Mitchell, Mavunga lift No. 11 Ohio State women past Michigan
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Kelsey Mitchell scored 26 points, Stephanie Mavunga helped control the inside and No. 11 Ohio State survived a record-breaking day by Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty for a 96-87 victory on Saturday.
Mavunga had 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Buckeyes (14-4, 4-0 Big Ten), who had a 47-34 rebounding advantage, including 20-12 on the offensive end for 19 second-chance points. Tori McCoy added 13 points, one of three players off the bench in double figures as the Ohio State reserves outscored their Wolverine counterparts 40-12.
Flaherty had a career-high 38 points, hitting a school record eight 3-pointers, helping the Wolverines (13-3, 2-1) to a season-best 13 3s on 25 attempts. Michigan lost for the first time in six games.
Ohio State, which has won five straight, made five straight baskets in a 10-2 third-quarter run to open a 65-54 lead. The Buckeyes took a 69-59 lead into the fourth and then made 8 of 16 shots and 10 of 12 free throws to hold off the Wolverines.