SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Ohio State had five players score in double figures and the Buckeyes scored a season-high 104 points in topping host Sacramento State 104-74 on Tuesday evening at The Nest in Sacramento.
The Buckeyes have complete the non-conference portion of the schedule with a 7-4 record.
Ohio State had the decided height advantage inside and the Buckeyes jumped at the opportunity. OSU outscored Sac State 60-20 in the paint. The Hornets made one run in the second quarter but wasn’t able to sustain any others as the Buckeyes went inside early and often.
Sophomore forward Dorka Juhasz led the Buckeyes with a career-high tying 27 points to go along with a career-high tying 16 rebounds. That was her first double-double of the season and the 13th of her career.
Fellow sophomore Aaliyah Patty also notched her first collegiate double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four blocks.
Freshman guard Jacy Sheldon, making her second start of the season, set the tone early for the Buckeyes with 16 first half points. She finished with a season-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Rebeka Mikulasikova scored 14 points and had three assists while Braxtin Miller added 13 points, seven assists and a career-high seven steals.
The Buckeyes finished the game shooting 51.9 percent from the floor and after a hot shooting first half, the Hornets ended the game at just 32.5 percent.
Sac State was 8-of-17 from long range in the first half and trailed just 50-42 at the break. But the Buckeye defense adjusted and limited the Hornets to just 4-of-26 from deep in the second half.
Ohio State scored a season-high 36 points in the first quarter to lead 36-20 after the first and pushed the lead to 19 before an 11-0 Sac State run cut the lead to eight.
The Hornets opened the second half hot and got as close as 51-49. That’s when the Buckeyes went inside and took over the game. OSU finished the third quarter on a 26-9 run after that Hornet opening spurt, with 22 of the 26 points coming from the three Buckeye posts.
That OSU run put the Buckeyes firmly in front 77-58 and allowed them to enjoy the final 10 minutes.
The Buckeyes head home and will break for Christmas before returning to start Big Ten play on Saturday, December 28 against Purdue. Tip-off is set for Noon and the game will be played at historic St. John Arena.