LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Ohio State freshman Jacy Sheldon recorded a double-double and the Buckeye defense limited Northern Iowa to just 23 percent shooting in a 64-46 victory Saturday evening on the final day of the South Point Shootout.
The Buckeyes split their two games this weekend and are now 4-3 on the year.
Sheldon was 5-of-6 from the floor including 2-of-3 from long range to finish with a season-high 13 points. She also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and had a game-high four steals.
Fellow freshman Madison Greene was also 5-of-6 from the floor and finished with 12 points and three assists. Sophomore Dorka Juhasz finished with 14 points inside.
The Buckeyes didn’t have the cleanest game on the offensive end but played hard defensively which was the key in the game. On top of holding UNI to 23 percent shooting, OSU forced 20 turnovers and had 12 steals.
Janai Crooms had another good all-around night, scoring eight points, dishing out six assists, grabbing four rebounds and swatting two shots.
The Buckeyes opened the game with the first six points and led by as much as 22-6 late in the first quarter before a UNI three at the buzzer made the score 22-9 after one. OSU continued to push the lead in the second quarter and eventually took a 34-16 lead into the break.
OSU limited Northern Iowa to just 18 percent (6-34) shooting in the first half while shooting 15-of-29 for 52 percent on their end.
The teams then matched each other in the second half as both sides scored 14 points in the third quarter and 16 points in the fourth quarter. UNI climbed as close as nine points at 55-46 with 1:30 to play but a pair of threes from Sheldon and another from Rebeka Mikulasikova provided the final margin. Despite the UNI run late, the Buckeyes were never threatened in the second half.
Ohio State returns home this week to host a pair of games. The Buckeyes will take on Louisville on Thursday as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on BTN. OSU will also host Radford on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.