Faster Ohio State routs overmatched LIU Brooklyn 113-54
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Sierra Calhoun scored 22 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 21 as No. 7 Ohio State routed LIU Brooklyn 113-54 on Saturday.
The more aggressive Buckeyes had 18 steals and with a size advantage inside, outrebounded the overmatched Blackbirds 56 to 30.
Makayla Waterman added 15 points and nine rebounds for Ohio State, and Kiara Lewis had 12 points.
Drew Winter led LIU Brooklyn with 12 points, and Drew Winter had 10. The Blackbirds are winless in their first three starts.
Mitchell, an All-American and arguably the Big Ten's best player, was her usual hot-shooting self, going 8 for 11 from the floor, hitting four 3-pointers and dishing five assists.
With a front-court size advantage of a couple inches, Ohio State (3-1) dominated under the basket, logging 62 points in the paint compared with zero by the Blackbirds. Ohio State shot 50.4 percent from the floor, while LIU Brooklyn made just 31.5 percent of its shots.
Ohio State's 11-0 run to begin the game set the tone. The Buckeyes led 32-8 after the first period on the strength of Duke transfer Calhoun's 5 for 5 shooting from beyond the arc. The Northeast Conference team played better in the second period but still trailed 59-20 at the half. Ohio State led by 53 after three quarters.
LIU Brooklyn: After their third straight loss by double-digits to open the season, the Blackbirds have much room for improvement.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes' lighter preconference schedule continues, giving them a chance to work out the bugs before the tougher games begin. They did what they were supposed to do against a less-talented team.
LIU Brooklyn: Plays University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday night at the TD Bank Classic in Burlington, Vermont.
Ohio State: Travels to Fort Myers to play Florida Gulf Coast.
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