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Columbus, Ohio – The No. 8/10 (4-0) Ohio State Buckeyes stormed to a huge lead in the first quarter, defeating the Jerome Schottenstein Center (1-2) 99-43 on Sunday afternoon on Family Day at Value City Arena McNeese State.
After McNeese State scored the game’s opening basket, the Buckeyes took the lead with Jacy Sheldon (7 points), Taylor Mikesell (6) and Taylor Thierry (6). By the end of the game, Thierry had 15 points topping her previous career-high 10, which she set against Boston College last Sunday. Rebeka Mikulasikova and Jacy Sheldon each had 14 points, with Mikesell (13) and Rikki Harris (11 points) also scoring in double digits. Hevynne Bristow led the team with eight rebounds and Madison Greene led the team with six assists, along with eight points and four steals. Sheldon had five steals.
How it happened
The Buckeyes led 35-8 after the first quarter with seven different players scoring, led by Jacy Sheldon’s 10 points and six from a trio of Buckeyes: Taylor Thierry, Taylor Mikesell and Rikki Harris from the bench. Ohio State’s press and defensive pressure stifled, forcing 16 cowgirl turnovers that gave the home team a decided 25-14 shot advantage in the quarter.
The Buckeyes led 60-23 at the half, with nine different Buckeyes contributing points, led by Mikesell with 13 and 12 by Sheldon. The horse chestnuts hit 68.8 pct. of their shots in the quarter to offset improved shooting by the cowgirls, who hit 50 pct. of their shots after making just 21.4 pct. in the first quarter. Nine more Cowgirl turnovers brought her total to 25 by halftime.
Third and fourth quarters
Ohio State cooled from the field and shot just 39 pct. in the third quarter but still better than McNeese, 18-11, for a 78-34 lead. The Ohio State starters only played about four minutes in the third quarter before coach Kevin McGuff began making generous substitutions to bring in 14 different players, 11 of whom scored. The fourth quarter was similar: a 21-9 goal advantage for the home team.
- This was the first meeting on the basketball court for Ohio State and McNeese State.
- Ohio State forced 30 or more turnovers for the third straight season: 36, matching a season high from a week ago against Boston College.
- The Buckeyes are forcing 33.5 turnovers per game through the front four.
- Play-by-play of the game on the radio was handled by veteran Neil Seka while Matt Andrews enjoyed the warm Hawaiian sun and surf. Andrews travels and names three games with the Ohio State men’s team playing in this week’s Maui Invitational, starting with a game Monday against San Diego State.
- Alongside Seka, Caity Matter Henniger served as an analyst for the game. Seka will also be on call for Wednesday’s game against Wright State.
- Coach Kevin McGuff started with the same line-up for the fourth straight season: forwards Rebeka Mikulasikova and Cotie McMahon; and guards Taylor Thierry, Jacy Sheldon, and Taylor Mikesell.
- Transfer Karla Vres from American University made her Ohio State debut.
what they said
Head Coach Kevin McGuff: “We wanted to get a few different people into the game and a few different rotations, so it was nice to play with a lot of people. It was mostly positive things that came out of that game: we played hard from the start and forced a lot of turnovers, which gave us a big lead.
“We also have a good balance on offense, which was great for us. We worked the ball through the middle and were able to let Rebeka do some work around the basket. ebony [Walker] did a good job around the basket too.”
Ohio State continues its three-game homestand with a matinee against Wright State Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. for the faculty and staff recognition game.
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