COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Taylor Thierry scored a career-high 21 points and Taylor Mikesell added 16 as No. 3 Ohio State won its 10th game in a row Sunday defeating Michigan State 74-68.
The Buckeyes (10-0) led by as many as 18 points in the first half before the Spartans cut it down to one with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Mikesell made four free throws in the final minute and Madison Greene added another as Michigan State missed four of its last six shot attempts.
Greene tallied 15 points and Cotie McMahon had eight points alongside 10 rebounds.
The Spartans’ press defense troubled the Buckeyes early as Michigan State (6-5) led 13-11 midway through the opening quarter. Greene sank four free throws as Ohio State closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run.
Thierry tied her previous career best in the first half behind 15 points in that span. She helped Ohio State command a 42-32 lead at halftime.
Ohio State shot 35.7% in the second half and 41.7% overall.
Moira Joiner led the Spartans with 16 points and Gabby Elliott had 11.
Guard Jacy Sheldon missed her third-consecutive game with a right ankle injury. Ohio State’s steals leader has now been held out of five games this season due to the ailment.
Michigan State: The Spartans losing streak extends to five games as they were turned over 22 times, their second-most giveaways in a game this season.
Ohio State: Greene scored eight of her points in the second half and combined with Mikesell to go 17 of 19 at the free-throw line. The Buckeyes’ team 72% at the line kept them ahead in the second half.
Michigan State: Hosts Detroit Mercy Dec. 18.
Ohio State: Hosts Albany Friday.