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.
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.”
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.
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