COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 8 Buckeyes fought off a feisty Maine Black Bears squad to get back on track with an 83-70 win on Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena.
Stephanie Mavunga led the way for Ohio State with 26 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks. The senior now has 1,000 rebounds and 250 blocks in her career, and has a team-high six double-doubles on the year.
Sierra Calhoun tallied a season high 16 points, while Linnae Harper finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kelsey Mitchell rounded out the double-digit scoring Buckeyes with 11 points and five assists.
The Buckeyes had a hard time putting distance between themselves and the Black Bears, finishing the first quarter with a 16-8 lead. The second quarter saw more of the same before Harper sank a jumper with one second left in the half to send the Buckeyes into the break with a 35-24 lead.
Maine continued to hang tight until the midway point of the third when OSU used a 9-0 run to pull away from the Black Bears, eventually finishing the period on an 18-to-9 run, giving them a 63-45 lead heading into the fourth.
The Black Bears closed the gap somewhat in the final period, but could not mount a comeback as the Buckeyes cruised to the 83-70 victory.
Three Maine players finished in double-figures, with Julie Brosseau leading the way with a career high 29 points. Tasha Sutton tied her career high of 18 points, and Blanca Millan chipped in 13 points.
Ohio State finished the game shooting 48.5 percent from the field, and held a 44-to-33 rebounding advantage over the Black Bears.
The Buckeyes now hit the road to take on the University of Florida on Wednesday, December 6. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
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