COLUMBUS, Ohio – Playing for the first time in 24 days, No. 17 Ohio State jumped out to a 21-point first half lead and never looked back in an 82-69 victory over Penn State on Monday evening.
Sophomore Madison Greene led the Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) with her first career double-double. She scored 24 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds. She also dished-out a team-high five assists.
Fellow sophomore Jacy Sheldon finished with 21 points and three assists while Braxtin Miller was the third Buckeye in double-figures with 10 points.
Playing without two front court players in leading scorer Dorka Juhasz and sophomore Rebeka Mikulasikova, Aaliyah Patty and Tanaya Beacham both stepped up with solid efforts. Patty scored nine points and grabbed seven boards while Beacham scored eight points and also finished with seven rebounds.
Freshman Gabby Hutcherson played a season-high 26 minutes and finished with seven points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Madison Greene scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help lead @OhioStateWBB to an 82-69 win over Penn State.
Highlights from the win: pic.twitter.com/7fWMOcFKaP
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) January 5, 2021
The Buckeyes were 9-of-16 shooting (56.3) percent in each of the first tow quarters and used a 15-0 run early in the second quarter to shove the lead out to as many as 21 points. Penn State (3-4, 0-3) shot better in the third quarter and cut the deficit to as little as seven points on two occasions in the second half. But the Buckeyes responded with a 6-0 run and a subsequent 8-0 run to restore order and rolled to their first Big Ten win of the season.
Ohio State will hit the road for the first time this year when it takes on Illinois Thursday evening. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.