January 24, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team bounced back to the win column, defeating Minnesota 68-42, before a season-high crowd of 9,117 at Value City Arena Sunday afternoon.
Senior Larecha Jones paced the Buckeye offensive attack with 15 points, while Jamie Lewis added a dozen points. Freshman Laura Ingham chipped in a career-high nine.
The Buckeye defense was once again stellar, holding the Golden Gophers to 33 percent shooting while forcing 30 Minnesota turnovers. OSU held the Gophers to a season low 42 points, 21 in each half, en route to the win.
“We played with more energy and we started out well,” said Ohio State head coach Beth Burns. “We’ll take this win. We really needed it.”
Minnesota (7-12, 2-7 Big Ten) got to within six, 32-26, early in the second half, but the Buckeyes (13-4, 6-1) responded with a key 13-2 run. The Gophers got no closer than 14 the rest of the way.
“They’re at the top of the conference,” Minnesota head coach Cheryl Littlejohn said of Ohio State. “Coach Burns is a hard worker and her team epitomizes her effort.”
The Golden Gophers were led by Sonja Robinson, who tallied 10 points, and freshman Kim Bell who notched six points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.
The Buckeye win sets up a pivotal matchup Tuesday at Value City Arena with Purdue, the third-ranked team in the nation and current leader in the Big Ten. Game time is 7:30 p.m.