Mitchell averaged 22.6 points, 3.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds during Ohio State’s 28-7 season and earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors for the second time in three seasons. She was named second-team all-America by the Associated Press on Monday.

Making official what has been her likely path since Ohio State’s season ended in the Sweet 16 last weekend, Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell announced Wednesday night in an athletic department statement she will return for her senior season.

Mitchell, who was eligible for the 2017 WNBA draft next month because she will turn 22 this year, kept things open-ended moments after Ohio State fell 99-76 to top-seeded Notre Dame in the Sweet 16 on Friday at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

"I haven't even thought that far. I'm just going to take this loss and soak in it," Mitchell said Friday. "That's it. That's all there is to it."

Mitchell averaged 22.6 points, 3.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds during Ohio State’s 28-7 season and earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors for the second time in three seasons. She was named second-team all-America by the Associated Press on Monday.

"Getting a degree from The Ohio State University was one of my top goals when coming to college and I look forward to completing my degree next spring,” Mitchell said Wednesday in a statement. “My teammates and I also have a number of goals we have yet to accomplish on the court. One of those goals is to play in the Final Four and we have a tremendous opportunity to do that next year here in Columbus. I'm excited to get back in the gym with my teammates and continue to work to get better."

Her decision to stay means Mitchell will remain in the company of her family for another year. Her father, Mark, is an Ohio State assistant and her twin sister, Chelsea, will be a redshirt junior for Ohio State next year.

The 5-foot-8 point guard from Cincinnati already holds more than a dozen Ohio State single-game and career records and during the NCAA Tournament passed Penn State’s Maggie Lucas for most career three-point field goals in Big Ten history. Mitchell now has 368.

Several other Ohio State records will be in play for Mitchell next season. Barring an injury, Mitchell (2,553 points) is expected to pass Katie Smith (2,578 points) and Jantel Lavender (2,818) for most career points in Ohio State history.

“Different defenses are coming at me left and right, so it’s going to be a lot about going to the drawing board, looking at film, understanding where I can get my shots in and be able to make plays,” Mitchell told The Dispatch on Friday, asked about improvements for next year. “Then as far as making your game better, perfecting your game as far as the shot, off the dribble. It’s a lot of things (to become) the most versatile player ever.”

Including Mitchell, Ohio State is expected to return nine of its 10 leading scorers from last season, losing only senior Shayla Cooper to graduation.

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