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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Jasmine Hines scored a career-high 36 points in her final home game, and Tori Jankoska made three free throws in the final 39 seconds of the third overtime to lift No. 20 Michigan State to a 107-105 victory over No. 5 Ohio State, denying the Buckeyes a chance to celebrate a Big Ten title Saturday.
Kelsey Mitchell scored a career-high 48 points for Ohio State (23-6, 15-3), which is on the verge of losing the conference championship in agonizing fashion. The Buckeyes also lost in overtime to Minnesota earlier in the week, and now they need No. 6 Maryland (26-3, 15-2) to lose to Minnesota on Sunday in order to share the title.
Mitchell's three-point play put Ohio State up 105-104 with 41.4 seconds remaining, but Jankoska was fouled in the backcourt and made two free throws to put the Spartans (22-7, 13-5) back ahead.
Jankoska added another free throw with 2.1 seconds left.
The 6-foot-3 Hines had never scored more than 24 points in a game for Michigan State, but the Spartans repeatedly found her down low against an Ohio State team that defended aggressively with a full-court press.
Hines scored inside with 8 seconds left in the first overtime to tie it at 83, and Mitchell couldn't convert at the other end. It was Hines who kept Michigan State's offense afloat on a day star Aerial Powers went 8 of 27 from the field. Powers still ended up with quite a stat line: 23 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists, eight turnovers, four steals and two blocks in 53 minutes.
With the Spartans up 106-105, Powers stole the ball from Mitchell and looked like she was in the clear for a layup, but she somehow lost the ball out of bounds at the last instant, giving Ohio State another chance to take the lead.
Michigan State kept Mitchell from driving to the basket, and her two attempts from beyond the arc were off target. Jankoska's free throw made it a two-point game, and she appeared to miss her second shot intentionally, giving the Buckeyes little time to get any kind of shot off.
Ohio State: Mitchell's previous career high was 42 points. She finished Saturday's game with eight rebounds, five assists and 10 turnovers.
Michigan State: Hines played 52 minutes and Jankoska played 53. Jankoska scored 20 points.
Ohio State will be seeded either No. 1 or No. 2 in the Big Ten tournament. Michigan State will be the No. 3 seed.
Ohio State Individual Notes
- Kelsey Mitchell scored a school-record 48 points, besting her previous mark of 42 points which she set earlier this year against Texas A&M on No. 28.
- Mitchell also had eight rebounds, five assists and two steals
- Ameryst Alston scored 19 points and dished-out a team-high seven points
- Asia Doss finished 14 points and grabbed her 200th career rebound.
- Doss, a Detroit, Mich. native enjoys playing in her home state. This was her third game in the state and she has scored in double-figures every time. Doss had 10 points last year at Michigan, a career-high 15 at Michigan this year and 14 points in her first game at MSU.
- Makayla Waterman grabbed a season-high tying nine rebounds
Ohio State Team Notes
- This was the second-straight overtime game for the Buckeyes.
- Ohio State topped the 100-point mark for the fourth time this season
- The Buckeyes made 14 three-pointers in the game, marking their ninth game this season with 10 or more three-pointers.
- Ohio State opened the regular season with back-to-back losses and ends the regular season with back-to-back losses. Those were OSU’s only two-game losing streaks this season.
- The Buckeyes had three players foul-out in the same game for the first time this season.
- Ohio State committed a season-high 25 turnovers.
- The team has made a three-pointer in 106-straight games dating back to 2013.