Cold shooting sent Ohio State to a 60-42 loss to Purdue on Friday afternoon in its Big Ten women’s basketball opener in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The Buckeyes (4-6), who have lost three straight, hit just 28.6 percent of their attempts from the field. Leading scorer Dorka Juhasz entered the game averaging 12.3 points but had just 2 on 1-of-7 shooting. Carmen Grande, who made 3 of 4 three-point attempts, was the only OSU player to reach double figures with 11 points, and the Buckeyes went 2 of 6 from the free-throw line.
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Carly Santoro made a three-pointer at 9:02 of the second quarter to pull the Buckeyes to 15-14, but that was the closest they got. The Boilermakers (10-4) outscored them 19-11 to take a 34-25 halftime lead.
Ohio State closed to six points on a three-pointer by Najah Queenland at 6:46 of the fourth quarter before Purdue finished the game on a 13-1 run. Ae'Rianna Harris, who finished with 13 points, made a layup and went 4 of 4 from the free-throw line during the Boilermakers’ closing stretch.
Dominique Oden led Purdue with 20 points, and Karissa McLaughlin added 17. Harris also grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots.
Juhasz had seven rebounds and Makayla Waterman blocked three shots for the Buckeyes, who return to Value City Arena on Monday afternoon for their Big Ten home opener against Nebraska.