Jan. 7, 2017


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Kelsey Mitchell scored 26 points, Stephanie Mavunga helped control the inside and No. 11 Ohio State survived a record-breaking day by Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty for a 96-87 victory on Saturday.

Mavunga had 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Buckeyes (14-4, 4-0 Big Ten), who had a 47-34 rebounding advantage, including 20-12 on the offensive end for 19 second-chance points. Tori McCoy added 14 points, one of three players off the bench in double figures as the Ohio State reserves outscored their Wolverine counterparts 40-12.

Shayla Cooper scored 13 points and pulled-down six rebounds. Guards Kiara Lewis and Linnae Harper were also in double-doubles as Lewis had 11 points and Harper added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Flaherty had a career-high 38 points, hitting a school record eight 3-pointers, helping the Wolverines (13-3, 2-1) to a season-best 13 3s on 25 attempts. Michigan lost for the first time in six games.

Ohio State, which has won five straight, made five straight baskets in a 10-2 third-quarter run to open a 65-54 lead. The Buckeyes took a 69-59 lead into the fourth and then made 8 of 16 shots and 10 of 12 free throws to hold off the Wolverines.

Postgame Notes

  • Kelsey Mitchell moved into fourth all-time in school history in scoring, passing former teammate Ameryst Alston. Mitchell now has 2,289 career points.
  • In addition to her 12 points and nine rebounds, Stephanie Mavunga swatted a season-high tying four shots.
  • The Buckeyes have now scored 87 or more points in eight-straight Big Ten games which extends their school-record.