College basketball: Ohio State tops No. 12 Maryland in women’s hoops

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Taylor Mikesell scored a career-high 33 points, Jacy Sheldon added 24 points with 10 assists and Ohio State beat No. 12 Maryland 95-89 on Thursday night.

Mikesell topped her previous high of 32, set against Illinois on Jan. 6, with two free throws in the closing seconds. Mikesell, playing against her former team, was 11 of 13 from the field, including five straight makes from 3-point range, and 6 of 6 at the line. She scored 12 points in the fourth quarter while Sheldon scored 15 to reach 1,000 points for her career.

Ohio State was in control, taking an 85-74 lead with 2:13 left on a Sheldon basket, but Chloe Bibby took over for Maryland by making three straight 3-pointers to get within 87-83.

Sheldon went baseline and made a layup while being fouled but missed the free throw to keep it at 89-83. Ohio State led by two possessions the rest of the way.

Rebeka Mikulasikova added 10 points for Ohio State (14-3, 6-2 Big Ten). The Buckeyes shot 55% from the field, including 8 of 14 from distance, and made 21 of 29 free throws.

Mikesell made all four of her 3-pointers in the first half and reached 16 points by halftime to help Ohio State lead 45-37.

Maryland (12-6, 4-3) entered having lost five games to teams currently ranked in the top 10. The Terps were without coach Brenda Frese, who was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa after the passing of her father. Associate head coach Karen Blair stood in her place against Ohio State.

Angel Reese led Maryland with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Bibby finished with 20 points and seven boards. Ashley Owusu was held to 12 points on 3-of-15 shooting.

Reese beat the third-quarter buzzer by finishing a lob pass from Bibby on an inbounds play with 0.4 seconds left to get within 65-57. Bibby scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

OSU men’s game postponed

The Nebraska men’s basketball game at No. 19 Ohio State on Saturday has been postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Cornhuskers’ program.

Nebraska said in a statement Thursday it would not have the Big Ten minimum of seven scholarship players available.

Nebraska and Ohio State will coordinate with the Big Ten to reschedule the game.

The Buckeyes had three nonconference games in December canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak in their program. Until now, the Huskers had not had any games affected by the virus this season.

Akron 91, Bowling Green 66

BOWLING GREEN — Bryan Trimble Jr. made 10 3-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points as Akron romped past Bowling Green.

Ali Ali had 15 points for Akron (11-5, 4-2 Mid-American Conference). Xavier Castaneda added 14 points and six assists, and Greg Tribble had 11 points.

Daeqwon Plowden had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Falcons (9-9, 2-5). Myron Gordon added 12 points and Josiah Fulcher had nine points and 10 rebounds. Lima Senior graduate Josiah Fulcher had nine points and 10 rebounds for BGSU.

Wright St. 73, IUPUI 45

INDIANAPOLIS — Grant Basile had 20 points as Wright State routed IUPUI 73-45 on Thursday night.

CJ Wilbourn had 11 points for Wright State (10-8, 7-2 Horizon League). Tim Finke added eight rebounds.

Bakari LaStrap had 10 points and six rebounds for the Jaguars (1-16, 0-7), whose losing streak stretched to 11 games.

Wright State defeated IUPUI 72-58 on Jan. 8.

The Associated Press

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