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GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Ohio State 82, Rutgers 70

By DOUG FEINBERG
AP Basketball Writer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rebeka Mikulasikova scored a career-high 31 points and Taylor Mikesell added 30 to help No. 4 Ohio State beat Rutgers 82-70, a day that the Scarlet Knights honored former coach C. Vivian Stringer.

The school dedicated the court to Stringer, who retired after last season.

There have been only a handful of schools to name their courts after women's basketball coaches, including Tennessee for Pat Summitt, North Carolina State for Kay Yow, Arkansas-Little Rock for Joe Foley and DePaul for Doug Bruno.

Stringer was in attendance and at halftime her family and many former players gathered on the court to celebrate the dedication of it. Rutgers officials gave Stringer a piece of the floor that her teams played on as a gift.

Buoyed by the return of their Hall of Fame coach, Rutgers played its best game of the season against a ranked opponent. Ohio State (8-0) jumped out to a 20-6 lead after one quarter, but the Scarlet Knights (4-6) wouldn't go away.

They were down 18 near the end of the half before Kaylene Smikle hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to get within 43-28. Rutgers continued that momentum in the second half and made it 53-45 with 3:25 left in the third quarter.

Mikulasikova and Mikesell then scored the next six points for Ohio State to restore the double-digit advantage, and Rutgers couldn't recover.

Smikle led Rutgers with 21 points.

Ohio State was missing guard Jacy Sheldon (foot injury). She is averaging 16 points a game.

TIP-INS

Rutgers has struggled this season against ranked opponents, going 0-3. The Scarlet Knights also lost to Tennessee and Texas by an average of 39 points. ... The No. 4 ranking is the highest for Ohio State since January 2010, when the team was fourth for one week.

TRIBUTES

Throughout the game, Rutgers played video tributes to Stringer, including from South Carolina coach Dawn Staley, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer and former player Essence Carson.

December 4, 2022


Ohio State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
R. Mikulasikova F 36 11-16 7-8 2-4 1-6 2 0 0 4 0 31
C. McMahon F 33 1-6 3-4 0-1 0-4 7 2 3 3 2 5
M. Greene G 40 3-6 0-0 0-1 0-2 7 0 3 0 1 6
T. Mikesell G 40 12-21 0-0 6-12 0-2 1 0 1 0 1 30
T. Thierry G 25 3-4 1-1 0-0 2-4 2 1 1 1 4 7
R. Harris 21 1-4 1-2 0-1 2-5 2 0 0 2 2 3
H. Bristow 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Shumate 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Totals   199 31-58
(.534)
12-15
(.800)
8-19
(.421)
5-24 21 3 9 10 11 82


Rutgers
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Cornwell F 13 2-5 2-2 0-0 4-6 0 0 0 0 0 6
K. Brown C 33 6-8 1-1 2-3 0-3 1 0 2 3 3 15
A. Sidibe G 37 5-7 0-0 0-0 1-5 1 1 1 7 2 10
K. Carter G 30 4-9 2-2 1-3 1-6 5 0 0 3 2 11
A. Streeter G 20 0-4 0-0 0-4 0-2 1 0 1 0 0 0
K. Smikle 36 8-14 4-7 1-4 2-6 3 0 1 4 3 21
E. Lafayette 26 3-9 0-0 1-4 0-1 1 0 0 0 4 7
A. Bates 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals   200 28-57
(.491)
9-12
(.750)
5-18
(.278)
12-35 12 1 5 21 15 70


Officials: Gina Cross, Frank Steratore, Stephanie D. Barksdale




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