OSU Women Tabbed To Take Big Ten

By Jeff Rapp, October 24th, 2017

The Ohio State women’s basketball team has the star power to win the Big Ten title in 2017-18 – or at least that is the opinion of the the league’s coaches and selected media members.

OSU seniors Kelsey Mitchell and Stephanie Mavunga each were named preseason All-Big Ten and Mitchell was selected as Big Ten preseason Player of the Year as announced by the conference on Monday.

As a team, the Buckeyes were picked to win the conference by both the coaches and the media.

Mitchell, the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and three-time All-American, is set for what could be a record-breaking final season in scarlet and gray. She already hold’s school and Big Ten all-time records in three-point field goals made and is just 30 behind the NCAA record. Mitchell has scored 2,553 career points in 104 games and is just 265 points away from Jantel Lavender’s school record of 2,818.

Mavunga earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in her first season as a Buckeye despite missing 13 games. She was the most efficient rebounder in the country, pulling down nearly 20 percent of the team’s rebounds and also became the third Buckeye in school history to average a double-double for the season, notching 11.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

The Buckeyes have been practicing for more than three weeks and will host their first exhibition game this Sunday, Oct. 29, against Ashland at 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. Ashland was the NCAA Division II national champion last season. The Eagles’ lone loss last year came at the hands of the Buckeyes in an exhibition game as they were 37-0 in 2016-17.