January 15, 2022

Ohio State Wins Fourth-Straight, Beats Gophers on Road

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MINNEAPOLIS – The No. RV/RV Ohio State women’s basketball team (13-3, 5-2 Big Ten) beat Minnesota (9-9, 3-3 Big Ten) by an 83-75 margin on the road on Saturday evening.

Jacy Sheldon led all players with 32 points in her third 30-point game of the season, after scoring a career-high 33 points on Wednesday against Michigan State. Sheldon also tied her career-high seven assists. Taylor Mikesell finished with 17 points, including three long-range shots. Both have scored in double figures in every game this season. Rebeka Mikulášiková also reached double figures with 11 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double.

How it Happened

Minnesota scored on the opening possession, but Rebeka Mikulášiková answered on Ohio State’s first offensive possession with a layup. Sheldon gave OSU its first lead of the game with 8:32 to play in the opening frame off a Gopher turnover. The Gophers regained the lead with four-unanswered points at 7-6 before a trio of Buckeye three-pointers gave OSU the 15-11 advantage at the midway point of the quarter. The Buckeyes led 21-14 at the media timeout with 1:20 to play. Ohio State ended the quarter on an 8-0 run to lead 23-14.

Tanaya Beacham opened scoring in the second quarter to give Ohio State its first double-digit lead of the game, 25-14. Minnesota responded with a 7-2 run to trim the lead to 27-21 and force an OSU timeout with 7:10 remaining in the half. Gabby Hutcherson ended the Buckeyes’ drought with a pair of free throws midway through the quarter. Minnesota took its first lead since the first quarter, 30-29, with 3:13 to play in the half, but Taylor Mikesell immediately responded with a triple. The Buckeyes took a 38-37 lead into the locker room.

The Buckeyes began the second half with the first five points on the floor, but the Gophers responded with the same to keep the margin at one. Minnesota took the 44-43 lead on a fastbreak with 6:14 remaining in the quarter, but Mikesell again immediately responded with a triple as OSU led 46-44 midway through the quarter. Ohio State scored the next eight points to increase the margin to 51-44 with 3:47 to play. A Rikki Harris layup in transition gave the Buckeyes a 55-48 lead and forced a Minnesota timeout. Ohio State closed the quarter with a 9-0 run to take a 64-49 lead into the final quarter.

The teams traded points to open the fourth quarter as Ohio State built the lead to as big as 74-55 with 6:50 remaining. An 8-0 Gophers run cut the lead to 74-63 with 5:40 to play and forced a Buckeye timeout. Neither team made a field goal for nearly four minutes. Sheldon completed a three-point play to surpass 30 points for the second-straight game. Scoring wrapped up at an 83-75 mark with free throws.

Highlights

Q1: Taylor Mikesell three-pointer

Q2: Gabby Hutcherson pull-up

Q2: Taylor Mikesell floater

Q3: Rikki Harris three-pointer

Q3: Braxtin Miller three-pointer

Q4: Rebeka Mikulášiková steal

Game Notes

  • Jacy Sheldon was the first in the game to reach double figures, doing so on a layup with 3:31 remaining in the opening quarter, on her way to making her first five field goal attempts. She’s reached double figures in every game this season and recorded her third 30-point game of the season. Sheldon also tied her career-high seven assists.
  • Taylor Mikesell also reached double figures in the first half as she’s scored at least 10 points in every game this season. Mikesell has made at least three from long range in 15 of 16 games this season.
  • Rebeka Mikulášiková reached double figures for the 11th time this season, finishing with 11 points.
  • Q1: Ohio State made its first three field goals to begin the game while Minnesota started 1-of-5.
  • Q1: The Buckeyes shot 9-of-13 (.692) in the first quarter, compared to the Gophers’ 5-of-15 (.333). Minnesota missed its last six field goals of the quarter.
  • Q3: Ohio State outscored Minnesota 26-12 in the third quarter, forcing the Gophers to shoot just 27.8 percent from the floor and 16.7 percent from long range.

What They Said

Head Coach Kevin McGuff

On the message at halftime:     

“I thought we played hard, we were just making some silly mistakes and making things harder on ourselves. I thought we cleaned it up and did a better job in the second half – just playing with a little more sense of our fundamentals.”

Up Next

Ohio State returns home to host No. 8/8 Maryland on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on BTN (TV login required) and AM 1460.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets and group tickets for the 2021-22 season in Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center. 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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