February 16, 2020

Huge Fourth Quarter Lifts Buckeyes Over #20 Hoosiers

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ohio State scored a season-high 31 points and made its final 11 shots of the game to comeback and steal an 80-76 victory at No. 20 Indiana on Sunday afternoon in Assembly Hall.

Indiana (20-7, 10-5) opened the fourth quarter with the first four points to give the Hoosiers a 59-49 lead. The Buckeyes (16-9, 9-5) regrouped and didn’t miss a shot over the final 8:10 to erase the deficit and claim its fourth win over a ranked team this season. This was also the 14th win in a row over Indiana.

Freshman guard Madison Greene backed up her career-high 25-point effort on Thursday night with 22 points, three assists and two steals on Sunday. She scored 14 points in the fourth quarter alone on 4-of-4 from floor, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and 4-of-4 from the line.

Fellow freshman Jacy Sheldon scored nine of her 16 points in the fourth quarter on 4-of-5 shooting. She was 7-of-10 for the game and made a couple of threes.

Dorka Juhasz battled foul trouble in the second half but was the spark the Buckeyes needed in the first half. She finished with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Freshman Kierstan Bell came off the bench to pour in 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. This was her seventh game in the last eight with multiple three-pointers.

Braxtin Miller also played big minutes, scoring eight points and dishing out a game-high seven assists. Janai Crooms had four points and six rebounds while Rebeka Mikulasikova added six points and five rebounds.

The Buckeyes hung around in the first half, not giving in to the Hoosiers attack and the large crowd of 6,142 fans, which was the ninth-most for a women’s game all-time at Assembly Hall. They shot 40 percent in the first half and trailed just 36-34 at the break.

The third quarter was tough to watch as it was marred by 14 combined fouls and just 9-of-12 shooting between the two teams. Indiana was able to push its advantage to 55-49 headed to the fourth.

The Buckeyes then put together their best fourth quarter of the season at just the right time. The 31 points topped the 27 points from the game at Sacramento State on Dec. 17.

Ohio State has now scored 78 or more points in all five games of the current five-game winning streak.

The Buckeyes return home on Wednesday to host Nebraska at 7 p.m. The two teams played a great game earlier this year in Lincoln as the Buckeyes came away with an 80-74 overtime victory.

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