Women's Basketball: No. 16 Ohio State cruises to 78-55 win over Illinois

As this was the first time the Buckeyes left Columbus this season, head coach Kevin McGuff said the team reacted well to the new environment.

Ohio State put the clamps on the Illini offense in the early goings, holding Illinois to just eight first quarter points on 21 percent from the field.

Senior forward Braxtin Miller led the Ohio State defense as she collected a team-high 3 steals, while adding 8 points on the offensive end.

The Buckeyes were without junior forward Dorka Juhasz for the second straight contest as Tanaya Beacham filled in for the Hungarian star.

Ohio State was also without key bench pieces in junior forward Rebeka Mikulasikova and redshirt freshman guard Rikki Harris.

Hutcherson has seen an increased role in the last two games due to the absences of Juhasz and Mikulasikova and said that has served as a motivator for her to step up her play.

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