No. 9 Ohio State Downs No. 14 Stanford For Second Time This Season, Winning Play4Kay Showcase Final

By Kevin Harrish on November 26, 2017 at 1:21 am
Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers in Ohio State's win over Stanford.

The No. 9 Buckeyes beat No. 14 Stanford for the second time this season on Saturday, this time topping the Cardinal 94-82 in overtime to win the Play4Kay Showcase, thanks to a 13-0 run to close the game.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 OT Final
#9 Ohio State 13 13 23 27 18 94
#14 Stanford 19 14 25 18 6 82

When Ohio State beat Stanford 85-64 in the season opener, it was a blowout win thanks to a dominating performance on the boards, specifically by Stephanie Mavunga, who had a career-best 26 rebounds.

That was not the case on Saturday. The Cardinal owned the boards and controlled the game much of the night, holding a 45-39 advantage on the boards and leading the Buckeyes by 12 points late in the second quarter. Stanford held Mavunga to just nine rebounds and only Linnae Harper, who had 11, had double-digit rebounds for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State came back in the second half due in no small part to its pesky defense. The Buckeyes forced 23 turnovers, compared to Stanford's nine, leading to 27 points in transition. This aided Ohio State in its second half comeback.

Kelsey Mitchell led the way for the Buckeyes offensively, putting up a season-high 37 points thanks in large part to her shooting at the free throw line. Mitchell went 19-for-20 from the line, taking 20 of the teams 24 total free throws.

The win gives Ohio State the Play4Kay Showcase title and its second win over Stanford this season. The Buckeyes are in action again this week when they head to North Carolina to take on Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.