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Turnovers Cost West Virginia Against Ohio State

March 20, 2016

 
NCAA Second Round - Sioux Falls Region
  1 2 3 4 FINAL
West Virginia 21 18 21 21 81
Ohio State 15 24 28 21 88
 
 Quick Stats WVU OSU
Points 81 88
FG Made - Attempted 31-65 26-70
FG Percentage .477 .371
3PT Made - Attempted 9-22 10-19
3PT Percentage .409 .526
FT Made - Attempted 10-13 26-33
FT Percentage .769 .788
Rebounds 46 37
Turnovers 27 9
 
 Statistical Leaders
West Virginia Pts Rbs Asst St Blk
 Bria Holmes 21 3 3 0 1
 Tnice Martin 16 8 1 0 0
Ohio State Pts Rbs Asst St Blk
 Kelsey Mitchell 45 5 2 3 0
 Shayla Cooper 15 10 1 0 2
 
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kelsey Mitchell scored 45 points to help third-seed Ohio State beat No. 6 West Virginia 88-81 on Sunday to move to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Mitchell, constantly battered by a West Virginia team determined to slow her down, made five 3-pointers and also was 18 for 22 from the foul line as the Ohio State moved to the Sweet 16 round for the eighth time. The 45 points was the fourth highest total ever in NCAA play.

Forward Shayla Cooper added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes, who will play either Arizona State or Tennessee on Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Despite Mitchell taking charge, the determined -- and larger -- Mountaineers kept it from getting out of hand, out-rebounding the Buckeyes 46-37 and scoring 36 of their points in the paint. Bria Holmes led West Virginia with 21 points. Tynice Martin had 16 points and Teana Mudrow added 15.

The Buckeyes' defense forced 27 West Virginia turnovers, leading to 40 points.

The game was knotted at 39 at the end of the first half, with Mitchell picking up 20 of her points, including three 3-pointers on four attempts. The Buckeyes led by five heading into the fourth quarter. They allowed the Mountaineers to get within three points with 3:28 left in the game, but another burst by Mitchell that included a pair of 3-pointers opened it back up.

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