STATE College, Pa. (AP) — Cotie McMahon scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her first double-double and No. 13 Ohio State defeated Penn State 67-55 on Thursday night.
The Buckeyes (22-5, 11-5 Big Ten) scored the last nine points of the third quarter to lead 51-31 and scored the first nine of the fourth quarter.
Rikki Harris had 15 point s with eight rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals for Ohio State and Taylor Thierry scored 13.
Makenna Marisa scored 22 points for Penn State (13-13, 4-11) and Leilani Kapinus had 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Nittany Lions fell to 0-6 against ranked teams,
McMahon hit a 3-pointer, as did Taylor Mikesell, and added a layup in a 12-0 run early in the first quarter as the Buckeyes took a 15-5 lead. The Nittany Lions stayed close, trailing 21-16 after one quarter and 38-26 at the half, a Buckeye lead built off an 11-2 run when Mikesell and Harris hit 3-pointers and Eboni Walker converted a three-point play.
The Nittany Lions were within 38-30 in the first minute of the third quarter but then missed missed their last 14 shots in the quarter and their first three of the fourth quarter.
Harris hit two 3-pointers and Mikesell’s 3 made it 60-31 with 7:37 left. Penn State then scored the next 16 points with Marisa scoring 13.
The Buckeyes play at No. 12 Michigan on Monday. Penn State is at Illinois on Sunday.
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