Ohio State’s Season Ends at The Hands of Florida, 70-65

Written March 18th, 2012 by Charles

Tayler Hill fights for a rebound but Florida's edge in rebouding gave them the win over Ohio State.

Almost a week after being snubbed with only an 8 seed in the NCAA tournament, Ohio State’s women’s basketball team finally got their chance to dance as they faced 9th seeded Florida.  The Gators were a bubble team and thus were thrilled to see their name announced on Monday.  The Buckeyes were less thrilled by where their name was called, not only were they given a worse seed than they expected, they were placed so that a first round win would most likely earn them a matchup against top overall seed Baylor, a team that has looked unstoppable this season.  The mental state of Ohio State would play a big role in today’s game, did the seeding slight anger the Buckeyes and give them a chip on their shoulder or will they come out flat, still wondering what they could have done to get a better seed.

Florida opened up playing a high pressure, trapping defense that frustrated Ohio State and forced turnovers on their first three possessions as the Gators jumped out to a 12-2 lead early.  The Buckeyes finally got their offense going and put together a 12 to 5 run to cut the Gator lead to 17-14.  Florida quickly responded with a 13 to 3 run to extend their lead to 30-17 with a bit more than seven minutes remaining in the half.  The teams began trading baskets but the Buckeye defense could not get stops to let them go on a run and cut into the lead.  The Buckeyes got a little bit of a spark thanks to a late defensive stop that let them score the final four points of the half and go into the locker room down only 39-31.

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