OSU women top Detroit for first win

Staff Writer
Buckeye Xtra

Ohio State picked up its first win of the season in women’s basketball Friday night, defeating Detroit Mercy 55-41 at Value City Arena.

For the second consecutive game, the Buckeyes (1-1) started slowly. In their season-opening loss to South Florida, they trailed 21-11 after one quarter. Against the Titans (1-1), they fell behind 12-11 in the opening quarter before pulling away.

Freshman Aaliyah Patty led Ohio State with 16 points off the bench, making 8 of 11 shots. Her layup 34 seconds into the second quarter gave the Buckeyes a 13-12 lead and they never trailed again. Patty sparked a strong bench advantage over the Titans, as OSU outscored Detroit Mercy’s bench 31-0.

Fellow freshman Dorka Juhasz posted her second consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes. Ohio State outrebounded the Titans 40-28. In that season-opening loss to South Florida, the Buckeyes were outrebounded 48-32.

Carmen Grande handed out seven assists, including the 700th of her career. The graduate transfer from Ball State is the leader in career assists among current players.

The OSU bench contributed by making 15 of 26 field goals (58 percent).

Lexey Tobel paced Detroit Mercy with 12 points but made just 4 of 12 shots. The Titans shot just 33 percent from the field (16 of 48).

A much-stiffer test awaits the Buckeyes as they travel to second-ranked Connecticut on Sunday, the beginning of a three-game trip for the Buckeyes and the season opener for the Huskies.

The Buckeyes have never beaten the Huskies, losing all four meetings.

Ohio State next plays at home on Nov. 29 against North Carolina as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

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