WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In one of its better defensive performances of the year, Ohio State made enough plays on both ends of the floor down the stretch to claim a gutty 61-57 victory on the road over Purdue on Sunday.
Stephanie Mavunga scored eight of her 11 points in the final 5:32, including the sealing bucket with six seconds left. She also notched her eighth double-double of the year with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Sierra Calhoun finished the game with eight points, a career-high nine rebounds and a pair of blocks. Her three-pointer with 3:54 to play broke a 54-54 tie and put the Buckeyes ahead for good.
Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State with 14 points and was 7-of-8 from the foul line. Freshman Tori McCoy tied a season-high with three blocks which paced the Buckeyes to a season-high tying eight for the game. McCoy also scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds.
Ashley Morriessette led four Boilermakers in double figures with 13 points.
Ohio State overcame just a 32.3 percent shooting performance by turning in one of its best defensive games. The Buckeyes had been allowing 82.4 points per game in Big Ten play but held Purdue to just 56 points, 36.1 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers.
The Boilermakers limited OSU to just 3-of-15 shooting in the opening quarter and forced seven turnovers en route to leading 20-6 after one. The lead ballooned to as many as 16 points early in the second quarter before a 10-2 Buckeye run to end the half trimmed the Purdue lead to just 36-34 at the break.
Ohio State scored the first six points of the second half to take its first lead of the game and it was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way. Calhoun’s three and Mavunga’s two buckets inside helped seal the win for the Buckeyes.
After being on the road for four of the last five games, the Buckeyes return home for four of the next five games. The stretch starts with a game against Wisconsin at Value City Arena on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
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