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No. 11 Indiana women end long skid vs. No. 15 Buckeyes

Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State Buckeyes forward Aaliyah Patty (32) goes up for a shot against Indiana Hoosiers forward Mackenzie Holmes (54) during the first quarter of their game at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio on February 27, 2021. Ceb Wbk Indiana Kwr 01

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Grace Berger scored 20 points, Nicole Cardano-Hillary had a double-double and No. 11 Indiana ended a 15-game losing streak to No. 15 Ohio State with an 87-75 victory on Saturday.

In an ugly and foul-marred fourth quarter, the Hoosiers erased a nine-point deficit and outscored the Buckeyes 21-3 over the last five minutes. Indiana was 20 of 27 from the foul line in the last 10 minutes as Ohio State had 15 fouls, including a technical, and three players fouled out.

Ali Patberg scored 19 points for Indiana (16-5, 14-2 Big Ten Conference), which broke last year’s school record for conference wins. Mackenzie Holmes added 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Cardano-Hillary 16 points and 11 rebounds. Aleksa Gulbe scored 10.

Braxtin Miller scored 23 points for the Buckeyes (13-6, 9-6), who were 10-0 at home this season and hadn’t lost to Indiana at home since 2002. Kateri Poole added a career-high 17 points and Jacy Sheldon and Dorka Juhasz 11 each. Juhasz also had 12 rebounds.

Sheldon, Ohio State’s leading scorer at 17.1 points a game, fouled out with 5:47 to play and the Buckeyes, who have lost three straight, up five.

Indiana led 29-26 at halftime but Miller scored 10 points in the third quarter and the Buckeyes were up 56-51 entering the fourth quarter.

Indiana is home against Iowa on Wednesday. Ohio State plays at Rutgers on Friday. That ends Ohio State’s season as the Buckeyes have self-imposed a postseason ban because of potential NCAA infractions, reportedly involving a former assistant coach.