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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Even an off night for Kelsey Mitchell wasn't enough to slow down Ohio State.
The seventh-ranked Buckeyes routed Wisconsin 87-61 on Thursday night. Mitchell, the Big Ten's leading scorer, finished with 16, but 11 came in the fourth quarter when Ohio State had a commanding lead.
''Other people got loose, and that's what a good team does,'' Wisconsin coach Bobbie Kelsey said. ''When you take away the star player they certainly have others. This is a top 10 team. Others are very capable. They do a good job of getting it to those people. Alston stepped up. She's a senior and she did that. A couple of others had some good games.''
Mitchell hit five of her season-low 10 field goal attempts in the final period and handed out three assists.
''They put a tremendous amount of attention on Kelsey so she did what great players do and what she does,'' Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. ''She's extremely unselfish so she made sure she facilitated and got people the ball and got other people involved and then other people stepped up.
''Shayla came off the bench and was really good. Asia had a great night. `Am' was terrific. Alexa was extremely efficient like she always is so it's a really good team win. We were able to share the ball and I think that's when we're at our best.''
Nicole Bauman led Wisconsin (6-15, 2-9) with 19 points while Cayla McMorris had 12. Michala Johnson added 10 points.
Ohio State extended its winning streak to seven games while the Badgers lost for the seventh time in a row.
The Buckeyes scored the last 11 points of the first quarter to turn a 12-8 deficit into a 19-12 lead. They had another 11-0 run early in the second quarter to open up a 30-14 advantage.
Bauman had the only basket for Wisconsin in that span while Cooper had 10 of Ohio State's 22.
Five other Buckeyes contributed one basket apiece along the way.
Wisconsin got to within 46-33 by the half, but Ohio State scored 15 of the first 18 points in the third quarter to stretch the lead back to 25 points.
They led by as many as 31 before the night was over.
Wisconsin: The Badgers are 1-9 since the beginning of the new calendar year.
Ohio State: With fellow Big Ten leader Maryland idle, the Buckeyes moved into a half-game lead for first place in the Big Ten standings. The fifth-ranked Terrapins play host to No. 17 Michigan State on Friday night.
Cooper, who sat out the previous game in what McGuff termed a coach's decision, also had 10 rebounds against Wisconsin for her sixth double-double of the season.
Wisconsin entered averaging only 12.1 turnovers per game in conference play. The Badgers surpassed that mark with more than 18 minutes left and finished with 16.
Wisconsin hosts Purdue on Monday night.
Ohio State plays host to No. 5 Maryland on Monday night.
Ohio State Individual Notes
- Ameryst Alston led all scorers with a game-high 21 points. This is Alston's 2nd-straight game of 20+ points and the 44th of her career.
- Kelsey Mitchell recorded her 200th career three-point field goal in the game. She made three on the night and now has 201 in her career.
- Alexa Hart continued her hot shooting, making all six of her FG attempts and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. She is shooting 71.2 percent (67-of-94) in B1G play which is tops in the conference.
- Shayla Cooper scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year and the 13th of her career.
- Cooper was 2-of-3 from long range and has now made seven of her last 11three-point attempts.
- Asia Doss scored 11 points, marking her fifth game this season of 10 or more points.
- Makayla Waterman notches six points and six rebounds off the bench which was her most points and rebounds since a 6-point, 7-rbound game nearly a month earlier against Indiana on Jan. 7.
Ohio State Team Notes
- The Buckeyes forced 17 Wisconsin turnovers and committed just eight on their end.
- This was the sixth time in the last seven games the Buckeyes have made nine or more three-point field goals.
- OSU held Wisconsin to just seven points in the third quarter. That was the sixth quarter this season the Buckeye defense has held an opponent to single digits in a quarter.
- Ohio State opened the game making just four of its first 18 shots from the floor. After that point, OSU shot 56 percent from the floor.
- The Buckeyes reached the 80-point mark for the 17th time this season. OSU is 15-2 in those games.
- Ohio State is now 7-0 this season when grabbing more rebounds than its opponents.
- The Buckeyes have won six-straight games and 11-straight at home.
- The team has made a three-pointer in 99-straight games.
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