Buckeyes Fall Late To Georgia 67-59
Kelsey Mitchell made seven of the Buckeyes' 13 three-pointers in the game
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 24 Georgia closed the game on a 22-9 run over the final eight minutes to notch a 67-59 comeback victory over Ohio State Wednesday night at Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes fall to 1-2 with the setback while Georgia remains undefeated at 3-0.
Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high 26 points with 21 of them coming from beyond the three-point arc. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native was 7-of-14 from long range and didn't score a bucket inside the arc until 2:09 left in the game. Mitchell also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds.
Junior Cait Craft made a career-high five three-pointers on the night and finished with 17 points. Between Craft and Mitchell, the duo scored 43 of the team's 59 points.
Fellow jumper Ameryst Alston had an off night shooting the ball, totaling just five points but she pulled-down a career-high 13 rebounds.
Four Bulldogs finished in double-figures led by Tiaria Griffin's 16 points. Krista Donald finished with 12 points and six rebounds while Mackenzie Engram notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Buckeyes relied on its outside shooting as they were 13-of-39 in the game beyond the arc and just 8-of-22 inside the arc.
After missing on all five of her three-point attempts last game, Craft made two of her first three shots from beyond the arc tonight to give the Buckeyes an early lead.
Georgia made three three-pointers over a five minute stretch to take 24-18 lead. OSU went scoreless during that span, missing all four shot attempts and committing five turnovers.
But a Mitchell three-pointer started a 10-0 Buckeye run which gave OSU a 28-24 lead at the break. Lisa Blair followed Mitchell's three with a pair of free throws to pull OSU within one and then Alston canned a deep three-pointer to regain the lead for the hosts. Blair then capped the half with a nice rebound and put-back.
Georgia missed 12 of its last 13 shots to end the half and made just four three-pointers over the final 15 minutes.
Behind three three-pointers by Mitchell, the Buckeyes came out of the locker room and took a nine-point lead at 44-35, eight minutes into the second half. The next two minutes, it was all Bulldogs as they responded with six-straight points to pull within three at 44-41 with 10 minutes to play.
The Georgia run continued as it outscored the Buckeyes 13-6 over the ensuing six minutes to take its largest lead of the game to that point at 54-50 with four minutes left.
After Craft knocked-down her career-high fifth three-pointer of the night, Georgia hustled down the floor and got a lay-in by Donald and a three-pointer from the wing by Engram to shove the lead out to 60-53.
Mitchell answered with an old-fashioned three-point play and another runner in the lane to bring the Buckeyes within two but another huge lay-in by Donald stopped the OSU momentum. The Bulldogs would make five of six free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
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