No. 13 Ohio State Outlasts Iowa 88-81
Feb. 12, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kelsey Mitchell and Shayla Cooper scored 20 points each and No. 13 Ohio State beat Iowa 88-81 on Sunday at Value City Arena to extend the Buckeyes' season-high winning streak to eight.

Cooper added a season-high five assists and a team-high eight rebounds. Sierra Calhoun knocked-down five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points while Kiara Lewis put up 11 points for the Buckeyes (22-5, 12-1) who secured a top-four seed and a double-bye for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.



The turning point in the game came with 3:30 to play in the fourth quarter. Lewis scored inside and then she and Mitchell added fastbreak buckets for a 6-0 spurt that took all of 37 seconds. That turned a tie game into a 78-72 OSU edge.

Linnae Harper, who finished the game with a season-high six steals, had back-to-back steals which led to lay-ups by Mitchell and Cooper with under two minutes to play to stretch the lead to 84-74.  

Ally Disterhoft scored 22 points, Megan Gustafson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for her 13th double-double this season to lead Iowa.

The game featured 10 ties and 11 lead changes, including four in the fourth quarter.

Ohio State freshman Tori McCoy, who started in place of the injured Stephanie Mavunga, scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and swatted a season-high tying four shots.

The Buckeyes will hit the road this week for a battle with Nebraska on Thursday. The game will tipoff at 8 p.m. ET in Lincoln.