COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio State pulled off it's biggest win of the season thus far, shutting down No. 2 Louisville down the stretch and dealing the Cardinals their first loss.
Dorka Juhasz scored 15 points and Kierstan Bell added 14 as Ohio State upset Louisville 67-60 in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game on Thursday night.
Louisville (8-1) had vaulted six spots in the AP Top 25 to No. 2 behind Stanford this week after knocking off then-No. 1 Oregon last weekend in the the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.
“This is another game we showed we are a top team,” Juhasz said.
Ohio State (5-3) took a 60-53 lead with five minutes left after Bell turned a steal into a layup and Juhasz scored from underneath. The Cardinals closed to within 62-57 at the three-minute mark and were within five points with 17 seconds left, but couldn't get closer. A pair of foul shots by Madison Greene sealed it late for the Buckeyes.
“We competed really hard tonight,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. "We defended, we rebounded against one of the best rebounding teams in the country, so I'm really happy."
Dana Evans had 18 points for the Cardinals, who were plagued by poor shooting, especially down thee stretch when they had to chase the Buckeyes. Louisville shot 39.9% for the game compared to Ohio State's 48.8%.
The Cardinals took a 33-31 lead into halftime on the strength of Bionca Dunham's 10 points. Jazmine Jones, who was averaging 14.1 points this season, picked up three fouls in the first quarter and sat for all of the second. She eventually fouled out with 4:36 left in the game. Dunham didn't score again in the game.