Mitchell has 25 points, No. 6 Ohio State beats Belmont 84-56
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Kelsey Mitchell had 25 points and six assists and No. 6 Ohio State beat Belmont 84-56 on Thursday for its first victory of the season.
Ameryst Alston scored 15 of her 22 points in the first half, and Cait Craft added 15 points and a career-high nine assists.
Ohio State (1-2) was 0-2 for the first time since 1979 after losing to No. 2 South Carolina (88-80) and No. 1 UConn (100-56).
Ohio State made 10 3-pointers in the first half, while Belmont (2-1) had only seven successful field goals. Belmont cut it to 24-12, but the Buckeyes reeled off 14 points in a row. Mitchell had two 3-pointers and Craft and Alston each had one.
Kylee Smith led Belmont with 14 points.
Belmont: This was the first meeting between the schools. The Bruins fell to 1-3 against Big Ten opponents, having lost twice to Michigan and beating Nebraska.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes are the first team in NCAA history to open the season against the top two teams in the country.
Belmont: The Bruins remain in Ohio to play Cleveland State on Sunday.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes host Wagner on Sunday.