By: Zach Elenin, OSU Athletics Communications
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman Madison Greene led the way in an impressive 99-76 Ohio State victory over Minnesota Thursday evening. Greene scored a career-high 25 points.
The win is a season high fourth in a row for the Buckeyes who improve to 15-9 on the year and 8-5 in conference play.
Greene had a spectacular overall performance. Along with her 25 points, she shot 8-of-11 from the floor and dished out a career best seven assists. Three of her assists led to shots from beyond the arc.
A trio of freshmen led the way as fellow first years Jacy Sheldon and Kiersten Bell had standout performances in addition to Greene. Sheldon went 6-of-8 totaling 19 points and shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Bell was 6-of-9 for 15 points and was 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point line.
The fourth Buckeye in double figures was sophomore Janai Crooms who shot an efficient 5-of-6 from the floor and had 10 points.
As a team, the Buckeyes had their best shooting game of the year as they shot a season high 55.7 percent from the floor and a season high 84 percent from the free throw line. They also had 19 assists and only eight turnovers as well as six steals.
Competition was tight at the end of the first quarter where it was tied 24-24. Minnesota was aided by three-point shots as they went 4-8 compared to Ohio State’s 2-5.
The Buckeyes began to break away in the second quarter where they had a strong defensive stand only allowing 13 points and scored 25. That allowed them to head into the break ahead 49-37. Minnesota came back stronger in the third quarter where they cut the score to 51-45 three minutes into the second half. The Buckeyes finished the quarter on a 22-12 run as Greene scored 12 of her 25 points in the quarter.
Ohio State remained composed and the game opened up in the fourth quarter where they outscored Minnesota 26-19 to finish with 99 points, which is the most points in a game against a Big 10 opponent since 2016.
Ohio State returns to action for a 2 p.m. tip-off on Sunday in Bloomington against Indiana. This will be the team’s first and only matchup of the regular season.