November 27, 2022

Ohio State’s Five in Double Figures Lift Buckeyes Over Lions, 105-67

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4/6 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) beat North Alabama (3-3) by a 105-67 margin on Sunday afternoon on girl dad day.

Ohio State shot 58.6 percent from the floor and 52.9 percent from long range throughout the game. The Buckeyes were able to pull away beginning with a 31-point second quarter. All five starters scored in double figures for Ohio State.

How it Happened

North Alabama opened scoring and the teams were tied early at five. Rebeka Mikulášiková and Cotie McMahon combined for the first seven Buckeye baskets as Ohio State led 16-12 midway through the quarter. The Lions tied the game at 22 with a 7-0 run before the Buckeyes closed the quarter with the final six points, leading 28-22 after 10 minutes.

Ohio State scored the first four points of the quarter and did not allow North Alabama to score more than one basket in a row during the quarter. The Buckeyes’ longest run of the quarter was 11-unanswered points as OSU’s lead was 51-30 at the end of that run. Ohio State led by a 59-37 margin going into the locker room.

The teams traded baskets for the first four minutes of the third quarter before Ohio State opened up a 10-0 run over 2:30 to lead 79-49 with three minutes remaining in the quarter. Mikulášiková capped scoring in the quarter as the Buckeyes held the 81-51 advantage.

Hevynne Bristow began the fourth quarter with a pair of free throws. Ohio State put together runs of eight and seven-unanswered points to lead 98-59 with 4:31 to play. Bristow capped scoring for the Buckeyes as OSU earned the 105-67 victory.

Highlights

Q1: Cotie McMahon three-pointer

Q1: Eboni Walker pass

Q1: Taylor Mikesell three-pointer

Q2: Rebeka Mikulášiková and-one

Q2: Buckeye teamwork

Q3: Rebeka Mikulášiková three-pointer

Q3: Cotie McMahon and-one

Q4: Taylor Thierry steal, fastbreak layup

Q4: Madison Greene move to basket

Game Notes

  • Ohio State has recorded at least 10 steals in every game this season.
  • All five Buckeye starters scored in double figures and the team surpassed 100 points for the second-straight game. Ohio State also scored 20 or more points in all four quarters for the second game in a row.
  • Taylor Mikesell (14) and Rebeka Mikulášiková (23) have both scored in double figures in each of the Buckeyes’ first six games of the season. Mikulášiková matched her career-high.
  • Taylor Thierry reached double figures for the fifth time this season, finishing with 13 points.
  • Cotie McMahon (20) and Madison Greene (15) reached double figures for the third time this season. This was a career-high for McMahon.
  • Q1: Ohio State shot 12-of-20 (.600) from the field and 3-of-6 (.500) from long range.
  • Q2: The Buckeyes again shot 12-of-20 (.600) from the floor and were 3-of-5 (.600) from beyond the arc.
  • Q3: Ohio State continued its sharp shooting with 9-of-13 (.692) from the floor and 2-of-4 (.500) from long range.
  • Q4: The Buckeyes shot 47.1 percent from the floor in the quarter.

What They Said

  • Head Coach Kevin McGuff: “I thought we were giving them way too much space and we weren’t shrinking the court. They were dribbling and backing people down without us helping each other. We talked about that at halftime and I thought we did a way better job in the second half.”
  • Senior forward Rebeka Mikulášiková: “We wanted to make it a team defense, not just 1:1 so we can all help anyone who’s guarding.”
  • Freshman forward Cotie McMahon: “Scouting them, we knew they were going to be a fast-paced team. One thing we talked about was how fast they get the ball out after a shot. That’s something that we had to adjust to coming into the game.”

Up Next

Ohio State travels to No. 10/12 Louisville for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET in a game broadcast on the ACC Network.

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