November 15, 2017

Harper & Mavunga Double-up as Buckeyes Beat Vandals 99-56


Nov. 15, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Both Linnae Harper and Stephanie Mavunga had double-doubles in the first half and the Buckeyes made 13 three-pointers in a 99-56 victory over Idaho Wednesday evening.

The win marked the 1,000th in program history as the Buckeyes improve to 2-1 on the season while Idaho drops to 1-1.

Harper built on her great start to the season. She had 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. She also added a season-high three steals.

Harper drops a double-double and @OhioState_WBB crushes Idaho at home 99-56! Here is a recap of the Buckeye’s big night!

— BTN Student U (@BTNStudentU) November 16, 2017

Mavunga nearly matched her teammate, finishing with 17 points and 14 rebounds. It was also her second double-double of the year.

Kelsey Mitchell got off to a bit of slow start from a scoring standpoint but still made four three-pointers in the game and finished with 16 points. She also dished-out four assists and has had now at least four helpers in each of the first three games.

Junior guard Sierra Calhoun was also in double-figures with 15 points on 3-of-9 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Jensen Caretti enjoyed the best night of her young career, scoring a career-high 14 points and on 5-of-9 shooting anfd 2-of-4 from long range.

As a team, the Buckeyes made 13 three-pointers which came one game after tying the OSU single-game record with 17 three-pointers. OSU also grabbed 22 offensive rebounds and converted them into 19 points while Idaho had zero second chance points on just four offensive boards.

Mikayla Ferenz led the Vandals with 17 points while Geraldine McCorkell added 14 points.

Idaho led early 7-5 but the Buckeyes went on an 18-0 run to build a 23-7 lead and never looked back. They continued to build the lead throughout the second quarter and would lead 49-24 at the break.

The third quarter was more of the same as OSU made five three-pointers and shot nearly 53 percent from the floor. Senior forward Alexa Hart followed one of Mitchell’s three-pointers with one of her own late in the quarter, marking the first three-pointer of her career. Hart finished the game with seven points and is now just 26 points shy of 1,000 for her career.