The names are as impressive as the numbers.

As Kelsey Mitchell continues to score her way toward the top of the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list, she becomes a part of women’s basketball history, adding her name to the discussion of some of the college game’s greats.

The Ohio State senior guard scored her 3,000th point on a jumper from the free-throw line in the second quarter of the Buckeyes’ Saturday win at Indiana, a nice, even threshold that Mitchell said she hasn’t quite processed.

“It actually hasn’t settled in. My grandma said it would settle in one day (she said I’ll say), ‘I should have taken that moment and charmed it a little bit more,’ but it actually hasn’t settled in,” she said Monday. “To be able to be a part of that conversation, though, I’m grateful and that’s all I can really say at this point. It hasn’t settled in and I don’t actually know what it means or how important it is.”

She scored 13 more points to pass Maine’s Cindy Blodgett and become Division I’s 12th leading scorer. Over the next two games, it’s likely she’ll rise as high as No. 8. Five more points ties USC great Cheryl Miller and 12 catches Chamique Holdsclaw. Add another 11 to that and she’ll reach Maya Moore. Another three on top of that would tie Mitchell with former Delaware star Elena Delle Donne.

The sudden climb through women’s basketball history, too, is difficult to process.

“You kind of laugh,” Mitchell said. “They just did this and I’m able to be a part of this. It’s kind of scary, like, ‘What’s going to happen next?’ I always live in the moment, live in the day by day basis, so I mean to be able to be able to be a part of that conversation, knowing that these people played basketball not too long ago and now they’re the voices of women’s basketball, it’s just crazy.

“I don’t know what you say, actually. I’m just lost for words in that regard, knowing the names that are on the list.”

How high Mitchell climbs up the scoring list will likely be determined by how far the Buckeyes go in both the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. Until March, she said she’s focused on the here and now, on making more consistent a No. 8 Ohio State team that enters a Tuesday game against No. 19 Michigan riding a nine-game win streak.

“The one thing I do know is we’re playing well and I think we’re in a position where we can only be better,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot of growing pains and I think me and my team are set for it.”

Staying grounded

Over the course of a two-plus-month conference season, it’s nearly impossible for a team to completely avoid looking ahead. The Buckeyes (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten) will be tested over the next two weeks, as they play three games — against No. 19 Michigan, No. 14 Maryland and No. 20 Iowa — that will likely play a large role in determining Ohio State’s final place in the conference standings.

Coach Kevin McGuff said he continues to preach a message of narrow focus to his team.

“I’ve really emphasized the concept of just day by day, practice by practice, game by game and just try to keep them focused on the task at hand,” he said. “It’s really easy to look ahead and see what’s out there beyond what’s right in front of us, but that’s what we’re just really emphasizing because the Big Ten’s so tough this year. I still think it’s about two things: Getting prepared for each upcoming game and us getting better on a daily basis. That’s what we talk about and that’s what we focus on.”

Other than wins, how does the fifth-year Ohio State coach measure his team’s focus?

“It’s hard to measure other than how I feel about how we show up. We have upperclassmen who have been through it, so hopefully that matters, but it’s really hard,” he said. “There’s so much out there, big-picture stuff that they can be thinking about or looking at. I just don’t like to do it and I don’t like them to do it because anything that takes away from the focus of the task of today, I think, is a problem.”