COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21/25 Ohio State women’s basketball team (3-0) offensively dominated Bowling Green (1-2) on Wednesday evening inside Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center, earning the 94-63 victory as the Buckeyes shot 56.7 percent from the floor throughout the night.
How it Happened
Bowling Green scored first but back-to-back three-point plays from Kateri Poole and Taylor Mikesell gave OSU the 6-2 lead. A 10-0 OSU run put the Buckeyes up 15-5 with 6:17 to play in the opening quarter. Ohio State held the 17-8 advantage at the media timeout and extended its lead to 26-14 after 10 minutes of play as Tanaya Beacham made the Buckeyes’ final two baskets of the quarter.
Ohio State scored six unanswered points in the first minute of the second quarter to increase the lead to 32-14 and force a Bowling Green timeout. The teams traded a few points, but the Buckeyes pushed their lead to 20 points, 46-26, on a layup from Jacy Sheldon with three minutes remaining in the half. Most of the points in the last three minutes was courtesy of free throws as OSU held the 52-33 advantage going into the locker room.
The Buckeyes scored the first eight points out of the half as Sheldon and Rebeka Mikulášiková each reached double figures. Ohio State led 60-33 after the 8-0 run and 63-35 at the media timeout midway through the third quarter. Following two BGSU baskets, OSU went on a 10-2 run, including three triples, to boost its margin to 73-41. The Buckeyes led 73-46 after 30 minutes of play.
The teams traded points to begin the quarter and each put together a small run as Ohio State held the 85-63 advantage at the media timeout. The Buckeyes scored the final nine points of the game to cap scoring at 94-63.
What They Said
Head Coach Kevin McGuff on Taylor Mikesell fitting into Ohio State’s plan:
“You can see each game she’s getting more comfortable with what we do and how we do things. She’s a terrific player and I thought she played hard tonight. She’s a great shooter but she’s got people closing so aggressively on her, she’s got to be able to get the ball on the floor and get to the basket and finish.”
Junior forward Rebeka Mikulášiková on the team’s rebounding:
“We put a lot of emphasis on our rebounding, especially during practice. Like Coach [McGuff] is always saying, rebound – rebound the ball. All the players have to rebound the ball, don’t just leave it to the post players. We did a good job. We’ve been working on this.”
Senior guard Taylor Mikesell on Ohio State’s ball movement:
“We stressed a lot about trying to get the ball side to side, not necessarily on the first side of the court. We want to reverse the ball a little bit, try to get everybody a touch and make the defense work for it. It’s easier to break down a defense when you switch sides – you get better reads, back-side, somebody will post up. We want to reverse the ball a little more and get people in bad close-outs.”
Ohio State continues its season-opening home stand against Bellarmine on Tuesday evening. Tip time is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on B1G+ (subscription required).
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