Brownsburg, Indiana, native Stephanie Mavunga has played Indiana just twice in her Ohio State career, and both times she has made the Hoosiers pay.

In her first collegiate game in her home state last season, she had 14 points and 17 rebounds in a 92-82 Ohio State win. On New Year’s Eve at Value City Arena, she had 14 points and 16 rebounds in an 85-70 win.

As the No. 10 Buckeyes (15-2, 4-0) head to Indiana on Saturday looking to keep their undefeated conference record intact, Mavunga aims to put forth a similarly dominant performance.

“The goals never change. You still want to win, want play smart, play hard, play together and just have fun out there,” the senior forward said. “I’m really excited to see all my friends, see all my family, my brothers and it’ll be a really good time. Hopefully we can play hard and pull out the win.”

When Mavunga is at her best, it's rare that the Buckeyes aren’t.

In a season and a half at Ohio State, she has scored 15 points or more 10 times. The Buckeyes are unbeaten in those games.

Mavunga has finished with 10 rebounds or more 23 times. The Buckeyes have lost just three of those 23.

She also has reached a double-double 19 times. Ohio State is 18-1 in those instances, including 8-0 this season.

Typically, it is easy to know early whether Mavunga has that spark. In Ohio State's 91-75 win over Minnesota on Jan. 4, for example, she established her presence in the post with ease, scoring seven of her 25 points in the opening 4:36.

“I think she is kind of a rhythm player, and obviously we’re a different team when she plays like that,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. “(And) when she doesn't have that first quarter like we hope, she still can stay in there and hang in there mentally and physically, and maybe that comes in the second quarter or the third quarter.”

Maintaining rhythm over a 40-minute game and doing so on a game-to-game basis is an area in which she is still working to improve. In an overtime win Sunday at Michigan, Mavunga picked up a second foul early in the second quarter and her fourth foul with 6:50 left in the fourth quarter.

The situation impacted her stat line — four points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 22 minutes — but less than it would have earlier in her career, she said.

“I feel like I was really still engaged and so I dealt with it well,” she said. “It’s knowing that I still have to be out there helping my teammates, because when I’m pouting that brings negativity to the team.”

Against Indiana, and with Mavunga on the court, there’s often little about which the Buckeyes can pout.