EVANSTON, Ill. – The No. RV/RV Ohio State women’s basketball team (11-3, 3-2 Big Ten) earned the 74-61 victory against Northwestern (10-4, 2-1 Big Ten) on Sunday on the road.
Rebeka Mikulášiková was the first in the game to double figures, doing so for the ninth time this season. She finished the game with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the second double-double of the season and her career. Jacy Sheldon (20), Taylor Mikesell (13) and Tanaya Beacham (10) also reached double figures. The Buckeyes combined for their highest rebound total of conference play so far this season with 43 rebounds.
How it Happened
Rebeka Mikulášiková won the opening tip and scored the ensuing layup in the paint to open scoring. Mikulášiková scored the first seven points of the game to give OSU the early 7-0 lead after three minutes of play. Ohio State held a 9-6 lead at the media timeout. Northwestern took a 10-9 lead, its first of the game, with three minutes to play in the quarter before Tanaya Beacham answered immediately with a jumper. The Buckeyes ended the quarter on a 7-0 run to lead 18-12.
Mikulášiková completed a three-point play to open second-quarter scoring for the Buckeyes as she reached double figures. Following a jumper from Jacy Sheldon, Ohio State held the 23-18 advantage at the midway point of the quarter. The teams traded baskets before back-to-back three-pointers from Sheldon and Taylor Mikesell extended OSU’s lead to 31-23 and forced a Northwestern timeout with a minute to play. A pair of free throws from Sheldon gave the Buckeyes a 33-26 lead going into the locker room.
Northwestern opened the second half with a pair of free throws before Rikki Harris completed a three-point play. A driving layup by Braxtin Miller stretched the lead to double digits, 38-28, and forced the Wildcats to call timeout with 7:21 to play in the third quarter. A Harris layup on the fastbreak extended Ohio State’s run to 9-0. The Buckeyes led 42-30 at the media timeout. A pair of triples from Mikesell and Miller extended OSU’s lead to 47-32 with 2:39 remaining in the quarter. The Buckeyes closed a 23-11 third quarter leading 56-37.
Scoring was slow to open the final quarter as the Wildcats called timeout with 7:14 to play as the Buckeyes led 59-41. Ohio State extended its lead to 64-45 at the midway point of the final quarter. Northwestern called timeout with 2:17 remaining as OSU held the 68-52 advantage. Beacham wrapped up scoring at a 74-61 mark with a pair of free throws.
What They Said
Head Coach Kevin McGuff
On Ohio State’s 40-minute effort:
“I thought we played really, really hard. We had two good days of preparation in terms of our practice and the players applied it to the game today and we played hard.”
On Rebeka’s double-double:
“[Rebeka Mikulášiková] came out of Christmas break in a little bit of a funk, but she really did a good job in practice and I was really proud of her effort today. She was great. It was fun to see. I’m happy for her.”
On the takeaways from today’s game:
“For us to beat a good team like Northwestern, we have to play really, really hard. We have to compete for 40 minutes and that’s what we did today.”
Ohio State hosts Michigan State on Wednesday evening inside Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center for a 7 p.m. tip. The game will be broadcast live on B1G+ and AM 1460.
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