Run ends in NCAA Tournament Elite 8 for Ohio State women’s basketball

It was a fun and memorable season for the Ohio State women’s basketball team, but its run in the NCAA Tournament ended on Monday night with a shot at the Final Four on the line. The Buckeyes fell to No. 1 seed Virginia Tech, 84-74.

At the end of the day, the Hokies were just too deep and too talented. More than anything, the Hokies were able to solve the riddle that was the Ohio State press, effectively taking the Buckeyes out of their bread-and-butter defensive game plan which everything else runs off of.

It was close for a while, including at the half when the Buckeyes went into the locker room down just 48-45 at halftime after a back-and-forth first two quarters that saw the lead change multiple times.

The second half was a different story though. Virginia Tech was able to use a very good inside-outside game between center Elizabeth Kitley and guard Georgia Amoore to keep OSU’s defense off balance. The Hokies slowly extended the lead as the second half went on and Ohio State seemed to run out of gas and out of opportunities.

Taylor Mikesll led the Buckeyes in scoring with 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range. Cotie McMahon and Jacy Sheldon also ended up in double figures to help the cause.

With the loss, Ohio State ends the season 28-8 with a very good run to its first Elite Eight appearance since 1993. Now, it’s time to turn the page and focus on building toward another good season for 2023-2024.


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