January 12, 2022

Strong Second Quarter Lifts Buckeyes Past Spartans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. RV/RV Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-3, 4-2 Big Ten) beat Michigan State (8-8, 2-3 Big Ten) by an 89-83 margin on Wednesday night inside Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center.

Jacy Sheldon led all scorers with a career-high 33 points, while Taylor Mikesell recorded her fifth 20-point game with 25 points on the back of five triples. Rebeka Mikulášiková recorded her second-straight and third double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Ohio State hit at least 10 three-pointers for the seventh time this season, shooting 12-of-19 (.632) from long range. The Buckeyes shot at least 50 percent from the field for the sixth time this season, finishing 31-of-54 (.574).

How it Happened

Michigan State scored on the opening possession but a layup from Jacy Sheldon and a three-pointer from Taylor Mikesell gave OSU its first lead of the game, 5-2, with 8:28 remaining in the opening quarter. The Buckeyes held a 13-12 lead at the midway point of the quarter with both teams shooting better than 55 percent. MSU put together an 8-0 run to take a 16-13 lead with just under four minutes in the quarter. The Spartans extended their run to 13-2 to force an OSU timeout as the Buckeyes trailed 21-15. Sheldon completed a three-point play, but Ohio State faced a 27-18 deficit after 10 minutes of play.

Mikesell opened the second quarter with her second triple of the game. Sheldon became the first in the game to double figures with a pair of free throws with 7:28 to play in the first half. The Buckeyes used a 9-0 run to get back within one, 31-30, and trailed 32-30 at the media timeout. Ohio State took its first lead since midway through the first quarter, 33-32, on a three-pointer from Gabby Hutcherson. Mikesell reached double figures with her third long-range shot of the game with 1:25 remaining in the half. Rikki Harris ended the Buckeyes’ 28-8 quarter with a pair of free throws to lead 46-35 at halftime.

Sheldon grabbed an offensive rebound and dished the ball to Mikesell for a triple to open the second half. Scoring remained even through the first four minutes of the third quarter, but back-to-back three-pointers from Michigan State cut the Ohio State lead to 55-49 and forced an OSU timeout. The Buckeyes responded with five points from Sheldon to stretch the lead back to double digits, 60-49, with 3:44 remaining in the quarter to force an MSU timeout. Ohio State held the 71-57 advantage after 30 minutes.

The Spartans opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run in the first two minutes to close the gap to 71-64, before a Sheldon layup ended the Buckeyes’ scoring drought. Ohio State held a 78-71 lead at the media timeout as Sheldon had all seven Buckeyes points in the fourth quarter. The Spartans trimmed the Buckeye lead to 80-76 with 2:19 to play and called timeout. Harris hit a three-pointer out of the timeout and the teams traded free throws as scoring was capped at 89-83.

Highlights

Q1: Taylor Mikesell three-pointer

Q1: Jacy Sheldon driving layup

Q2: Taylor Mikesell pull-up

Q2: Gabby Hutcherson three-pointer

Q2: Rebeka Mikulášiková move in the paint

Q3: Taylor Mikesell three-pointer

Q3: Jacy Sheldon three-pointer

Q3: Rikki Harris steal

Q4: Jacy Sheldon driving layup

Q4: Rikki Harris three-pointer

Q4: Jacy Sheldon ties career-high

Game Notes

  • Jacy Sheldon has scored in double figures in every game this season, becoming the first in the game to double figures with 7:28 to play in the first half. She recorded her seventh 20-point game of the season and scored a career-high 33 points.
  • Taylor Mikesell has reached double figures in every game and made at least three triples in 14 games this season. She’s made at least five three-pointers in four games. This is Mikesell’s fifth 20-point game of the season as she totaled 25 points.
  • Rebeka Mikulášiková scored in double figures for the 10th time this season, finishing with 13 points and added 11 rebounds for her second-straight and third double-double of the season.
  • Five different Buckeyes hit a three-pointer as Ohio State hit at least 10 three-pointers for the seventh time this season, shooting 12-of-19 (.632) from long range.
  • Q1: Three different Buckeyes hit a three-pointer in the first four minutes of the game.
  • Q2: The Ohio State defense held the Spartans to one field goal in the final 8:26 of the quarter, while the OSU offense scored 25 points during that time.
  • Q2: Ohio State shot 9-of-13 (.692) from the floor and 4-of-5 (.800) from long range during the quarter, compared to Michigan State’s 3-of-14 (.214) from the floor and 1-of-6 (.167) from long range.
  • Q3: Mikesell was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor, 2-of-2 from three-point range and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe during the quarter.
  • Q4: Sheldon shot 4-of-4 from the floor, 1-of-1 from long range and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in fourth the quarter.

What They Said

Head Coach Kevin McGuff

On tonight’s energy:   

“It was a quick turnaround from Northwestern and we didn’t look like we started with the same energy. We made some adjustments, quit pressing and tried to settle down a little bit.”

On the message on the bench after the first quarter:

“In the first quarter, they were playing harder than we were. They were playing harder and being the more physical team and we weren’t matching that. That was the message was that we had to play harder and be more aggressive.”

Junior guard Jacy Sheldon

On how Rikki Harris has stepped up this season:   

“She’s amazing. She makes the hustle plays that I think people see, but I don’t know if they realize how valuable she is. She gets her hands on everything – she can score, she can pass. She’s the most unselfish player and an amazing teammate. She’s huge for us.”

On playing with Taylor Mikesell:

“It’s easy! She’s good! She can do it all – great teammate and she keeps her defender with her, so it creates so much for so many people on the floor. She’s a great player.”

Up Next

Ohio State is on the road for a Saturday matchup at Minnesota. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on B1G+ 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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