Buckeyes’ fast start proves costly for Lady Lions

From Mirror, wire reports

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kelsey Mitchell had four 3-pointers and 23 points and No. 14 Ohio State cruised to a sixth straight win with an 87-72 victory over Penn State on Wednesday night.

The Buckeyes (20-5, 10-1 Big Ten) started with a 21-7 lead, pushed the margin into double digits for good in the second quarter and led by as many as 24.

Sierra Calhoun added 17 points and made 5 of 6 from 3-point range for the Buckeyes. Mitchell was 4 of 10 from deep and Ohio State finished 11 of 23. Stephanie Mavunga had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Nittany Lions (14-8, 4-6) had a 12-2 run to close to 82-68 with 3:31 left but got no closer. Teniya Page had 32 points and Sierra Moore had eight points and nine rebounds for Penn State.

Page made six of her 12 3-point attempts, but Penn State went 9 for 27 as a team.

Page’s four 30-point games are tied for No. 4 all-time at Penn State, trailing Kelly Mazzante (27), Maggie Lucas (7) and Kahadeejah Herbert (6). Page connected on eight field goals –including a career-high-tying six 3-pointers — and made all 10 shots from the free throw line.

The Lady Lions are at Northwestern this Sunday.

PENN STATE (14-8): Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Carter 3-13 1-1 7, Moore 4-5 0-0 8, Page 8-20 10-10 32, Travascio-Green 2-6 0-0 6, Mitchell 2-6 0-0 4, Whitted 2-4 0-0 4, Williams 2-2 0-1 4, Spann 3-11 0-0 7, Totals 26-69 11-12 72.

OHIO STATE (20-5): Cooper 3-5 0-0 6, Mavunga 4-7 3-3 11, Calhoun 5-9 2-3 17, Lewis 2-2 2-2 6, Mitchell 7-18 5-6 23, Hart 0-0 0-0 0, McCoy 2-5 1-1 5, Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0, Waterman 1-2 2-2 4, Caretti 0-0 1-2 1, Doss 2-5 0-0 5, Harper 4-8 0-0 9, Totals 30-62 16-19 87.

Penn State     15 14 24 19 — 72

Ohio State     26 18 24 19 — 87

3-Point Goals–Penn St. 9-27 (Carter 0-2, Page 6-12, Travascio-Green 2-6, Mitchell 0-2, Spann 1-5), Ohio St. 11-23 (Cooper 0-1, Calhoun 5-6, Mitchell 4-10, Doss 1-3, Harper 1-3).  Assists–Penn St. 12 (Carter 4), Ohio St. 18 (Mitchell 5).  Fouled Out–Penn St. Thomas,  Rebounds–Penn St. 40 (Moore 9), Ohio St. 38 (Mavunga 11).  Total Fouls–Penn St. 18, Ohio St. 13. A–4,541.

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