The Canisius women’s basketball team dropped an afternoon contest at No. 12 Ohio State Sunday, as the Buckeyes topped the Golden Griffins 89-56 at Value City Arena. With the loss the Blue and Gold falls to 2-7 overall, while Ohio State improves to 8-3.
Canisius held its own early in the contest, leading the Buckeyes by two points with 5:48 left in the first frame, but the nationally-ranked Buckeyes turned the tide and led for the rest of the contest, on the way to its eighth victory of the year.
The Buckeye’s Kelsey Mitchell was the game's leading scorer with 19 points. Tori McCoy recorded a double-double effort for the home team with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Blue and Gold had four-players in double-figures, led by sophomore Sara Hinriksdottir, who continues her strong season. Hinriksdottir hit double-digits for the seventh-straight game, and paced the team with 14 points and three assists.
The battle of the glass was won by the more sizable Buckeyes, as Ohio State pulled down 45 rebounds against the Griffs’ 34.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH ZEH
"I thought we did some really nice things for a while on offense," head coach Terry Zeh said. "The ball was moving and we were getting some nice looks. We we stopped passing and moving and we didn't get great shots. We needed to do a better job of handling their full court pressure. I thought our effort and compete level on the backboards was good considering the size difference we were facing."
• With the loss, Canisius is now 0-3 against the Buckeyes.
• All three games against the Buckeyes have been played in Columbus, Ohio.
• With her 14 points, Sara Hinriksdottir has now recorded double-figures in seven-straight contests.
• Canisius went without a blocked shot for the first time in the 31 games.
Canisius continues its road swing coming up on Monday, Dec. 19. After a week off for finals, the Griffs will play at Morehead State. Tipoff in Morehead, Kentucky is set for 5:15 p.m.