State to build any momentum. The lead would swell to as many as 28 points midway through the fourth quarter as Laksa continued her assault from behind the arc.

Up Next
The Buckeyes don’t have much to time get ready for their next game as they are at Illinois on Tuesday, Feb. 13. This will be the only meeting this season between the two teams. The game is set to tip-off at 8 p.m. ET and will be streamed on BTN2Go.