January 26, 2023

Mikesell Scores 2,000th in Indiana Loss


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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 2/5 Ohio State Buckeyes (19-2, 8-2 B1G) fell to No. 6/6 Indiana (19-1, 9-1 B1G) by a 78-65 margin in Bloomington on Thursday night.

Ohio State got out to a quick start to take an early 16-8 lead, but Indiana had the 17-16 lead after one quarter. The Buckeyes used a 7-0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 36-32 lead into halftime. Indiana had a 27-6 advantage in the third quarter to hold a 59-42 lead after 30 minutes. Ohio State had the advantage in the fourth but couldn’t get closer than eight points.

Taylor Mikesell scored her 2,000th career point to begin the game and finished with 15 points. Cotie McMahon was the first Buckeye to reach double figures, doing so in the second quarter and finishing with 21 points. Taylor Thierry also scored in double figures, finishing with 13 points and matched her career-high 12 rebounds for her first career double-double.

How it Happened

Mikesell’s 2,000th career point opened scoring for the contest as the teams traded points. Ohio State scored seven-unanswered points to take an 11-5 lead and held the 14-8 advantage at the media timeout. Indiana scored the final seven points of the first quarter to take a 17-16 lead after 10 minutes.

Cotie McMahon began things in the second quarter to take the lead back for Ohio State. The teams traded the lead twice before a 7-0 Buckeye run, including five from McMahon, gave OSU the 27-23 advantage with 5:32 to play before halftime. McMahon stretched her second-quarter points to 11 as the Buckeyes led 31-27 at the media timeout. Scoring was even to wrap up the first half with Ohio State up 36-32.

Both teams started slowly in the third quarter as each had only two points in the first two-and-a-half minutes. The Hoosiers then scored 11-unanswered points to take a 43-38 lead midway through the quarter. Indiana made two more three-pointers out of the media to stretch the lead to 49-38, forcing an OSU timeout with 3:45 to play. The Hoosiers ended the third quarter with a 59-42 lead.

Ohio State scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to get within 10 at 59-49 with eight minutes to play. The Buckeyes cut the deficit to single digits multiple times with the Hoosiers answering each time. Ohio State would get no closer than eight.


Q1: Taylor Mikesell 2,000th career point

Q2: Eboni Walker steal and score

Q2: Taylor Mikesell pass to Cotie McMahon

Q2: Rikki Harris stretch pass to Taylor Mikesell

Q3: Cotie McMahon and-one

Q4: Taylor Mikesell off the in-bounds pass

Game Notes

  • Taylor Mikesell reached 2,000 career points with her first basket of the game. She finished with 15 points, scoring 10+ for the 20th time this season.
  • Cotie McMahon was the first Buckeye to reach double figures, doing so for the 13th time this season. McMahon had 18 points in the first half on her way to 21 total points, reaching 20+ point for the eighth time this season.
  • Taylor Thierry reached double figures for the 15th time this season and totaled 13 points. She matched her career-high 12 rebounds to earn the first double-double of her career.
  • Q2: The Buckeyes shot 8-of-14 (.571) from the field during the quarter.

Up Next

Ohio State returns home on Sunday to host Purdue at 1 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes will be honoring the 1992-93 team at halftime. Sunday’s game is also the pride game.

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