INDIANAPOLIS — Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points, Stephanie Mavunga added 18 and No. 13 Ohio State cruised into the Big Ten Conference Tournament semifinals for the fifth straight year with an 82-57 quarterfinal win over Rutgers on Friday.
The top-seeded Buckeyes (26-6), who have won five straight, meet fourth-seeded Iowa in the first semifinal on Saturday night.
Mitchell hit a 3-pointer and Linnae Harper followed with a layup and Ohio State led 25-19 after one quarter. The Buckeyes closed the half with a 15-2 run for a 41-26 lead as the Scarlet Knights missed their last eight shots. Rutgers’ shooting problems continued into the second half and the score was 69-33 after three quarters.
Sierra Calhoun added 14 points and Alexa Hart 10 for the Buckeyes.
Tyler Scaife led ninth-seeded Rutgers (20-12), which shot 32 percent, with 13 points.