Buckeyes dominate fourth, top Gophers

OSU women 65, Minnesota 55

Staff Writer
Buckeye Xtra

Aaliyah Patty scored 20 points, and Ohio State used a big fourth quarter to turn back Minnesota 65-55 on Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

The Buckeyes and Golden Gophers were tied at 43 entering the final period.

With the score tied at 45 with 7:20 left, Patty started a 14-0 Ohio State run with a layup, Carmen Grande made a three-pointer, followed by a layup and a three-pointer from Carly Santoro to make it 55-45.

Makayla Waterman followed with a jumper and a layup to make it 59-45 with 3:32 left.

Santoro added 16 points for Ohio State (8-10, 4-5 Big Ten), which stopped a two-game losing streak. Waterman and Janai Crooms each scored nine points for the Buckeyes, who made 7 of 14 three-pointers and shot 45.5 percent overall from the field.

Ohio State was again without leading scorer Dorka Juhasz, who missed her second straight game because of an ankle injury.

Destiny Pitts led Minnesota (13-7, 2-7) with 19 points, while Kenisha Bell added 16 points and Taiye Bello 12. The Golden Gophers outrebounded the Buckeyes 43-33, but shot 30 percent from the field (18 of 60).

Ohio State's next game is Thursday against Illinois at Value City Arena.