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COLUMBUS — Rebeka Mikulasikova scored 18 points to lead six Ohio State players by double digits as the No. 4 Buckeyes delivered a 105-52 win over Wright State on Wednesday.

The Buckeyes, who have won five straight games, shot a best 55.7% of the season from the field. They led 4-3 after almost the first two minutes and the Raiders never took the lead.

Madison Greene posted a season-high 17 points, Taylor Mikesell and Cotie McMahon added 16 each, and Taylor Thierry scored 15 points for the Buckeyes.

“One of our better offensive performances,” said Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff.

Mikulasikova scored 11 points in the second quarter as Ohio State put on a 17-2 run. The Buckeyes went into halftime with a 56-28 lead.

McMahon scored 10 points in the third quarter as the Buckeyes had the best game time in the frame at 64.7%.

Ohio State had a 42-30 advantage on the glass and forced 23 turnovers.

McMahon and Rikki Harris each had five steals.

Isabelle Bolender led Wright State by 13 points. Bryce Nixon added 11 and Lauren Scott of Columbus scored 1.

“I think the third quarter was probably the worst there,” said Wright State coach Kari Hoffman. “I think we had 11 turnovers that quarter, so I felt like we’re not really in control of what we can do here.”

PASS ON

Ohio State recorded a season-high 26 assists despite missing its second-highest assists leader.

Greene led the Buckeyes with eight assists, Thierry hit a career-high five, and four others added three each.

The Buckeyes gave away six turnovers, which is their fewest of the season.

“They had seven turnovers in the first half and they had eight in the first five minutes of the third quarter,” McGuff said. “Just to sum it up, all because we played so hard after half-time. But we didn’t play as hard as we should have in the first half.”

SEE GREEN

Greene, who missed all of last season after knee surgery, shot 5 of 9 from the field with a trio of 3 pointers. She also went 4 of 4 at the free throw line.

“As well as she played, I think she still has a higher ceiling,” McGuff said. “You can see that with every game she gets a little bit more comfortable and she’s really going in a great direction.”

SHELDON OFF

Guard Jacy Sheldon, who leads Ohio State with 27 steals in four games, wasn’t playing as she sat outside wearing a boot on her right foot.

THIERRY

Thierry shot a perfect 7 of 7 from the field. She had five assists, four rebounds and two steals as she hit double figures for the fourth time in five games.

“I just let the game come to me,” said Thierry. “Be aggressive offensively and see where I can contribute, where I can contribute offensively and just be aggressive.”

BIG PICTURE

Wright State: The Raiders lost their third of four earlier in the year after beating Ohio Christian of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics on Thursday. Seven of the 15 players on the team are newbies.

Ohio State: Taylor Mikesell shot 4 of 9 from 3-point range while Ohio State posted a season-high 46.2% from distance. The Buckeyes finished fourth in the Big Ten by 3-point percentage a season ago and had their best performance beyond the young season arc.

NEXT

Wright State: Travels to eastern Illinois on Monday.

Ohio State: hosts Sunday in North Alabama.

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