Hoosiers Come Up Short at Ohio State

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(ISN) – COLUMBUS, Ohio — Indiana hung tough on the road, but fell to Ohio State in Value City Arena on Sunday, 78-70. Five Hoosiers scored in double figures led be Karlee McBride’s 15 points off the bench.

IU (13-10, 3-9) nailed 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) 3-point field goals in the game, but Ohio State (16-8, 8-4) scored 17 points off of Hoosiers turnovers and shot 49.1 percent from the floor for the game.

The Buckeyes scored five unanswered to start and built a 14-5 lead just over five minutes into the game. McBride nailed a 3-pointer before back-to-back Jenn Anderson layups capped a 7-0 IU run to cut the lead to two, 14-12.

Indiana later tied the game on an Alexis Gassion 3-point field goal and then took its first lead of the game with a trey from Tyra Buss to make it a 21-20 Hoosier advantage at the 7:45 mark. A third straight 3-pointer from Larryn Brooks made it a 9-2 IU run and a 24-20 score.

The teams battled back and forth before OSU took a 35-34 halftime lead into the locker room.

Out of the break, OSU outscored the Hoosiers 15-5 in the first 6:41 of the half to take a 50-39 lead after a Kelsey Mitchell 3-point field goal at the 13:19 mark. An Anderson free throw and Amanda Cahill 3-pointer halted that run to make the margin seven points.

After a Buckeye field goal, Anderon hit a jumper and Brooks nailed a pair from the free throw line to cut the Indiana deficit to just five points, 52-47, with 8:51 remaining.

Ohio State responded to that threat with a 7-0 run to make the lead double-digits again.

Indiana’s McBride and Brooks nailed back-to-back 3-pointers with just over a minute to play to shrink the lead to six, 74-68, but OSU free throws in the final minutes put the game out of reach.

Other IU players in double figures included Alexis Gassion with 15 points, Brooks and Buss with 11 points each and Anderson with 10. Brooks and Buss each nailed three 3-pointers in the game as Gassion and McBride both added a pair of treys.

Ohio State’s backcourt duo of Mitchell and Ameryst Alston scored 24 points apiece as OSU’s Alexa Hart added 18 points shooting 8-of-10 from the floor with eight rebounds.