Buckeyes Fall Late To No. 3 Notre Dame 75-72
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Ohio State got 27 points from Kelsey Mitchell and a double-double from Shayla Cooper but in the end, No. 3 Notre Dame made two plays down the stretch and pulled-out a 75-72 victory Wednesday night at Purcell Pavilion.
The loss snaps the Buckeyes four-game winning streak and drops them to 4-3 on the season while Notre Dame improves to 7-0.
The Buckeyes had two chances midway through the fourth quarter to take the lead but were called for offensive fouls. The Irish took advantage and took a 69-63 advantage with four minutes to play. The Buckeyes battled back and got a jumper by Cooper, a lay-up by Asia Doss and a three-point possession from Mitchell to take a 70-69 lead with just over two minutes to play.
Notre Dame’s Madison Cable made a deep three-pointer with less than a minute to play and Ameryst Alston evened the score for the Buckeyes on the ensuing possession. The Irish then got three free throws over the final 30 seconds and Mitchell’s last second three-pointer at the buzzer missed the mark.
Cable led four Buckeyes in double-figures with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Lindsay Allen added 20 points and five assists.
The Irish won the battle on the boards 45-34 and scored 19 points off the Buckeye’s season-high 20 turnovers.
Kelsey Mitchell (OSU) – 27 points, 3 steals, 2 assists
Shayla Cooper (OSU) – 18 points, 15 rebounds
Madison Cable (ND) – 25 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals
Lindsay Allen (ND) – 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
- The Buckeyes were called for charging on two big possessions in the fourth quarter. Both shots were made and both would have giving the Buckeyes the lead.
- Instead, the Irish were able to break open the one-point game and take a 69-63 lead with four minutes to play.
Ohio State Individual Notes
- Forward Alexa Hart recorded a block for the 26th-straight games.
- Senior Ameryst Alston started her 100th career game.
- Head coach Kevin McGuff was on the Notre Dame staff for six seasons (1996-02) and this was his first game coaching against the Irish since that stint.
- Kelsey Mitchell has scored at least 20 points in five-straight games.
- Shayla Cooper scored 18 points grabbed 15 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. That was also her fourth game this season with 10 or more rebounds.
The Buckeyes remain on the road and will travel to Cincinnati this Sunday, Dec. 6, to take on the Bearcats. The game will be a homecoming for the Mitchells as Kelsey, Chelsea and Mark all hail from the Queen City.
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