Women’s Basketball: Buckeyes break Big Ten half scoring record, beat Bellarmine 110-58

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Ohio State junior guard Jacy Sheldon (4) goes up to the basket for a layup during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3c83na_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State freshman guard Taylor Thierry (14) puts up a layup during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Andres Ibarra | Arts & Life Producer https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=4K8xSh_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State freshman guard Kaitlyn Costner (20) dribbles the ball down the court during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Andres Ibarra | Arts & Life Producer https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=21bCEh_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State sophomore guard Kateri Poole (5) pushes her way through the Bellarmine defense during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=4A7Rs2_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State junior guard Jacy Sheldon (4) puts up a layup at the basket during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Andres Ibarra | Arts & Life Producer https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0LLwQn_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State freshman guard Taylor Thierry (14) attempts to block a Bellarmine shot during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0o0yV1_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State sophomore forward Gabby Hutcherson (2) moves into the paint for a layup during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0HLXu3_0d5icbeT00 The Ohio State Buckeyes circle up during a timeout during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=2UO2fR_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State redshirt sophomore Rikki Harris (1) goes up for a layup during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3mHzho_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State junior forward Rebeka Mikulasikova (23) attempts to move around the Bellarmine defense during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Andres Ibarra | Arts & Life Producer https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0rxrMU_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State redshirt sophomore Rikki Harris (1) put up a shot from inside the three-point line during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Andres Ibarra | Arts & Life Producer https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=04qqVB_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State junior guard Jacy Sheldon (4) dibbles the ball during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Andres Ibarra | Arts & Life Producer https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3FCnjI_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State senior guard Braxtin Miller (10) puts up a shot behind her back during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=4R9C3K_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State graduate forward Tanaya Beacham (35) dribbles the ball into the paint during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Andres Ibarra | Arts & Life Producer https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=04GUCy_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State sophomore guard Katreri Poole (5) puts up a shot at the three point line during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Andres Ibarra | Arts & Life Producer https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=13Mt2r_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State senior guard Braxtin Miller (10) blocks a Bellarmine attempted shot during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Andres Ibarra | Arts & Life Producer https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0EsbPo_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State freshman guard Taylor Thierry (14) dribbles the ball down the court during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Andres Ibarra | Arts & Life Producer https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=44I6pm_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State sophomore guard Anyssa Jones (3) puts up a shot during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=4YwIIj_0d5icbeT00 Ohio State junior guard Jacy Sheldon (4) puts up a layup during the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=1sWiTf_0d5icbeT00 The Ohio State Buckeyes sing Carmen Ohio after the Ohio State-Bellarmine game Tuesday. Ohio State won 110-58. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=2F2kFa_0d5icbeT00

Led by a career high 31-point performance by junior guard Jacy Sheldon, No. 21 Ohio State ousted Bellarmine 110-58 to remain undefeated early in the 2021-22 season.

The Buckeyes (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten) outscored the Knights (0-4, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 70-33 in the first half, breaking the Big Ten record for both most points in the first half and any half, for that matter.

Sheldon started the game off with a personal 7-0 run and the Dublin, Ohio, native never looked back. While Sheldon was the one with the career night, she credited her team for helping her do so.

“I think them starting off in a zone really opened up shooting opportunities for us. We moved the ball really well,” Sheldon said. “We got going there in the second quarter with our press, which helped us get the lead there but we were just sharing the ball, getting the open shots and it got us the win tonight.”

Sheldon’s fellow backcourt pair sophomore guard Kateri Poole also had a season-high 12 points, just passing her previous best of 11.

Senior guard Taylor Mikesell came up just one point shy of matching her Ohio State career high as she finished with 18 points. Graduate transfer forward Tanaya Beacham also scored a season-high 12 points.

In short, Ohio State clicked offensively against Bellarmine as the Buckeyes scored 110 points, their highest offensive output since 2016. As a team, the Buckeyes shot 56.6 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from behind the arc.

However, it was a 33-0 run by the Buckeyes that started with 6:19 left in the second quarter and ended at the 7:22 mark in the third that helped Ohio State put the Knights away.

Defensively, the Buckeyes wreaked havoc with their full-court pressure. The Buckeyes forced 28 turnovers and were able to score 46 points off of them.

Causing that many turnovers every game isn’t likely for the Buckeyes, but the teams’ overall defensive effort is what head coach Kevin McGuff said he hopes to see.

“It’s a perfect world, that’s it,”McGuff said. “It is also why we didn’t press in the second half so we could work on our half-court defense a little more.”

Ohio State even held Bellarmine’s leading scorer, senior guard Presley Brown to no points after she came in averaging 11 per game. The lone bright spot for the Knights was redshirt junior guard Jaela Johnson, who finished with a team-high 24 points while shooting 6-of-12 from distance.

The Buckeyes will host Cincinnati (3-2, 0-0 American Athletic) in the Covelli Center Saturday. The game will tip at 6 p.m. and broadcast on BTN+.

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