HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Tayler Hill scored 25 points to help Ohio State beat Minnesota 58-47 on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Conference tournament. Ashley Adams added 14 points and eight rebounds for the ninth-seeded Buckeyes (18-12), who advanced to face top-seeded and eighth-ranked Penn State in the quarterfinals Friday. Rachel Banham had 20 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Golden Gophers (18-13) but didn’t get much help. Banham was 7 of 16 from the floor; her teammates were a combined 11 of 45. Ohio State trailed by as many as nine in the first half and was down 27-24 early in the second. But the Buckeyes took control after that, going on a 19-2 run, capped by Amber Stokes’ fast-break layup, to lead 43-29. The eighth-seeded Gophers could get no closer than nine points down the rest of the way. The Buckeyes scored 19 points off 16 Minnesota turnovers.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Amber Stokes, the reigning Big Ten defensive player of the year and a senior starter for Ohio State, will be lost for the next four weeks with sprained left knee. Stokes, the team’s third-leading scorer at 9.7 points a game, was injured late in the first half of Sunday’s 79-73 loss to Illinois. She was helped off the court, crying in pain. She was evaluated by Ohio State doctors on Monday. Stokes, the daughter of former Ohio State men’s basketball player Ron Stokes, was also averaging 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Buckeyes (10-5, 0-2 Big Ten).
OSU women’s basketball sophomore guard Amber Stokes poses with father Ron. To play basketball at former Ohio State men's basketball player Ron Stokes' home in Gahanna , Ohio, you have to abide by four rules.