Mitchell helps No. 5 Ohio St rout No. 10 Stanford 85-64
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 30 points and Stephanie Mavunga added 17 points and a career-high 26 rebounds to help No. 5 Ohio State to an 85-64 win over 10th-ranked Stanford on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Ohio State dominated the pace of play in the third quarter, outscoring the Cardinal 24-14, despite shooting just 6 of 22 from the field in the quarter. The Buckeyes made 11-of-13 free throws in the period.
In the fourth, Mitchell put Ohio State up 21 with a 3-pointer at 8:03 remaining. The basket moved her into second on the Buckeyes' all-time scoring list with 2,583 points.
Brittany McPhee scored 24 points to lead Stanford.
Ohio State overmatched the Cardinal on the glass, grabbing 64 rebounds compared to 41 for Stanford. Mavunga bested her previous career-high of 17 rebounds with 21 seconds remaining in the third quarter. She had 14 of Ohio State's 28 offensive rebounds. Stanford tallied nine offensive rebounds.
Returning just two starters from last season, Stanford struggled to find scoring against an Ohio State defense that ranked 313th in total defense last season. The Cardinal shot 37 percent from the field compared to Ohio State's 35 percent, but turned the ball over 15 times and had 19 fewer shots.
No other players were in double figures for Stanford.
Ohio State guard Linnae Harper also had a double-double, with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Ohio State: Friday's win against Stanford was Ohio State's first win against a Top-10 nonconference opponent since Nov. 28, 2015.
Stanford: The loss was the Cardinal's first on opening day since Nov. 17, 2000 at Saint Mary's.
Ohio State: Plays No. 9 Louisville in Columbus on Sunday
Stanford: Stays in Columbus to play No. 1 Connecticut on Sunday.