COLUMBUS, Ohio – It wasn’t the best of afternoons for the No. 18 Ohio State women’s basketball team but it ended well with a 68-55 road victory at Wisconsin.
The Buckeyes got out to a fast start, saw Wisconsin climb back and take a lead, endured a scary injury by Makayla Waterman and then pulled-away down the stretch for the 13-point win.
Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper led the charge yet again as each notched a double-double for the second-straight game. Mavunga had a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds while Harper added 15 points and 11 boards.
OSU led 22-9 at the end of one but Wisconsin was able to cut into the lead in the second. The Badgers outscored the Buckeyes 19-13 in the second quarter and the OSU lead was just 35-28 at halftime.
Wisconsin raced out of the locker room and scored the first eight points of the second half to its first lead of the afternoon at 36-35. OSU regained a 41-38 lead when with 2:08 to play in the third, Waterman fell awkwardly on a rebound attempt. She was taken to a local hospital for precautionary evaluation and had movement in all of her extremities. The delay took a bunch of emotion from the Buckeyes but a Doss three from the wing on the team’s first offensive possession helped lift the spirits. The OSU lead was 44-38 heading to the fourth quarter.
The Buckeyes opened the final quarter with an and-1 from Mavunga and a runner from Harper to build a 49-40 lead. That duo scored 11 of the team’s first 14 points in the quarter to help keep the lead around 10 points. OSU pushed the lead to as many as 16 points with two minutes to play and would hold on the for 68-55 victory.
- Kelsey Mitchell now has the longest streak in NCAA DI women’s basketball history as she has made a three-pointer in 81 consecutive games. She came into the game tied with UT Martin’s Heather Butler.
- Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper each recorded a double-double in the same game for the seventh time this season.
- For Mavunga, this was her 12th double-double of the season and the 50th of her career
- Harper notched her 10th double-double of the year and the 20th of her career
- Harper has scored in double-figures in all 24 games this season
- This was Ohio State’s second-fewest points of the season and the fewest in a victory
- The Buckeyes have now won four-straight against the Badgers and 26 of the last 28 meetings dating back to 2002.
Ohio State returns home this week to host Rutgers on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. That will be the only meeting of the season between the two teams.
Buckeyes are 2018 Big Ten Champions