No. 4 Ohio St leads wire to wire, topping Wright State 105-52
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Rebeka Mikulasikova scored 18 points to lead Ohio State’s six by double digits as the No. 4 Buckeyes earned a 105-52 win over Wright State on Wednesday.
The Buckeyes, who have won five in a row, have shot a season-high 55.7% from the field. They were leading 4-3 after almost the first two minutes and the Raiders never took the lead.
Madison Greene scored a season-high 17 points, Taylor Mikesell and Cotie McMahon added 16 each and Taylor Thierry had 15 points for the Buckeyes.
“One of our best offensive performances,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said.
Mikulasikova scored 11 points in the second quarter as Ohio State went on a 17-2 run. The Buckeyes entered halftime with a 56-28 lead.
McMahon scored 10 points in the third quarter as the Buckeyes shot a record 64.7% in the frame.
Ohio State held a 42-30 advantage on the glass and forced 23 turnovers. McMahon and Rikki Harris had five interceptions apiece.
Isabelle Bolender led Wright State with 13 points. Bryce Nixon added 11 and Columbus native Lauren Scott scored 1.
“I think the third quarter was probably the worst there,” Wright State coach Kari Hoffman said. “I think we’ve had 11 turnovers this term, so that’s where we felt like we’re not really in control of what we can here.”
PASS IT AROUND
Ohio State recorded a season-high 26 assists despite missing its second-highest assists leader.
Greene led the Buckeyes with eight assists, Thierry hit a career-high five and four others added three apiece.
The Buckeyes gave six turnovers, which is their fewest of the season.
“They had seven turnovers in the first half, then in the first five minutes of the third quarter they had eight,” McGuff said. “Just to sum up, it was all because of how hard we played coming out of half-time. But we didn’t play as hard as we should have in the first half.”
Greene, who missed all of last season with knee surgery, shot 5 of 9 from the field with a 3-pointer line. She also went 4 of 4 at the free throw line.
“As well as she played, I think she still has a higher ceiling,” McGuff said. “You can see her in every game, she’s getting a little more comfortable and she’s definitely going in a good direction.”
Guard Jacy Sheldon, whose 27 interceptions in four games leads Ohio State, did not play as she sat down and wore a boot on her right foot.
“Touch wood, we don’t think it’s long term or anything,” McGuff said.
Thierry shot a perfect 7 of 7 from the field. She had five assists, four rebounds and two steals as she hit double figures for the fourth time in five games.
“I just let the game come to me,” Thierry said. “Be aggressive offensively and see where I can contribute, where I can contribute offensively and just be aggressive.”
Wright State: The Raiders lost their third of four to start the year after beating Ohio Christian of the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association on Thursday. Seven of the team’s 15 players are freshmen.
Ohio State: Taylor Mikesell shot 4 of 9 from 3-point range as Ohio State hit a season-high 46.2 percent from range. The Buckeyes finished fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage a season ago and had their best performance from beyond the arc of the young season.
Wright State: Travels to eastern Illinois on Monday.
Ohio State: hosts northern Alabama on Sunday.
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