COLLEGE STATION, Pa. — Niya Beverley scored a career-high 21 points, Makenna Marisa added 17 with eight rebounds and eight assists and Penn State upset No. 15 Ohio State 69-67 on Wednesday, ending an 11-game losing streak in the series.
Marisa’s layup with 1:01 to play was the winning basket, set up after Beverley, who was 9-of-11 shooting, grabbed an offensive rebound.
Ohio State followed with a turnover when Dorka Juhasz tried to lob the ball inside to Aaliyah Patty, who got tangled up with a defender. The Buckeyes forced a desperation airball late in the shot clock but couldn’t get off a shot in the closing 7.8 seconds.
Johnasia Cash added 16 points for the Nittany Lions (9-11, 6-10 Big Ten Conference), who ended a four-game losing streak and beat a top-15 team for the first time since 2016.
Juhasz scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds after scoring a career-low one point in a Sunday loss to No. 11 Michigan. The Buckeyes (13-5, 9-5) have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. Jacy Sheldon added 19 points.
Ohio State, which won the first game 82-69, scored the first eight points of the game. When Juhasz reached 10 points midway through the first quarter the Buckeyes had a 17-4 lead.
Penn State took a 29-28 lead on a Beverley 3 and she followed with a layup. The Buckeyes got a pair of free throws but a basket at the buzzer was waved off following a long review and Penn State led 31-30 at the half.
No. 11 Indiana plays at Ohio State on Saturday before the Buckeyes finish with Rutgers. That ends Ohio State’s season as the Buckeyes have self-imposed a postseason ban because of potential NCAA infractions, reportedly involving a former assistant coach.
No. 25 Rutgers visits Penn State on Sunday before the Nittany Lions end the regular season at No. 8 Maryland.