BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – With her jumper in the second quarter at Indiana on Jan. 13, Kelsey Mitchell became just the 13th player in NCAA history to record 3,000 career points.
Mitchell was the fastest player in NCAA history to reach 2,000 career points and currently holds 23 OSU, Big Ten or NCAA records. She only trails Minnesota’s Rachel Banham for the most points in Big Ten history. Banham finished her career with 3,093 points.
Indiana native Stephanie Mavunga scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead No. 10 Ohio State to a 77-62 win over IU.
This was Mavunga’s third double-double in three career games against Indiana.
The Buckeyes (16-2, 5-0) took control from the start and Indiana only really threatened to get back in the game on two occasions but both times, Linnae Harper had the answer. She finished the game with 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
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Indiana’s main focus on defense was stopping Mitchell, as an IU defender shadowed her all game. Mitchell didn’t score until the second quarter and finished with 15 points but did dish-out a team-high six assists.
Sierra Calhoun and Asia Doss each made a pair of three-pointers in the game. Calhoun finished with 12 points while Doss chipped-in with eight points and five assists.
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OSU held Indiana leading scorer Tyra Buss in check most of the game as she notched just 10 points and had four turnovers.Mavunga scored the first seven points of the game to jump start the Buckeyes. They would force seven first quarter IU turnovers and led 22-9 after one. After not attempting a shot in the opening quarter, Mitchell made three three-pointers in the final 2:31 of the second quarter to put the Buckeyes ahead 43-27 at halftime.
Harper opened the third quarter with seven quick points but the Hoosier kept pace and after a Buss three-pointer, IU was within seven at 56-49. The Buckeyes called timeout and Harper again responded out of the stoppage, scoring five-straight points to restore order and give the Buckeyes a 61-49 lead.
Both teams struggled to find their offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter and the Buckeyes remained in control throughout.