Kelsey Mitchell finished with more than 20 points for the fifth straight game Wednesday, Sierra Calhoun was dominant from three-point range, and Ohio State rolled over Penn State 87-72 at Value City Arena for its sixth straight win.
Calhoun, a 6-foot redshirt sophomore guard, made 5 of 6 three-point attempts and finished with 17 points, her most since Nov. 26. Mitchell scored 23 points to lead No. 14 Ohio State (20-5, 10-1 Big Ten) in scoring for the 13th straight game. Stephanie Mavunga had 11 points and 11 rebounds for her 10th double-double
Penn State’s Teniya Page, who finished with 32 points, hit four free throws to lead the Nittany Lions on a 9-0 run toward the end of the third quarter, but that uptick in offense only cut Ohio State’s lead to 68-53 after 30 minutes. Penn State (14-8, 4-6) drew no closer than 14 in the fourth quarter.
The Buckeyes continued a recent trend of fast starts out of halftime, beginning the second half on an 8-0 run. Mitchell scored 11 points in the first seven minutes of the third quarter. A three-point play with 3:15 remaining gave the Buckeyes a 63-39 lead.
Ohio State took a 15-point halftime lead after producing one of its best starts of the Big Ten season. A starting lineup of Mitchell, Kiara Lewis, Calhoun, Shayla Cooper and Mavunga — together for the fourth straight game — took a 21-7 lead on a Mitchell jumper with 3:51 left and coach Kevin McGuff made his first set of substitutions 35 seconds later.
Freshman forward Tori McCoy scored all five of her first-half points in the final 44 seconds of the second quarter. Her three-point play with nine seconds left gave the Buckeyes a 44-29 advantage.
Calhoun made 3 of 4 three-pointers to lead Ohio State with 11 first-half points, and Mitchell added nine. Page had 12 points on 3-of-9 shooting.
Ohio State’s seventh straight win will be on the line Saturday when the Buckeyes head to last-place Wisconsin for a 2 p.m. game.