November 27, 2021

Buckeyes Tame Bearcats 86-50 on Saturday Evening

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21/24 Ohio State women’s basketball team (5-0) used a dominant 33-12 first quarter to defeat Cincinnati (3-3) by an 86-50 margin on Saturday evening inside the Covelli Center.

How it Happened

Taylor Mikesell scored five second into the game and Ohio State put up seven points in the first minute to force a Cincinnati timeout. Jacy Sheldon completed a three-point play as the Buckeyes held the 19-6 advantage midway through the opening quarter. OSU scored the final 12 points of the quarter to take a 33-12 lead after 10 minutes of play.

The teams traded baskets to begin the second as Ohio State held the 40-22 lead at the media timeout midway through the second quarter. Scoring slowed as neither team made a basket in the last 3:40 of the quarter. The Buckeyes took a 20-point lead into the locker room, leading 47-27.

A three-pointer from Rebeka Mikulášiková early put her in double figures. A 6-0 Buckeyes run before the media timeout extended OSU’s lead to 57-31 midway through the third quarter. The Ohio State defense allowed only two UC field goals in the final eight minutes of the quarter as the OSU offense built the lead up to 30 points, 69-39, going into the final quarter.

Ohio State scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to increase the lead to 78-39 with just over six minutes remaining. The Bearcats scored the final seven points of the game as the Buckeyes earned the 86-50 victory.

Highlights

Q1: Taylor Mikesell three-pointer

Q1: Jacy Sheldon and-one

Q1: Rikki Harris save

Q1: Jacy Sheldon buzzer beater

Q3: Rebeka Mikulášiková post move

Q3: Taylor Mikesell three-pointer

Q4: Kateri Poole reverse layup

Q4: Gabby Hutcherson three-pointer

Game Notes

  • Jacy Sheldon and Taylor Mikesell have scored in double figures every game this season as Sheldon finished with 17 points after reaching 10 in the first quarter and Mikesell finished with 15 points. Mikesell has had at least three triples in each game this season.
  • Rebeka Mikulášiková reached double figures for the fourth-straight game, tying her career-high 19 points for the third time this season.
  • Kateri Poole recorded her third double-figure game in a row, tying her season-high 12 points.
  • Q1: Ohio State scored seven points in the first minute and nine unanswered points to open the game. The Buckeyes made their first eight two-point attempts.
  • Q1: The Buckeyes shot 12-of-17 (.706) from the floor, 4-of-7 (.571) from three-point range and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line during the quarter. The OSU defense forced 11 turnovers in the quarter.
  • Q3: OSU’s defense did not allow a three-pointer in the quarter.
  • Q4: Ohio State opened the quarter with the first nine points.

What They Said

Head Coach Kevin McGuff

On the team through the first five games:  

“I think we’ve gotten better since we started but we still have a long way to go. I think we’re a little further ahead on offense than we are on defense. We’ve got to make sure our defense continues to get better and our rebounding.”

On setting the tone of the game with a quick start:

“I thought we did that tonight. I thought we imposed our will on the game from the start and I thought that was going to be important because they have a talented team. If we let them come in and feel good about themselves early, we’d be in for a struggle of a game.”

On Kateri Poole’s play:

“She’s making great strides and great progress and I think you saw that tonight. Last game she scored it really well. Today, I thought she made sure we moved the ball really well. She’s really important to us, especially with Madison [Greene] going down, we really need [Kateri] to have a great year and she’s really been working at it.”

Up Next

The Buckeyes head to Syracuse for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and the first road game of the 2021-22 season on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. as the game will be broadcast on the ACC Network.

Tickets for the 2021-22 season in Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center are now available. Fans can purchase season tickets and 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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