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Lady Lions fall to undefeated Buckeyes

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Madison Greene had 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Jacy Sheldon scored 21 points and No. 16 Ohio State beat Penn State 82-69 on Monday night in its first game since Dec. 10.

Ohio State led by as many as 18 points in the second half before Penn State started the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run to cut it to 68-61 with 7:21 left. Greene scored eight points during Ohio State’s 12-5 spurt for a 14-point lead at the 2:36 mark.

Ohio State (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) went 24 days between games after pausing due to COVID-19 protocols, last beating Miami (Ohio).

Braxtin Miller added 10 points for the Buckeyes, who were missing three players — including leading scorer (17.8) and rebounder (10.5) Dorka Juhasz. Ohio State is scheduled to face Illinois on Thursday and Rutgers on Sunday.

Makenna Marisa had 21 points and nine rebounds for Penn State (3-4, 0-3). Kelly Jekot scored 12 points of her 19 points in the second quarter and Niya Beverley, a transfer from Wisconsin, added 14 points.

Game notes: Penn State’s defense held an Ohio State offense that was averaging 96.2 points per game, a mark that ranks third-best in the nation, to a season low-tying 82 points. … Marisa notched her second 20-plus point performance of the year. She added a team-best nine rebounds. … Beverley finished 6-for-8 from the field and added five rebounds and a team-best three assists. … Jekot has now scored in double figures in every game this season. … Penn State was held under 70 points for the first time this season. … The Lady Lions host No. 19 Indiana on Thursday.

PENN STATE (3-4): Cash 2-8 0-6 4, Burke 1-6 0-0 2, Jekot 7-17 3-5 19, Marisa 9-16 1-2 21, Thornton 0-3 0-0 0, Camden 1-2 2-2 5, Beverley 6-8 1-1 14, Hagans 0-3 0-0 0, Sabel 2-5 0-0 4, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 28-68 7-16 69

OHIO STATE (5-0): Beacham 3-7 2-2 8, Patty 3-7 3-4 9, Greene 9-17 5-5 24, Miller 4-11 1-2 10, Sheldon 8-19 2-3 21, Bristow 0-0 0-0 0, Hutcherson 3-6 0-0 7, Poole 1-3 0-0 3, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 31-70 13-16 82

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Penn State……………………………….. 12 19 22 16 — 69

Ohio State………………………………… 22 25 19 16 — 82

3-Point Goals–Penn St. 6-21 (Cash 0-1, Burke 0-5, Jekot 2-5, Marisa 2-4, Thornton 0-2, Camden 1-2, Beverley 1-1, Sabel 0-1), Ohio St. 7-25 (Patty 0-2, Greene 1-3, Miller 1-5, Sheldon 3-9, Hutcherson 1-4, Poole 1-2). Assists–Penn St. 8 (Beverley 3), Ohio St. 13 (Greene 5). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Penn St. 39 (Marisa 2-9), Ohio St. 45 (Team 3-6). Total Fouls–Penn St. 13, Ohio St. 15. Technical Fouls–None. A–0.

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