Mitchell Vaults To Top Of OSU’s All-Time Scoring List
Kelsey Mitchell has set a record pace almost since she set foot on Ohio State’s campus, but on Wednesday the Cincinnati native made it official: She became the school’s all-time leading scorer in the world of women’s college basketball.
Mitchell’s 30-point outburst led OSU to a comfortable 103-77 win over Florida in Gainesville and brought her career scoring total to 2,840 points. The senior point guard added a career-high five steals.
Mitchell went into the night trailing former center Jantel Lavender by just eight points. Lavender left a huge mark on the program with 2,818 points from 2007-11.
Meanwhile, Mitchell’s backcourt mate, Linnae Harper, also reached a milestone by recording her 1,000th career point. Harper logged 18 points, nine rebounds and a pair of steals in the blowout win.
Also, Sierra Calhoun was 3 of 6 from long range and 8 of 8 from the free-throw line to finish with a season-high 21 points. Stephanie Mavunga matched Harper with nine boards to go along with her 16 points and three blocks.
Asia Doss was the fifth Buckeye starter in double-figures with 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
It’s hard to imagine Ohio State (9-2) losing too many games with that kind of production and balance.
At Florida, the Buckeyes took control right away, scoring the game’s first 10 points. Mitchell scored 20 of her 30 points in the first half as the Buckeyes led 51-38 at the break.
The Gators cut the deficit to a little as six points midway through the third quarter but OSU closed the quarter on a 10-3 run to extend the lead back out to 76-59 headed to the fourth.
The fourth quarter opened with three straight Buckeye steals which led to six points. That shoved the lead back out to 20 points and Florida never threatened the rest of the way.
Mitchell’s career point total now ranks her third in all-time Big Ten scoring. She broke Lavender’s school mark on a runner in the lane with 2:57 to play in the first quarter.
The 30-point showing was Mitchell’s fifth this season and marked the 25th time in her career that she scored that many points in a game.
With Mitchell on her game, the Buckeyes connected on 54.1 percent of their shots from the floor – the team’s second-best shooting performance of the season.
OSU next faces Dartmouth at the Schottenstein Center on Friday.