No. 3 Ohio State avoids upset scare, downs Illinois 87-81
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Taylor Mikesell scored a game-high 31 points as No. 3 Ohio State erased a halftime deficit and avoided an upset with an 87-81 over Illinois. Trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half, a 13-0 run in the third quarter helped the Buckeyes (17-0, 6-0 Big Ten) tie the game at 58 with 2:16 to go in the period. Entering the fourth quarter tied at 65, Rikki Harris made a 3-pointer and Ohio State didn’t trail again. The Buckeyes shot 42.9% in the fourth quarter while the Fighting Illini (14-3, 4-2) went 1 of 7 from beyond the arc in that span. Kendall Bostic notched her sixth double-double of the season behind 27 points and 15 rebounds for Illinois.
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