December 7, 2021

Buckeyes Roll Past Mount St. Mary’s 94-50

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20/21 Ohio State women’s basketball team (7-1, 1-0 Big Ten) rolled to a 94-50 victory over Mount St. Mary’s (1-7) on Tuesday evening inside Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center.

Jacy Sheldon scored a game-high 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting. She also notched four rebounds, four assists and a career-high tying four steals. Sheldon was one of five Buckeyes in double-figures as Taylor Mikesell finished with 15 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Rebeka Mikulasikova, Tanaya Beacham and Gabby Hutcherson all chipped-in with 13 points.

For Hutcherson, the 13 points were a career-high. Mikulasikova has now scored in double-figures in each of the last seven games and Beacham notched a season-high.

How it Happened

Ohio State raced out to a 25-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks to 4-of-7 shooting from long range. The hot shooting continued in the second quarter as the Buckeyes were 11-of-15 (68.8 percent) in the quarter and built a 51-22 lead at the break.

Ohio State forced nine turnovers in the second quarter and 15 total turnovers in the first half. Sheldon and Hutcherson led the Buckeyes with 13 points a piece at halftime.

The shooting didn’t slow in the third quarter as the Buckeyes used an 8-0 run to build a 71-30 lead. Sheldon had a pair of lay-ins and Beacham and Mikesell each added jumpers during the run. The Buckeyes led by 38 headed to the fourth quarter and would score the first 10 points of the fourth to take their largest lead of the night at 85-37.

Mount St. Mary’s connected on three triples in the fourth but the Buckeyes scored the final five points and came away with their second-largest margin of victory this season.

Game Notes

  • The Buckeyes shot 50 percent or better in all four quarters, including a 68.8 percent in the second quarter
  • Ohio State dished-out 23 assists, which was a season-high. The last time OSU registered 23 assists in a game was Dec. 17, 2019 when it had 25 at Sacramento State
  • Gabby Hutcherson scored a season-high eight points in the first quarter alone and finished with a career-high 13 points. That topping her previous career-high of 12 points which she scored last year at Illinois on Jan. 7, 2021
  • Jacy Sheldon has scored in double-figures every game this season after scoring a game-high 19 points vs. Mount St. Mary’s.
  • Taylor Mikesell was 3-of-4 shooting from long range and has now hit three or more three-pointers in every game this season
  • Ohio State shot 56.3 percent on the night, marking it’s fifth game this season shooting 50 percent or better
  • The Buckeyes made a season-high tying 10 three-pointers in the game.
  • Nine different Buckeyes scored at least two points and 10 or the 11 players that saw action grabbed at least one rebound
  • Ohio State held Mount St. Mary’s under 40 percent shooting and no Mountaineer scored in double-figures

What They Said

Head Coach Kevin McGuff

On his thoughts on the game…
“We wanted to make sure we focused on ourselves and got better, and I thought we did a decent job tonight. We’ve had games where we’ve been the more talented team the past couple of weeks, and in some of those games, we kind of got away from what we were trying to get better at. But I thought tonight we were pretty sound defensively for the most part. We had a little stretch in the second half where we turned it over, but for the most part, we took care of the ball and executed and got a quality shot.”

On what he took away from the game…
“It’s just like you said, keeping the ball, not turning it over and executing. Also, you know, we got to play some people that are still kind of finding a way in terms of rotation and I thought we got some good minutes out of Gabby (Hutcherson). I thought she played really well. Ricky (Harris) continues to give quality minutes off the bench. And I think Taylor Thierry showed a little of her potential there in the fourth quarter.”

Up Next

Ohio State continues its home stand as No. 10/8 Indiana comes to Columbus on Sunday evening for a 7 p.m. tip. The game will be broadcast live on BTN and AM 1460.

Tickets for the 2021-22 season in Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center are now available. Fans can purchase mini planssingle-game tickets and group tickets. All group tickets must be bought in advance by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS and then selecting option two. Fans with ticketing questions should call the Ohio State Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS or email athletic.tix@osu.edu.

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