No. 6 Seed Ohio State Upsets No. 3 Seed LSU 79-64, advances to first sweet 16 since 2017

The Ohio State women’s hoops team did what the men’s team couldn’t, qualifying for the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 6 seed Buckeyes pulled off the upset on Monday night, beating the No. 3 seed LSU 79-64 on the Tigers’ home court to earn their ticket to their first Sweet 16 since 2017 where they will meet the top seed. No. 2 Texas on Friday.

Team

1

2

3

4

FINAL

#6 Ohio State 15 19 23 22 79

#3 USL

8

18

11

27

64

As usual, it was the trio of Jacy Sheldon, Taylor Mikesell and Rebeka Mikulášiková that paved the way for the Buckeyes. All three were in double figures with Sheldon leading with 23 points and eight assists for a near double-double.

But it wasn’t just about scoring — Buckeye’s defense shut down LSU, too. Ohio State set the tone early, forcing seven turnovers from Tiger in the first quarter alone and keeping them just 36.8 percent shooting on the game.

OHIO STATE

STAT

USL

79

POINTS

64

28-58 (48%)

FGM-FGA (PCT.)

25-68 (37%)

10-22 (45%)

3 PM-3PA (pct.)

2-8 (25%)

13-16 (81%)

FTM-ALE (PCT.)

12-22 (55%)

20

SALES FIGURES

11

43

TOTAL BOUNDS

36

9

OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS

14

34

DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS

22

13

BENCH POINTS

5

4

BLOCKS

5

5

FLY

13

16

ASSISTANCE

8

It was a lousy game in the first quarter as Ohio State opened the game just 1-9 from the field. but LSU was unable to take advantage of the slow start, going just 3 for 15 from the field with seven turnovers in the first quarter. Buckeye’s offense finally came to life and closed the quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 15-8 lead after the first quarter.

Ohio State held a single-digit lead throughout the second quarter. LSU managed to cut Buckeye’s lead to just three points midway through the quarter, but Ohio State controlled play throughout the second, managing to extend the lead to nine points on several occasions. At the end of the half, Ohio State led 34-26.

The Buckeyes took control of the game early in the third, opening the quarter on a 13-2 run to take an early 19-point lead. Ohio State shot 64.3% from the field in the quarter to inflate the lead to 24 points — the biggest deficit the Tigers have faced all season.

LSU lost the lead in the fourth quarter and made a late run, but never really threatened. The Tigers never managed to reduce the lead to less than 11 points and the Buckeyes took a 79-64 victory.

With the win, Ohio State advances to its first Sweet 16 since the Kelsey Mitchell-led Buckeyes advanced past the second round in 2017. The Buckeyes haven’t made the NCAA Elite Eight tournament since 1993, when Ohio State finished second after falling to Texas Tech 84-82 in the national title game.

The Buckeyes travel to Spokane, Wash., to face second seed Texas on Friday.

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