PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Rutgers women's basketball team concluded the 2016-17 regular season falling to No. 12/9 Ohio State, 73-45, on Senior Day on Sunday afternoon at the RAC.
Prior to the start of the contest, the Scarlet Knights honored senior guard Alex Alfano and manager Chris Campbell in a Senior Day ceremony.
Kelsey Mitchell paced Ohio State (25-5, 15-1 B1G) with a game-high 21 points. Shayla Cooper added in 12 points, while Sierra Calhoun dropped in 10 points in a victory that gave the Buckeyes a share of the Big Ten regular season title. Alexa Hart added in 10 rebounds in the win.
Parker would open the scoring with a 3-pointer, however, Ohio State would go on to control the lead, 10-3, by the 6:16 minute mark. Although the Scarlet Knights would stump the Buckeyes for the following four minutes of play, the Buckeye's Mitchell continued the run by adding in five more unanswered points of her own for a 15-3 lead.
DaChe Williams ended the scoring drought for Rutgers with a shot from 3-point range, but the Buckeyes held on to an 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
A made shot for Kandiss Barber from beyond the arc saw the Scarlet Knights trail, 24-11, with 5:43 to go in the second quarter. The Buckeyes, however, would continue to grow its margin and carry a 37-17 lead into the locker room.
Rutgers showed some spark in the third quarter. After shooting only 22 percent in the first half, the Scarlet Knights went 8-of-14 (57%), including 3-of-6 from long distance, to outscore Ohio State, 19-16 in the frame.
RU kicked off the third quarter with an 8-2 surge, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers for Jeune and Parker to begin to cut into the deficit 39-25 with 6:32 to go in the frame. Ohio State countered the burst with a 5-0 run, but Rutgers punched back with five-straight points of its own capped by a 3-pointer for Jeune to set the margin at 44-30 with 4:21 to go in the quarter.
The Buckeyes once again halted the Scarlet Knights, regenerating a 20-point edge at the start of the fourth quarter, holding the margin for the remainder of the game.
The Rutgers women's basketball team will open 2017 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament action on Wednesday in the first round. No. 14 Rutgers will take on No. 11 Wisconsin at approximately 4 p.m. following the other first round match-up between No. 12 Illinois and No. 13 Nebraska.
- Shrita Parker led RU in scoring for the 16th time this season and has led the Scarlet Knights in points in 12 of the 16 Big Ten contests this season.
- Kandiss Barber hauled in a career-high nine rebounds. She surpasses her previous high of eight captured at Houston (Dec. 10) and vs. Duke (Dec. 1).
- Barber also tied her career-high in assists with three. The Chula Vista, California, native also dished the ball out four times in the season opener with Chattanooga (Nov. 11).
- Victoria Harris racked up eight boards. In the last four games, the sophomore center has averaged 7.0 rpg.
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