A plethora of turnovers and fouls doomed the Ohio State women's basketball team as the No. 7 Buckeyes dropped their first game of the season, a 92-80 loss to No. 4 South Carolina in Columbus.
The Buckeyes committed 29 personal fouls and turned the ball over 17 times, but despite that, trailed just 67-59 heading into the fourth quarter. However, South Carolina started the final frame with a 10-4 ultimately handing the Buckeyes their first loss on the year.
The Gamecocks dominated the paint for most of the game, scoring 44 points underneath and out-rebounding Ohio State 48-36 as the size of South Carolina's Alaina Coates (6-4) and A'ja Wilson (6-5) gave the Buckeyes problems throughout the night, both offensively and defensively.
As per usual, Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell kept the Buckeyes close with 27 points on 9-of-20 shooting, but it was not enough as OSU shot just 28-of-70 as a team from the floor and assisted on just 10 made shots.
While Mitchell usually steals the show, it was South Carolina guard Kaela Davis that led all scorers with 37 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Despite leading 18-17 at the end of the first quarter, Ohio State held the lead for just 2:54 minutes of game play as the Gamecocks beat the Buckeyes at their own game, getting up and down the floor at a lightning quick pace.
While Wilson, the reigning SEC player of the year was held in check for most of the night, Coates dominated the post. The senior center scored 10 points and collected 13 boards for the Gamecocks, her first double-double of the season. Wilson on the other hand scored just five points and pulled down three rebounds in 16 minutes of action before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
Ohio State post players Stephanie Mavunga and Tori McCoy both fouled out for the Buckeyes in the fourth quarter. Mavunga tallied 11 points and nine boards in 30 minutes while McCoy was held scoreless in just eight minutes of action.
The win for the Gamecocks was their second in as many years over Ohio State as South Carolina won last years season opener 88-80 over the Buckeyes in Columbia, S.C.
Next up for Ohio State is a contest against Cleveland State, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Columbus.