No. 15 Ohio State beat East Carolina 79-55 on Monday in the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship. Jacy Sheldon scored 20 points, Taylor Thierry had 14 points and eight rebounds for Ohio State. They will play Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
In the first quarter, Ohio State scored the opening 10 points of the game and led 21-11. ECU’s Synia Johnson scored eight of her 14 points in the second quarter to help the Pirates get within 38-32 at the break. However, the Buckeyes started the second half by scoring 11 of the first 13 points to make it 49-34 and led by double figures the rest of the way.
Rebeka Mikulasikova added 12 points and Cotie McMahon and Rikki Harris each had 11 for Ohio State. Johnson was 7 of 12 from the field for East Carolina, which also lost to VCU on the road. Amiya Joyner added 12 points and Danae McNeal, who was picked the AAC’s preseason player of the year, scored 10.
After a hard foul in the third quarter, Jade Tillman (ECU), Joyner, Celeste Taylor (Ohio State) and Harris were all assessed technical fouls. Tillman’s foul was upgraded to an intentional foul, resulting in her ejection.