No. 8 Ohio State Downs Maine 83-70 Behind Stephanie Mavunga's Double-Double

By Kevin Harrish on December 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm
Stephanie Mavunga had a double-double.

Ohio State got back on the winning track on Sunday afternoon, rebounding from Thursday's 83-70 loss to Duke with an 83-70 win over Maine.

Team 1 2 3 4 Final
#8 Ohio State 16 19 28 20 83
Maine 8 16 21 25 70

Stephanie Mavunga was virtually unstoppable down low. She finished with a team-high 26 points and pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds for a double double. She shot a red-hot 11-for-12 from the field.

Mavunga's dominance made up for a lack of scoring from Ohio State's surest scorer. Kelsey Mitchell needed just 20 points to become the team's all-time leading scorer, and she averages 27.3 a game. Mitchell did not really even come near that total on Sunday, scoring just 11 points on a paltry 3-for15 shooting performance.

On the other side of the ball, the Buckeyes had serious problems defending Maine guard Julie Brosseau. She finished with a game-high 29 points, shooting 10-for-18 from the field and 7-for-12 from three-point range.

It took Ohio State a while to pull away in the game. The normally hot-shooting Buckeyes couldn't seem to get the lid off the basket in the first, scoring only 16 points in the first quarter and 19 in the second to hold just a 35-24 lead.

In the second half, Ohio State began to take over, shooting 59 percent from the field and stretching its lead to 63-45 by the end of the third. The dominance continued at the start of the third and from that point on, the Buckeyes coasted, putting bench players in to ride out an 83-70 victory.

With the win, Ohio State improves to 8-2 overall. The Buckeyes are next in action on Wednesday when they travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators.

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