Mitchell leads Ohio State by No. 16 Rutgers 85-68

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Freshman Kelsey Mitchell had 33 points and 6 assists and Ameryst Alston had 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 85-68 win over No. 16 Rutgers on Thursday.

The Buckeyes (9-5, 1-1 Big Ten) raced to a 40-27 lead at halftime and never let the Scarlet Knights (10-3, 1-1) challenge. Asia Doss and Lisa Blair added 10 points apiece for Ohio State.

Betnijah Laney had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Rutgers, her 10th double-double of the season. Tyler Scaife had 17 points. The Scarlet Knights were without guard Briyona Canty, who suffered a knee injury in Sunday's conference opener and is day-to-day.

Ohio State reeled off 12 straight points after Rutgers opened the game with the first six and led 21-10 at the 11:20 mark on a Doss 3.

When Rutgers got within nine in the second half, Mitchell and Alston combined for 11 points in a 13-0 run.