Kelsey Mitchell and Sierra Calhoun came to play on Saturday for the Ohio State women’s basketball team. The pair combined to score 43 points, including 35 in the first half, as the Buckeyes buried LIU Brooklyn 113-54 in Columbus.
Calhoun had her best game in an Ohio State uniform, scoring 22, grabbing four rebounds, and swiping four steals. Mitchell added 21 to go along with five assists, and Makayla Waterman, playing in the place of Stephanie Mavunga, set career-highs with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The scarlet and gray improved to 3-1 on the young season, and will now have to wait until Friday for their next game.
Ohio State started off strong, sprinting out to an 11-0 lead in the game’s first three minutes. Calhoun was absolutely unconscious, going 6-for-6 from the field in the first quarter, including 5-for-5 from three-point range, scoring 18 points as the Buckeyes outscored the Blackbirds 32-8.
LIU shot just 3-for-13 (23.1 percent) from the floor in the opening frame, while Ohio State was over 50 percent and made all six of its attempts from deep.
The onslaught continued in the second quarter as Mitchell got involved. The junior All-American scored 14 in the frame, finishing the half with 17. Ohio State forced 16 turnovers by the Blackbirds in the first half, and hit 10 of 15 three-point tries to stake itself to a 59-20 lead heading into the locker room.
The second half started out much as the first did, with the Buckeyes opening on a 10-0 run in the first three minutes of the third quarter. This time it was Ohio State’s frontcourt doing the damage, as Shayla Cooper and Alexa Hart each scored four quick points.
Mitchell, Tori McCoy, Kiara Lewis, and Asia Doss scored four points apiece in the quarter as well, and LIU’s shooting woes continued (4-for-16), as the Buckeyes moved to the final 10 minutes with a commanding 89-36 lead.
The result of the game was a foregone conclusion by the time the fourth quarter came around, but Ohio State finished out strong. Waterman scored eight in the period, and Lewis, who finished with 12 for the game, had four.
McCoy notched double digits on the glass, grabbing 12 to go with nine points, and fellow freshman Jensen Caretti had nine rebounds of her own as the Buckeyes beat the Blackbirds on the boards, 58-30.
Next up for Ohio State is a trip to Estero, Florida for the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament. They tip off against Florida Gulf Coast the day after Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. ET