Freshman Janai Crooms played 40 minutes and scored 27 points, and Ohio State overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter and finished overtime on a 9-1 run to defeat Penn State 76-71 in a back-and-fourth Big Ten game on Thursday night in State College, Pennsylvania.
The Buckeyes (7-8, 3-3) trailed 63-45 with 7:01 to play in regulation before rallying with a 14-0 run. A layup by Crooms with 17 seconds left tied the score at 67 and brought on OT.
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Penn State led 70-67 with 3:49 left in overtime before Ohio State's Carly Santoro started the closing surge with a three-pointer. Crooms hit a layup with 38 seconds to go to give the Buckeyes the lead for good at 72-70. Dorka Juhasz made a layup and two free throws in the final 11 seconds to close out Ohio State's third straight victory, which comes on the heels of a five-game losing streak.
Juhasz finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Makayla Waterman had 10 points and Carmen Grande eight points and 12 assists for the Buckeyes, who led by eight points in the third quarter before the Nittany Lions finished on a 19-2 run to take a 54-45 lead into the fourth.
Penn State scored the first nine points of the final period to open the 18-point advantage before the Buckeyes stormed back. Juhasz made two baskets and two three-pointers, Waterman and Grande both hit three-pointers and Crooms made two baskets to help OSU rally.
Teniya Page scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures for Penn State (9-8, 2-4), which missed five straight shots, including three three-pointers, and committed three turnovers to end overtime. Crooms had two steals and Waterman a blocked shot in that span.