COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a frustrating game on Monday, No. 11 Ohio State got back in the win column on Thursday, thanks in large part to a career-high 29 points from sophomore Jacy Sheldon, as the Buckeyes downed Iowa 92-87.
The win pushes Ohio State to 11-2 on the season and the Buckeyes sweep the season series with Iowa for the first time since 2008.
Sheldon had struggled in her last two games, shooting just 3-of-20 and had her streak of 16 games in double figures snapped. But she bounced back in a big way on Thursday. The Dublin, Ohio native was 8-of-12 from the floor and a career-best 12-of-14 from the free throw line.
Dorka Juhasz continued her double-double streak with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Fellow forward Aaliyah Patty chipped-in with 15 points and six rebounds.
The Buckeyes had 20 assists on the night with nine coming from their point guard Madison Greene. Those nine assists were a career-high and went along with her 12 points. Senior Braxtin Miller finished with six points, five assists and team steals.
Ohio State has now won 22 consecutive games when scoring more than 80 points. This was also the first time scoring 90 point since Dec. 10 against Miami (Ohio)
For the third consecutive game, the Buckeyes got off to a slow start, letting Iowa run out to a 9-2 lead. But they fought back with three three-pointers and eventually led 18-16 after the first. In the second, the Buckeyes shoved the lead out to as many 13 points behind nine points in the quarter by Patty. OSU led 41-30 at the break.
Ohio State shoved the lead out to as many as 16 in the third quarter, but Iowa ended the quarter on a 14-7 run to trim the margin to 63-57 with 10 minutes to play. The Buckeyes were never able to stretch the lead to a comfortable margin in the fourth quarter, but they did enough to claim their 11th win of the season.
The Buckeyes will remain at home to host Minnesota on Sunday at 1 p.m. This will be the only meeting this season between the two teams.