COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore forward Dorka Juhasz scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Buckeyes broke open a tight game in the third quarter and claimed an 80-70 victory Sunday afternoon in front of a very nice crowd inside Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes’ win is their second in a row and their 10th consecutive against the Lady Lions as OSU improves to 10-6 on the year and 3-2 in the Big Ten.
Juhasz’ double-double was her third of the season and the 14th of her career. She was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and tied a career-high with four steals.
Freshman Kierstan Bell and sophomore Janai Crooms each added a spark off the bench. Bell scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half and hit three three-pointers for the third time in the last three four games. Crooms also had a solid second half as she scored eight of her 10 points after the break. The Cranston, R.I. native added nine assists, six rebounds and three steals.
Sophomore Aaliyah Patty battled foul trouble but was still effective as she had 13 points, six rebounds and two steals.
The Buckeyes forced Penn State into 22 turnovers and scored 26 points off those miscues. The other key in the game was the Buckeye ball movement. Defensively, Penn State was in a zone for most of the game, forcing the Buckeyes to move the ball and find the gaps. After a slow start, OSU found its footing and ended up assisting on 22 of 30 made field goals. On the other end, the Lady Lions worked a bit harder for their buckets and had just five assists.
After trailing by two at the end of the first quarter, the Buckeyes went on a 17-2 run in the second quarter to turn a four-point deficit into a 30-19 lead and OSU would eventually lead by seven at the break. In the third quarter the teams combined to score 57 points as the Buckeyes shot 66.7 percent and were 5-of-9 from long range. OSU’s 33 points in the quarter were the second-most in any quarter this season and its third quarter of 30+ points. That helped shove the lead out to 66-50 with a quarter to play.
The fourth quarter wasn’t the smoothest of quarters for the Buckeyes as PSU cut the lead to eight on three different occasions but Ohio State was never really threatened in the final 10 minutes.
OSU made 10 threes on Sunday after knocking-down a season-high 11 threes in the win over Michigan on Thursday.
The Buckeyes completed a tough week of three games in six days by winning two of those games. They will look to continue that momentum this Thursday as they travel to Michigan State for a 6 p.m. tip on BTN. OSU swept the season series with the Spartans last year.