December 5, 2021

No. 18/20 Ohio State Earns Road Victory in Big Ten Opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team (6-1, 1-0 Big Ten) earned a 70-53 victory at Purdue (6-3, 0-1 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon in the Big Ten opener.

Taylor Mikesell (16) and Jacy Sheldon (12) continued their streaks of scoring in double figures in each game this season, while Braxtin Miller recorded a season-high 16 points and Rebeka Mikulášiková (13) also reached double figures. Mikesell recorded the Buckeyes’ first double-double of the season, adding 10 rebounds.

How it Happened

Ohio State opened scoring on the first possession on a layup from Kateri Poole. The Buckeyes scored the first six points of the game as Purdue began 0-of-5, but the Boilermakers tied the game at six and took an 8-6 lead midway through the opening quarter. OSU held a one-point lead, 11-10, at the media timeout with 3:23 to play. A Purdue triple brought them within one before the Buckeye defense locked down and didn’t allow a point in the final two minutes. OSU led 17-13 after 10 minutes of play.

The Boilermakers took its first lead of the game with the first seven points of the second quarter, 20-17. Poole got OSU on the board at the free-throw line to begin a 7-0 run for the Buckeyes as Ohio State reclaimed a 24-20 lead with four minutes to play in the half and took the 24-22 advantage into the locker room.

The Buckeyes began the second half with the first eight points on the floor to extend the lead to double figures for the first time of the game, 32-22. Taylor Mikesell had a pair of baskets to offset Purdue’s first scoring of the second half as Ohio State led by a 40-33 margin midway through the quarter. The Buckeyes took a 45-40 lead into the fourth quarter.

OSU began the final quarter with a pair of quick baskets from Rikki Harris and Rebeka Mikulášiková and stretched the lead to 52-42 with 7:23 remaining. Purdue called timeout with 6:26 to play as OSU led 54-44. The Buckeyes put together an 8-0 run heading into the media timeout with a 60-44 lead. Purdue responded with seven-straight points to cut the Ohio State lead to 61-51 with 3:13 remaining. The Boilermakers scored next to cut the Buckeye lead to single digits, but six OSU free throws closed out scoring to cap a 70-53 victory.

Highlights

Q1: Taylor Mikesell three-pointer

Q2: Braxtin Miller driving layup

Q3: Rebeka Mikulášiková offensive rebound/left hand layup

Q4: Rikki Harris transition layup

Q4: Rikki Harris three-pointer

Game Notes

  • Jacy Sheldon and Taylor Mikesell have scored in double figures in each game this season, finishing with 12 and 16 points against the Boilermakers, respectively.
  • Mikesell has recorded at least three triples in each game this season, shooting 3-of-5 from behind the arc today, and tallied the Buckeyes’ first double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.
  • Braxtin Miller put up a season-high 16 points.
  • Rebeka Mikulášiková reached double figures for the sixth-straight game, finishing with 13 points.
  • Q1: The Ohio State defense forced Purdue to remain scoreless for nearly four minutes to begin the game and another two minutes at the end of the quarter.
  • Q1: The Buckeyes went 2-of-3 from behind the arc while forcing the Boilermakers to shoot 3-of-11 from long range.
  • Q2: Each team scored seven unanswered points during the quarter.
  • H1: The Buckeye defense forced the Boilermakers to shoot 9-of-35 (26 percent) from the floor and 3-of-17 (18 percent) from three-point range.
  • Q4: Ohio State began the quarter making four of its first five shots.
  • Q4: The Buckeyes scored the final nine points of the game.

What They Said

Head Coach Kevin McGuff

On the message to the team at halftime:   

“In general in the first half, we didn’t move the ball side-to-side and we took really quick shots. We didn’t make Purdue defend at all and we took a lot of tough, contested shots or turned the ball over. In the second half, I thought we moved the ball a lot better, which allowed us to get better opportunities.”

Senior guard Braxtin Miller

On being more aggressive this game:

“I had a conversation with Coach Carla [Morrow] about my playing. I think at the beginning of the season I was just trying to figure out my role this year – I feel like it’s changed every year I’ve been here. When I talked with Coach Carla, that’s what she wanted and expected from me, to be more aggressive, shoot, get to the basket, so I made sure to get back to that. I feel like that’s who I am as well, but I’m always willing to do whatever for the team to succeed.”

Senior guard Taylor Mikesell

On Ohio State’s rebounding against Purdue and the adjustments made:

“We have to rebound by committee since we’re a little smaller so I think [Purdue] was really hot in the first half and we gave them a lot of offensive-board opportunities, which led to more points in the paint for them and we really wanted to cut back on those coming out of halftime. That was a focus for us to hit somebody and box out when the shot goes up and I think we all did a really good job of holding our box outs.”

Up Next

Ohio State is back at home on Tuesday evening to host Mount St. Mary’s for a 7 p.m. tip. The game will be broadcast live on B1G+ and AM 1460.

Tickets for the 2021-22 season in Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center are now available. Fans can purchase mini planssingle-game tickets and group tickets. All group tickets must be bought in advance by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS and then selecting option two. Fans with ticketing questions should call the Ohio State Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS or email athletic.tix@osu.edu.

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