No. 16 Ohio St. 85, Syracuse 61
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Katie Smith had 22 points and six rebounds as No. 16 Ohio State easily defeated Syracuse 85-61 Tuesday night.
The Buckeyes took an 8-2 lead as Stacie Howard scored six of Ohio’s first eight points.
Ohio State (4-1) quickly pushed the lead to 22 points, traking a 39-17 lead when Alysiah Bond passed to the wide-open Smith, who scored 14 of her 22 points in the half. The Buckeyes led 41-21 at halftime.
Ohio State had its biggest lead at 51-25 when Howard scored after grabbing the rebound of Lavona Turner’s missed free throw.
Kristyn Cook scored 14 points and Kristen McCory had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Syracuse (1-5).
Last season, Ohio State won the Big Ten title for the eighth time in 12 years and made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament’s Final Four.