Ohio State sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell scored 31 of her school-record tying 42 points in the second half to help No. 11/14 Ohio State turn around a 15-point deficit and defeat No. 10/9 Texas A&M 95-80 on the final day of the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Buckeyes who are now 4-2 on the season. It was also the 300th career victory for Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff.
Mitchell was simply dominant again as she tied Samantha Prahalis’ OSU single-game scoring record of 42 points. Mitchell had 31 points after halftime on 8-of-9 from the floor, 2-of-3 from deep and 13-of-14 from the free throw line. Mitchell also hit another milestone in the game as she became the fastest Big Ten player to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
The 2014 Princeton High School graduate also had five rebounds Saturday.
Mitchell became the 32nd Buckeye to score 1,000 career points.
Mitchell is the fastest player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 points, hitting the mark in her 41st career game. That best’s Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante previous record of 47 games. The Ohio State record was held by Katie Smith who reached the 1,000-point plateau in her 52nd career game.
Mitchell also tied the school-record for free throws made in a game as she was 15-of-16 from the line. Katie Smith (2 times – 1993, 1994) and Nikita Lowry (1987) also made 15 free throws in a game.
This was Mitchell’s 9th game with at least 30 points in her career.
The Buckeyes have another top-10 matchup ahead of them as they travel to South Bend, Ind., to take on No. 3 Notre Dame this Wednesday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. ET and will be streamed online through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN App.