COLUMBUS, Ohio – Indiana fell on the road to No. 5/5 Ohio State on Thursday night inside Value City Arena, 97-70. OSU shot nearly 55 percent in the second half and grabbed 23 offensive boards in the game to get past the Hoosiers.
Four IU (9-6, 1-2) players scored in double figures led by 19 points from Tyra Buss. Amanda Cahill notched her fourth double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 boards as Jenn Anderson and Jess Walter each totaled season-high points with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The Hoosiers caught fire from outside early as Buss and Walter each hit a pair of first quarter 3-point field goals to build an 18-10 lead. Ohio State closed the opening period with an 8-0 run to make it an 18-18 tie after one.
OSU (11-3, 3-0) extended its run to 12-0 overall to lead for the first time with a 22-18 advantage just a minute into the second period. Cahill later hit back-to-back buckets for the Hoosiers to tie the game at 26 apiece before the Buckeyes took advantage of 12 first half IU turnovers to take a 40-35 advantage into the halftime break.
During the first half, Ohio State scored all of its field goals in the paint (32 points) with their other eight points coming from the free throw line.
In the third quarter, Walter and Buss again nailed back-to-back 3-point field goals to make it a one-possession game, 47-44, with 7:18 on the clock. OSU quickly answered, scoring six points in under a minute as part of a 10-0 run, to make it a 57-44 lead.
Anderson scored on consecutive possessions for the Hoosiers to make it a single-digit lead before Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell shut the door with a 3-pointer.
The Buckeyes then pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Indiana 30-15 in the final frame.
Mitchell and Shayla Cooper led OSU with 23 points each as the Buckeyes scored 29 second-chance points on the night to go along with 56 points in the paint.
Cahill shot 7-of-13 from the field as she notched her 10th career double-double. Buss nailed 4-of-7 3-point field goals, tying her career high for most 3-pointers made in a single game.
Walter scored in double digits for the first time this season as Anderson skied for seven boards.
The Hoosiers will next play at Purdue on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. ET inside Mackey Arena