Kevin McGuff provided no updates on Dorka Juhasz on Sunday, but the Ohio State women’s basketball coach clearly hopes his freshman forward’s ankle injury has improved enough to allow her to play in Monday’s Big Ten game at Minnesota.
Juhasz, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Hungary who has six double-doubles this season, missed OSU’s last game, a 70-57 home loss to Maryland, after suffering the injury four days prior against Michigan. Juhasz leads the Buckeyes (7-10, 3-5) in scoring (12.1 points per game) and rebounds (8.3).
Against Maryland, freshman Aaliyah Patty made her first career start in place of Juhasz and had nine points and four rebounds in nearly 24 minutes. However, she scored only two points after a seven-point first quarter in which she made all three of her shots. She also finished the game with six turnovers.
Afterward, McGuff indicated that Patty likely would get the first look if Juhasz can’t go against the Golden Gophers.
“We’ll have to watch the film and see if that was the best way to go in terms of our lineups and our subs, but we don’t really have a ton of options with the short bench,” McGuff said. “It’s next person up. With Dorka out, it’s a tough one to overcome.”
McGuff appreciated how Carly Santoro responded for the Buckeyes against Maryland. The graduate transfer had 23 points, making 10 of 18 shots from the field. Santoro is shooting 41.5 percent from three-point range in Big Ten games, third in the conference.
“If we get Dorka back and Carly is still going, we can just have a few more scoring options,” McGuff said.
Minnesota (13-6, 2-6) is in a bit of a tailspin after a 10-0 start, having beaten only Wisconsin since Dec. 22. The Gophers have lost their past three home games.