COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 5 Buckeyes rallied from being down as much as 14, but could not pull away from the No. 9 Cardinals, falling in overtime 95-90.
Kelsey Mitchell poured in 26 points and tallied eight assists for the Buckeyes, while draining seven three-pointers. The senior played all 45 minutes for Ohio State, and also pulled down six rebounds.
Fellow senior Linnae Harper scored 21 points of her own while snagging seven rebounds. Asia Doss tacked on an additional 19 points for OSU, but the best stat line of the night goes to Louisville’s Asia Durr, who scored a school-record 47 points for the Cardinals.
The Buckeyes took the first lead of the game, going up 3-0 after a Sierra Calhoun jumper and a free throw from Harper, but Louisville quickly tied the game and jumped in front with a pair of threes from Durr. The Cardinals continued to build their lead, eventually holding a 21-13 advantage with 1:34 left in the quarter. From there, Doss sank two consecutive threes in that last 94 seconds to cut into the Louisville lead, making it 21-19 at the end of the first.
Louisville opened the second quarter on and 8-to-2 run to jump ahead, 29-21. From there, the Cardinals continued to build their lead, eventually holding a 39-26 advantage with 3:59 left in the half. A Doss three pointer slowed the Louisville momentum, and an Alexa Hart layup helped propel a Buckeye rally. After a Myisha Hines-Allen layup made it 41-31, Makayla Waterman, Harper and Mitchell all drained threes in the closing moments of the half to bring Ohio State within one, 41-40, at the break.
The Buckeyes took their first lead since the opening moments of the game with a Harper three pointer, but Louisville responded with five quick points from Durr to regain the advantage. The Cardinals continued to add to their lead, eventually going up 66-52, their biggest lead of the day, eventually taking a 66-58 lead into the fourth.
Ohio State controlled the fourth quarter, with Mitchell scoring 15 of her 26 points in the period. The senior scored the last nine points of regulation for the Buckeyes, including a free throw with five second left to make it 90-90.
In the overtime period the Buckeyes had no answer for Durr who scored 13 of the 15 points for Louisville, as the Cardinals pulled away and handed the Buckeyes a 95-90 loss.
Buckeyes are 2018 Big Ten Champions