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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Ameryst Alston hit eight 3-pointers and finished with 26 points as No. 7 Ohio State beat Penn State 77-63 on Sunday, its ninth straight win.
Lindsey Spann led Penn State (9-16, 4-10) with 21 points while Brianna Banks added 14.
Teniya Page and Kaliyah Mitchell scored 11 and 10 points respectively for Penn State. But the Lady Lions' balanced offensive approach, coupled with an aggressive second-half start, wasn't enough to overcome the Buckeyes (21-4, 13-1) who led for 27:45 including the final 14:55.
Not used to early starts after playing its last two games late, the Buckeyes were slow to get their offense going.
Their transition game was sloppy as well. The Buckeyes committed 13 first-half turnovers and didn't score its first points until nearly 4 minutes into the game. They recovered on the right arm of Alston.
She made three 3-pointers in the first quarter and continued to drain long shots and was most comfortable from the top of the arc.
When Alston wasn't draining deep shots, Mitchell was. She knocked down two in the second quarter with Alston out for a breather and Ohio State took a 37-30 lead into halftime. Penn State kept pace as Spann scored 15 first-half points.
She and Banks sparked a 12-6 run to begin the third quarter. It cut Ohio State's lead to 45-44 before Penn State took its first lead since the end of the first on a midrange shot from Page.
But Ohio State went ahead for good moments later when Mitchell was left wide open for her third 3-pointer of the game. Ohio State attempted 34 3-pointers. Penn State kept within a point for much of the fourth quarter but Ohio State took control over the final 5:35 with and pulled away with a 17-6 run. Alston, who shot 53 percent from 3-point range, hit her final 3-pointer with 2:53 left and made two free throws to close out the game.
Ohio State pulled down 41 rebounds to Penn State's 30, turned in 15 second-chance points to Penn State's eight and scored 18 points off 16 Penn State turnovers.
Ohio State Individual Notes
- Ameryst Alston made a career-high eight three-point field goals and finished the game with a team-high 26 points.
- The eight three-pointers were one shy of OSU’s single-game record.
- This was Alston’s 14th game this season with 20 or more points.
- Alston also grabbed six rebounds and had four assists
- Alexa Hart recorded her seventh double-double of the season by pulling-down a season-high 15 rebounds and scoring 12 points.
- Hart has scored in double-figures in each of the last 13 games.
- Shayla Cooper made her lone three-point attempt and has now made 11 of her last 16 from long range.
- Asia Doss recorded a career-high five steals in the game to go along with four assists.
Ohio State Team Notes
- The Buckeyes have won a season-high nine-straight games.
- Ohio State has dished-out 39 assists in the last two games (19 vs. PSU).
- Ohio State had 11 steals in the game and has now had 10 or more steals in each of the last three games.
- The Buckeyes won the battle on the boards 41-30 and are now 8-0 on the season when they out-rebound the opponent.
- The team has made a three-pointer in 102-straight games dating back to 2013.