Mitchell's Record Game Propels Buckeyes To 95-80 Win Over #9 Texas A&M
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sophomore Kelsey Mitchell scored 31 of her school-record tying 42 points in the second half to help No. 11/14 Ohio State turn around a 15-point deficit and defeat No. 10/9 Texas A&M 95-80 on the final day of the South Point Shootout.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Buckeyes who are now 4-2 on the season. It was also the 300th career victory for Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff.
Senior guard Ameryst Alston had a strong performance for the Buckeyes as well, finishing with 21 points and three assists.
The Short Story
As has been the case for most of the season, the Buckeyes got out of the gate slow and found themselves in a 17-2 hole just over four minutes into the game. But no one panicked and they slowly worked their way back into the game thanks to a 25-9 run.
Trailing by two at the break, Ohio State took control of the game with another 20-3 run to start the 3rd quarter keyed by some hot shooting. The Buckeyes shot over 65 percent in the second half and out-rebounded the Aggies 17-12 over the final two quarters.
Kelsey Mitchell was simply dominant again as she tied Samantha Prahalis' OSU single-game scoring record of 42 points. Mitchell had 31 points after halftime on 8-of-9 from the floor, 2-of-3 from deep and 13-of-14 from the free throw line. Mitchell also hit another milestone in the game as she became the fastest Big Ten player to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Senior Ameryst Alston was key for the Buckeyes as well as she finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists. This was the 36th game of her career with 20 or more points.
A&M was paced by their two Courtneys as Courtney Williams scored 21 points and Walker added 20. The Buckeyes did a better job on Williams in the second half and limited her to just eight points after the break.
Ohio State held a 25-10 edge in points off turnovers as the created 16 Aggie miscues. Despite being out-sized inside, the Buckeyes led 42-30 in points in the paint thanks to good individual plays by Mitchell and Alston as well as good interior passing.
- The Aggies opened the game on a 17-2 run and looked to bury the Buckeyes early. But Ohio State answered back with a 25-9 run that spanned the end of the first and half of the second quarter to take a 27-26 lead.
- Mitchell had nine points and Alston had seven points during the spurt.
- A switch to zone defensively by the Buckeyes helped precipitate the run and got Ohio State back in the game.
- The Buckeyes kept the run going and outscored Texas A&M 27-13 in the 3rd quarter to take a comfortable lead.
Ohio State Individual Notes
- Kelsey Mitchell tied the OSU single-game scoring record with 42 points. She matched Samantha Prahalis' mark which she set on Feb. 23, 2012 in an 81-56 win over Minnesota.
- Mitchell became the 32nd Buckeye to score 1,000 career points.
- Mitchell is the fastest player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 points, hitting the mark in her 41st career game. That best's Penn State's Kelly Mazzante previous record of 47 games. The Ohio State record was held by Katie Smith who reached the 1,000-point plateau in her 52nd career game.
- Mitchell also tied the school-record for free throws made in a game as she was 15-of-16 from the line. Katie Smith (2 times - 1993, 1994) and Nikita Lowry (1987) also made 15 free throws in a game.
- This was Mitchell's 9th game with at least 30 points in her career.
- Senior Ameryst Alston finished with 21 points, marking the 36th game in her career with at least 20 points.
- Forward Alexa Hart recorded the Buckeyes' only block on the day giving her at least one blocked shot in 26-straight games.
- The win was head coach Kevin McGuff's 300th career victory. He has 45 wins with the Buckeyes, 41 at Washington and 217 at Xavier.
Ohio State Individual Notes
- This was Ohio State's first win over a top-10 team since a 54-53 victory at No. 10/8 Michigan State on Feb. 24, 2011.
- This was the Buckeyes' fourth win in a row since dropping the first two games of the season.
- Ohio State closed out the game with 32 points in the fourth quarter, its most points in the final period this season.
The Buckeyes have another top-10 matchup ahead of them as they travel to South Bend, Ind., to take on No. 3 Notre Dame this Wednesday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. ET and will be streamed online through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN App.