Mitchell, Harper help No. 9 Ohio State beat Quinnipiac 95-63
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 32 points, Linnae Harper had a second consecutive double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 9 Ohio State beat Quinnipiac 95-63 Friday night.
Stephanie Mavunga added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes (3-1).
Aryn McClure and Jen Fay scored 15 points each to lead the Bobcats (0-3). Fay also had nine rebounds.
Harper led the way in the first quarter with 12 points and Mitchell picked up the slack in the second with 10. The duo combined for 28 of the team's 46 first-half points and carried the Buckeyes through an inconsistent offensive performance.
Ohio State led by 19 in the third quarter, before a late 7-0 run from Quinnipiac cut the margin to 65-53 heading into the fourth. Mitchell then had three 3s during a 13-0 run in the middle of the final period to push the Buckeyes' lead to 88-58 with 4:09 remaining.
The game became out of hand late, but Quinnipiac disrupted Ohio State inside for the better part of three quarters. The Bobcats had 16 offensive rebounds and forced 14 turnovers.
Mitchell finished the game 11 of 20 from the field and 6 of 9 on 3s. The Buckeyes ended the game on a 20-5 run.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes have one more game before a challenging slate of three games in three days at the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas beginning Thanksgiving Day.
Quinnipiac: The reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions finally have their first home game next week after three games against Power 5 conference teams to open the season.
Ohio State: Hosts Washington on Sunday.
Quinnipiac: Hosts Northern Colorado on Wednesday.