Ohio State’s 108-73 win over Southern University would hardly be a noteworthy game in program history, but Wednesday night in Columbus was a little different.
Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell became the youngest player in NCAA women’s history to score 2,000 points for her career, as she dropped in 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting against the Jaguars coming to exactly 2,000 points in 79 career games as a Buckeye.
Her 1,999th and 2,000th career points came on a pair of free throws with 3:54 remaining in the fourth quarter, after which head coach Kevin McGuff subbed Mitchell out of the game to a standing ovation from the crowd at Value City Arena.
Mitchell said she was not aware she was closing in on the record until she started hearing extra chatter from the Ohio State bench.
"I heard on the sideline, they were like, 'Get two points.' And I was like, 'For what?'" Mitchell said. "It was different, but it was funny at the same time. I had no clue, and then they said I needed one more point. I assumed that is what it was when they stopped the game."
Even McGuff said he wasn't aware that Mitchell was coming up on 2,000 points until his assistant coach Patrick Klein and an OSU spokesman told him during a timeout.
"When she needed two, they alerted me to that," McGuff said. "To do this is amazing. She is a really special young woman and this hasn't happened by accident. She is one of the hardest workers I have ever been around and she is relentless about getting better and she loves the game. It is a great accomplishment and acknowledgement of how much time and effort she has put into being who she is."
Mitchell also finished with a game high eight assists, many of which went to freshman Tori McCoy who finished with a career high 25 points on a perfect 10-for-10 shooting. McCoy's big night also made history as she tied Jessica Davenport's record for most shots made without a miss in a single game.