The No. 12 Ohio State women's basketball team came into Monday night's game against No. 1 UConn riding a four game winning streak, but it was the Huskies extending a winning streak of their own.
The Buckeyes dropped a 82-63 loss to the Huskies on Monday which pushed UConn's winning streak to 85, while Ohio State dropped its fourth game of the season, all of which have come to ranked opponents.
Despite only trailing by six at halftime, Ohio State struggled to slow down the Husky offense in the third quarter. UConn outscored the Buckeyes 30-14 in the third as the Huskies coasted to an easy victory. After scoring 19 points in the first 20 minutes, Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell scored just two points in the third as the Buckeyes committed seven turnovers in the third frame alone. Mitchell finished with 23 points.
UConn was led by Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier, who combined for 53 points with Samuelson drilling 5 of 12 from long range. UConn head coach Geno Auriemma played just six players for most of the game in the win, while the Buckeyes played 10.
The game didn't start out well for the Buckeyes, as they missed their first four shots, all of which came in the paint. Meanwhile, UConn opened up a 19-7 lead with just 1:59 remaining in the first quarter before Ohio State closed the frame with a 9-0 run, capped by a buzzer beating three-pointer by Mitchell to close the gap to just 19-16.
Ohio State would get as close as one after a layup by Stephanie Mavunga opened the scoring in the second quarter, however UConn would respond. After a media timeout with 4:57 to play in the first half, UConn went on a 12-2 run to extend its lead to 40-26 with just 2:22 remaining in the second quarter.
Mitchell again came to Ohio State's rescue, going on an 8-0 run by herself to pull the Buckeyes back within 40-34 at the break.
In her second game back after sitting out four games in early December due to knee soreness, Mavunga notched a double-double, finishing with 13 points and 15 boards. Ohio State's lone senior Shayla Cooper chipped in 15 points in the loss.
The loss to UConn is the second in as many seasons for Ohio State, as the Buckeyes dropped a 100-56 contest to the Huskies last year in Columbus.