MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Ohio State went on a 16-0 run and held Minnesota scoreless for nearly seven minutes in the fourth quarter. That stretch turned a two-point deficit into a 14 point lead and the Buckeyes would pick up a big road victory 65-55 on Monday evening.
Freshman Aaliyah Patty scored a season-high 20 points and made a pair of three-pointers. Her four points early in the fourth quarter sparked the deciding run.
Carly Santoro knocked-down both of her three-point attempts and finished with 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Janai Crooms and Makayla Waterman each added scored nine as Crooms tied her season-high with four assists and Waterman matched her career-high with four blocks.
Carmen Grande dished-out a game-high eight assists to go along with six points and five rebounds.
Ohio State (8-10, 4-5) shot 58 percent in the decisive second half. Minnesota (8-10, 2-7) made their first shot of the fourth quarter at the 9:19 mark to take a 45-43 lead but then missed its next seven shots over the ensuing seven minutes. Santoro hit a big three from the wing to push the Buckeye run to 12-0 and then Waterman scored back-to-back buckets in the paint to extend the run to 16-0 and give OSU a 59-45 lead with 2:09 to play. That run took the wind out of the Gophers sails and allowed the Buckeyes to cruise the rest of the way.
The Buckeye defense limited Minnesota to just 27 percent shooting in the opening half and forced 10 turnovers but the Gophers made 9-of-10 free throws and led 28-25 at the break. The 55 points was the second-lowest total of the season for the Gophers who scored just 53 points in their last game vs. Purdue.
The Buckeyes will host Illinois on Thursday evening at Value City Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. This is the team’s only meeting this season.