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MADISON, Wis. – The No. 10/10 Ohio State Buckeyes (20-3, 9-3 B1G) beat Wisconsin (7-16, 2-9 B1G) by a 90-67 margin on Wednesday night in Madison.
Ohio State got off to a quick start, building a 29-14 lead after 10 minutes. In the second quarter, Wisconsin had the slight advantage as the teams went back and forth with the Buckeyes leading 45-34 at halftime. The Badgers cut the Buckeyes’ lead down to one point in the third quarter before OSU ended the quarter on a 20-8 run to lead 70-57 after 30 minutes. The Buckeyes extended their lead to begin the fourth quarter and capped scoring at 90-67.
Taylor Mikesell recorded her 1,000th point as a Buckeye and finished the game with 21 points. Taylor Thierry was the first to reach double figures, doing so for the 17th time this season and finishing with a career-high 25 points. Cotie McMahon reached double figures for the 15th time this season and totaled 19 points.
How it Happened
Mikesell made a three-pointer on the opening possession. Each team followed with a pair of baskets and traded the lead before a Thierry layup gave the Buckeyes a 12-9 lead midway through the quarter. Ohio State ended the quarter on a 15-3 run, taking a 29-14 lead after 10 minutes.
The teams traded points to begin the second quarter as Ohio State held the 34-23 advantage with 6:42 to play in the quarter. Four different Buckeyes scored down the stretch as OSU led by a 45-34 margin at halftime.
Wisconsin scored the first five points of the third quarter to cut Ohio State’s lead to 45-39 with 8:42 remaining in the quarter, forcing an OSU timeout. The Badgers trimmed their deficit to one at 50-49 before back-to-back three-point plays from Thierry gave the Buckeyes a 56-49 lead midway through the quarter. Scoring was capped with Mikesell’s 1,000th Buckeye point with OSU ahead 70-57 after 30 minutes.
Ohio State began the fourth quarter with a 12-6 run to extend its lead to 82-63 with 4:50 to play. The Buckeyes scored the final six points, capping scoring on a layup from Kaia Henderson.
Q1: Taylor Mikesell three-pointer
Q1: Taylor Thierry driving layup
Q1: Emma Shumate three-pointer
Q2: Cotie McMahon driving layup
Q3: Taylor Mikesell 1,000th point as a Buckeye
Q4: Taylor Thierry three-pointer
Ohio State travels to No. 8/9 Maryland on Sunday for a 4 p.m. tip. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
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