INDIANAPOLIS - One day after tying the Big Ten tournament record for points in a game, Ohio State's offense crumbled.
No. 5 seed Purdue upset the No. 1 seed Buckeyes 71-60 in Indianapolis on Saturday evening after forcing OSU to shoot just 34.2 percent from the floor, their worst performance in 11 games. The loss snaps a 12-game winning streak by OSU which ironically started with a 61-56 win over the Boilermakers on Jan. 15. Ohio State's 60 points were a season low.
A day after scoring 27 points in just three quarters of play, Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell was held to just nine points on 3 of 22 shooting as Purdue double teamed her for most of the contest. In terms of scoring, it was her worst game since scoring just eight points against UConn on Nov. 16, 2015.
Trailing by just five at halftime, Ohio State allowed the Boilermakers to open the second half on a 13-3 run and could not catch up as the Purdue lead swelled to as much as 15 midway through the third quarter. The Buckeyes were able to cut the deficit down to just six following an and-one from Shayla Cooper with three minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but OSU failed to inch any closer. Cooper finished with a team high 18 points and 10 boards in the loss.
The Buckeyes and Boilermakers spent much of the first quarter feeling each other out as Ohio State took a slim 22-20 lead into the second. However, Ohio State was able to score just nine points in the quarter, as they shot 3 of 18 from the floor. Mitchell managed just seven first half points and at one point missed seven straight shots. She shot 2 of 12 from the floor in the first half including just 1 of 5 from long range.
After shooting an outstanding 13 of 27 from behind the arc against Northwestern in the quarterfinals, the Buckeyes struggled to hit shots on the perimeter to expand the Purdue zone. Ohio State made just 2 of 12 shots from deep in the first half as the Boilermakers carried a 36-31 lead into the locker room thanks to stellar shooting. Purdue converted on 5 of 7 three-point shots and made all 11 of their free throws in the first two quarters. OSU finished a horrendous 3 of 23 from long range while Purdue finished 8 of 11 from the three-point line.
Despite the loss, Ohio State got a solid performance from post player Tori McCoy, who swatted a season high seven Purdue shots. As a team, the Buckeyes blocked a tournament record 14 shots.
The Boilermakers were led by guard Ashley Morrissette and Dominique Oden as the pair combined for 44 points with Morrissette scoring a game high 24. Purdue also finished an impressive 21 of 23 from the charity stripe.
Purdue is set to take on the winner of the Maryland vs. Michigan State matchup in the Big Ten tournament title game. The Boilermakers have won a Big Ten best nine tournament title games in their history.
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