COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21/24 Ohio State women’s basketball team (4-0) reached the century mark for the first time this season in a 110-58 win against Bellarmine (0-4) on Tuesday evening inside Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes scored a program record 39 points in the second quarter. The Buckeyes broke the Big Ten records for most points in any half (70, previously 69) and most points in the first half (previously 68).
How it Happened
Jacy Sheldon scored first seven points of the game in the first 1:27 before Bellarmine got onto the scoreboard. Rebeka Mikulášiková scored the next nine points for the Buckeyes as OSU held the 16-4 lead with 6:26 to play in the opening frame. The Buckeyes led 21-7 at the media timeout. The Knights went on an 11-3 run, but the Buckeyes held the 31-21 lead at the quarter break.
The Knights cut the Buckeyes’ lead down to five points to begin the second quarter before a 6-0 OSU run bumped the lead back up to double figures, 39-28, with eight minutes to play in the half. After leading 41-33, Ohio State scored the next 29 points on the floor, holding Bellarmine scoreless for the final six minutes of the half to extend the lead to 70-33 going into the locker room.
Kateri Poole opened third-quarter scoring to surpass her previous season high. Sheldon set a new career-high with 31 points leading into the media timeout midway through the quarter as the Buckeyes doubled up, 82-41. Ohio State finished the quarter on a 13-3 run to lead 95-46 after 30 minutes.
The teams traded baskets leading into the fourth-quarter media timeout as the Buckeyes held the 103-53 advantage. Taylor Thierry scored five of the final seven OSU points as Ohio State earned the 110-58 victory.
What They Said
Ohio State Head Coach Kevin McGuff
On creating turnovers:
“In a perfect world, creating turnovers [is our ideal defense]. It’s also why we didn’t press in the second half, so we could work on our half-court defense.”
On Jacy Sheldon’s career-high:
“I thought she did a great job being balanced and shooting from the three and mid-range.”
On players stepping up:
“I thought that Taylor Thierry was really good, and you could see her athleticism. Rikki [Harris] had a couple charges but played hard. I thought Tanaya [Beacham] played really well in the second half and Gabby [Hutcherson] had some shots as well.”
On his message ahead of Saturday’s game and Big Ten play:
“We’ve just got to keep getting better. Saturday will be a really tough game. Cincinnati has a really good team – athletic, talented, well-coached. That will be a challenge for us. We have to continue to improve. I think our defense and rebounding has to keep getting better.”
Ohio State is set to host Cincinnati on Saturday at the Covelli Center. Tip time is slated for 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on B1G+ (subscription required).
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