By Nick Gonzalez, OSU Athletics Communications
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With an intense defensive effort fueling a fast-paced offensive attack, Ohio State was able to develop and maintain a steady advantage over Nebraska Wednesday night, defeating the Cornhuskers 65-52 at Value City Arena. The win completed a season sweep against the Cornhuskers.
Extending its current winning streak to six games, Ohio State (17-9, 10-5) now finds itself tied with Indiana for fourth place in the conference. With the exception of a back-and-forth first quarter that consisted of both teams shooting a combined 11-of-40 from the field, the Buckeyes kept up a groove to hold firm control of the game until the final buzzer.
Leading Ohio State in points and rebounds was Dorka Juhasz, powering her way in the paint with a 16-point, 16-rebound effort. It was the 17th double-double of her career– a performance in which she bounced back quickly and effectively after starting off the game 0-of-4 from the field.
Braxtin Miller added 13 points herself on an efficient 6-of-9 from the field. While tonight marked one of her best individual games of the season, it was also a particularly special night, as she reached the 1,000 career point milestone during the third quarter.
Rounding out the starting frontcourt’s solid play was Aaliyah Patty, putting together an 11-point, seven-rebound game. This marked her 10th game this season with 10 or more points.
While the Buckeyes did improve their half court offensive production in the paint after the first quarter, it was the team’s three-point shooting in transition that propelled them to take control of the game. The spurt started with a Rebeka Mikulasikova three-pointer that sparked a 14-0 run in the second quarter that Nebraska never quite came back from. Ohio State ultimately shot 38.1 percent from beyond the arc, with first-year guards Jacy Sheldon and Kierstan Bell both making two three-pointers each. In the case of Bell specifically, this was her eighth game in the last nine that she hit multiple threes.
The Buckeyes also made sure to apply consistent defensive pressure all night, forcing Nebraska to commit 16 turnovers in addition to holding them to a mere 34.4 percent from the field and 10 percent (2-of-20) from long range. While the Cornhuskers made a slight comeback in the fourth quarter through outscoring the Buckeyes 19-12, ultimately this final stretch proved to come a bit too late, as Ohio State was able to withstand the final pressure applied to them to close out the game.
Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will be visiting the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-8, 8-7) in Piscataway, N.J. this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. It will be the team’s only regular season matchup of the season.