Jan. 4, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 10/10 Ohio State University Buckeyes used a dominating performance to cruise to victory over the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, 91-75 on Thursday night at Value City Arena.
Stephanie Mavunga led Ohio State with 25 points, five rebounds and two blocks. This is Mavunga’s third game this season with over 20 points, and first one of the year against a Big Ten opponent.
Kelsey Mitchell poured in 21 points and dished out six assists. The senior now sits at 469 careers assists, just two behind Brandie Hoskins for No. 6 all-time at Ohio State. She’s also now just 129 points away from the No. 1 spot in Big Ten scoring history, and 39 points away from 3,000 for her career.
Asia Doss tallied 13 points while pulling down six rebounds and notching three assists. This is Doss’ first double-digit point game since she scored 14 at Florida on December 6.
Lianne Harper finished with 12 points, continuing her streak of scoring double-digit points in every game this season. Harper also snagged six rebounds and picked up three assists.
The Buckeyes drew first blood when Harper converted a turnover into a layup, but the Golden Gophers responded with a three to take the early lead 3-2. That, however, was the only the Minnesota would have in the game. OSU regained the lead on a Sierra Calhoun layup, and pushed the lead to 13-7 before Minnesota mounted a miniature rally to make it 13-12 with 3:56 left in the quarter. The Buckeyes closed the period on a 7-0 run, punctuated by a Mitchell jumper, to take a 20-12 lead into the second.
Ohio State opened the second on a 16-2 run to give them a comfortable lead, eventually taking a 49-20 halftime lead.
The Buckeyes continued to pour it on in the third, outscoring Minnesota 25-19 in the quarter to hold a 74-39 lead heading into the fourth.
Minnesota used a 36 point fourth to cut into the lead, but it was too little, too late as Ohio State cruised to a 91-75 victory.
Destiny Pitts led the Golden Gophers with a game high 28 points. Carlie Wagner and Gadiva Hubbard also scored double-digit points for Minnesota.
The Buckeyes hit the road to take on Michigan in a Big Ten clash this weekend. Tipoff against TTUN is set for Noon on Sunday and the game will air on ESPN2.