Buckeyes Down Minnesota 83-71, Advance To B1G Semis

March 7, 2015

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HOFFMAN, ESTATES, Ill. - Kelsey Mitchell scored 29 points and Alexa Hart and Shayla Cooper each notched double-doubles as Ohio State downed Minnesota 83-71 Friday night to advance to the semifinals of the B1G Tournament.

 

 

The No. 3-seed Buckeyes will take on No. 2-seed Iowa Saturday night at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET. Top-seed Maryland will face No. 4-seed Northwestern in the other semifinal.

Mitchell knocked-down four three-pointers to finish with a game-high 29 points. Hart and Cooper both scored 17 points and pulled-down 11 rebounds.

Junior Ameryst Alston struggled from the floor but dished-out a team-high six assists to go along with 10 points.

Amanda Zahui B. had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a Big Ten-tournament record 11 blocks to lead the Gophers (23-9). Her triple-double was the first in the conference tournament since Minnesota's Janel McCarville in 2004.

The Buckeyes got off to a bit of a slow start from the floor but thanks to good interior defense, they remained close. With the score tied 18-18, a Hart lay-in start a 10-0 OSU run that gave the Bucks some breathing room.

Ohio State made nine of its final 14 shots of the half and took a 40-28 lead at the break. Mitchell led everyone with 16 points in the first half while Hart has 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Buckeyes held that double-digit lead for the majority of the second half. The Gophers made a desperation run late in the game and cut the lead to eight with just under a minute to play but the Buckeyes salted away the game at the line.

Postgame Notes

  • The Buckeyes have now reached the B1G Tournament semifinals for the 14th time.
  • Ohio State has an overall record in the B1G Tournament of 32-15.
  • Head coach Kevin McGuff improves to 20-8 as a head coach in conference tournaments.
  • McGuff has now guided his teams to the conference tournament semifinals for the eighth time in 13 seasons.
  • The only other time the Buckeyes were a No. 3-seed in the B1G Tournament, they also defeated No. 6-seed Minnesota in the quarterfinals. OSU topped UM 58-50 in the 2004 tournament.
  • The Buckeyes have won 11 of their last 13 games.
  • Ohio State avenged an earlier loss this season to Minnesota.
  • Kelsey Mitchell scored 29 points and has moved into second on the OSU single-season scoring list. She has 765 points this season, passing Katie Smith who scored 745 points as a senior in 1995-96.
  • This was Mitchell's 22nd game this season with 20 or more points.
  • Alexa Hart finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for her team-leading 10th double-double of the year.
  • Shayla Cooper's also notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. This was her fifth double-double of the year and the third in the last four games.
  • Cooper's fourth-straight game of 10 or more points.
  • The Buckeyes are 16-1 this season when winning the battle in the paint. They edged the Gophers 36-32 inside.

    Up Next...

  • The Buckeyes have advanced to the semifinals and will take on No. 2-seed Iowa in the second game on Saturday evening.
  • The teams split the two regular season meetings this season with each team winning on their home floor.
  • Tip-off will be approximately 9:30 p.m. ET.