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Minnesota vs Ohio State WBB Game Thread

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February 8, 2023 at 6:46pm

The Minnesota Golden Gophers (9-14, 2-10 Big Ten) look to stop a four-game losing streak when they visit the Ohio State Buckeyes (20-4, 9-4 Big Ten) on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. The game airs at 7:00 PM ET.

Ohio State fell to Maryland 90-54 in the team's last outing on Sunday. Taylor Thierry's team-high 21 points weren't enough in the loss.

Minnesota fell to Illinois 69-62 in the team's last outing on Sunday in spite of a team-high 24 points from Alanna Micheaux.

Ohio State Team Stats

Ohio State heads into the matchup scoring an average of 82.7 points per game, 10.6 more than the 72.1 Minnesota allows per contest. The Buckeyes are 19-1 in games where they score over 72 points.

The Buckeyes make 69.8 percent of their free throws as a team, the 10th-best mark in the Big Ten. Cotie McMahon hits three free throws per game to lead Ohio State while knocking down 66 percent of her attempts at the line.

Minnesota Team Stats

The Golden Gophers 71.3 points per game average is more than the 66.1 Ohio State gives up. When Minnesota does reach the 66-point mark, it is 8-5 on the year.

Led by Micheaux's 3.3 offensive rebounds a game, the Golden Gophers have crashed the offensive glass well this season, averaging 13.9 per game. That total is second best in the Big Ten.

Ohio State Players to Watch

Taylor Mikesell paces the Ohio State's scoring effort, averaging 17.6 points and 1.5 steals per game. Madison Greene is the team's top passer, notching 5.0 assists to go with 10.9 points per game. The Buckeyes' leading rebounder is Thierry, who pulls down 6.9 boards per game in addition to averaging 13.7 points.

Averaging 3.1 made three-pointers a contest, Mikesell is Ohio State's most prolific three-point shooter while knocking down 38 percent of her shots from beyond the arc.

Minnesota Players to Watch

Micheaux is the leader for Minnesota in both scoring and rebounding with 14.7 points and 8.4 boards per game. Mara Braun also contributes with 14.5 points and 1.8 steals for the Golden Gophers, and Mallory Heyer averages 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

Braun leads Minnesota's three-point shooting efforts, making two threes per game while connecting on 33 percent of her shots from beyond the arc.

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