COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jocelyn Appleby hit a short jumper over Arike Ogunbowale with 0.4 seconds remaining, giving No. 23 Florida a 59-58 win over Ohio State on Tuesday night.
Appleby grabbed the ball off the rebound after Ogunbowale’s made 3-pointer at the buzzer, holding it and looking for a reaction of some kind. She hit the basket with no time showing on the clock, pulling the Gators (20-6, 11-4 Big Ten) one game behind Ohio State (21-6, 11-4) in the conference race.
Ogunbowale, a senior from nearby Marietta, was the player of the game. She had 19 points and matched a career high with seven 3-pointers. Olivia Ayres added 12 points for the Buckeyes.
With Florida ahead 55-52, Ogunbowale knocked down another 3 to tie it with 28 seconds left.
The Gators couldn’t manage to run off any kind of clock but then got the ball into Appleby in a bunch and the junior calmly made the shot from 13 feet near the right wing, putting her team ahead.
Down by one and about to foul to set up a potential last-second shot, Ogunbowale’s 3 from just inside the halfcourt line barely caught the bottom of the net. She skidded along the floor with the ball for a split second as the buzzer sounded, then quickly took a seat in celebration, hugging teammates and Ohio State players.
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Freshman guard Kaela Davis, recently elevated from the bench to the starting lineup, scored 12 points for Florida.
Davis played understudy to starter A’ja Wilson, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. Davis was a junior college player from an Indiana high school and had never gotten a start in a regular-season game before this season.
Florida: Plays at Michigan State on Saturday.
Ohio State: Hosts Penn State on Saturday.