Mavunga lifts No. 10 Ohio State women to 77-62 win

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — It was quite the homecoming for Ohio State senior forward Stephanie Mavunga.

Not only were her parents in attendance but her brother Julian, who plays professional basketball overseas, saw her play of the first time in college.

Mavunga, the 2013 Indiana Miss Basketball from Brownsburg, Ind., had 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 10 Ohio State to a 77-62 victory over Indiana on Saturday.

“It was fantastic, seeing all my friends and family was an indescribable feeling for sure,” she said. “It was great to have them all in my ear.”

Linnae Harper chipped in with 19 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 15 points for the Buckeyes (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten).

“(Mavunga) got off to a great start and she played really hard (Saturday),” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. “She was very efficient. She had a great game.”

The Buckeyes won their ninth consecutive game and are the only unbeaten team in the conference. Ohio State has won 12 in a row against the Hoosiers, including an 85-70 home win on Dec. 31.

Jaelynn Penn scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting to lead the Hoosiers (8-11, 1-5). Amanda Cahill had 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Tyra Buss, who averages a team-leading 20.4 points, had just 10 on 4-of-14 shooting. She had only two at the half.

“(Buss) is an unbelievable player and we expended a lot of energy on her,” McGuff said. “We make her work for everything she got, so I think we wore her down a little bit.”

The Buckeyes expanded the 16-point halftime lead to 18 points twice before settling for a 61-49 advantage after three quarters. Indiana had trimmed the deficit to seven points at 56-49 on a 3-pointer by Buss with 1:31 left in the quarter, but Ohio State finished the period with five unanswered points by Harper. McGuff had called a timeout after IU cut it to seven.

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