Buckeyes Zapped by Zags

Written December 8th, 2013 by Ken

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Coach Kevin’s crew hosted the 24th ranked Gonzaga Zags with a noon tip off today. Ohio State entered the game 6-4 record while Gonzaga entered with a 6-1 record.

The first minute and a half went well for the Buckeyes, as they moved out to a 4-0 lead, then things went sideways for Ohio State. During the next seven and a half minutes, OSU went scoreless, while Gonzaga scored 22 points, going up 22-4. The Buckeyes would chip into the Zag lead, and with 4 minutes remaining, had narrowed the gap to 28-16. The teams would hold serve, with Gonzaga taking a 32-20 lead into the half.

 

Ameryst Alston ked OSU in 1st half scoring with 9 points, while Darryce Moore had 4 points and 4 rebounds. This first half deficit was caused by two main issues; poor shooting (8-27, 30%) and even poorer ball handling (9 turnovers). Meanwhile, the Zags were led by 6’4″ forward, German native Sunny Greinacher with 8 points and 7 rebounds, along with Haiden Palmer’s 6 points & 6 boards and Lindsey Sherbert’s 6 points.

In the 2nd half, the Zags and the Buckeyes went on offsetting mini-runs, and at the 12 minute mark, OSU trailed by 10, 35-45. By the 9:40 mark, the lead was  at 12, 39-51, as Ohio State could not sustain any runs, and Gonzaga, due to cooler shooting and a few more turnovers of their own, could not pull away.

 

At outside the 6 minute mark, a jumper by Lisa Blair followed by a 3-pointer by Raven Ferguson pulled the Buckeyes to with 2 points, 49-51. The Zaps moved the score to 53-49, then on the next several possessions, Cait Craft and Lindsay Sherbert traded turnovers, until Martina Ellerbe put an end to it with a score to pull OSU within 2 points again, 51-53.

 

At just outside the 3:00 mark, Sunny Greinacher made a jumper to push score to 55-52, which was answered by a Raven Ferguson layup to pull OSU to with-in one point, 55-54.Over the next two minutes, both teams traded turnovers and missed shots leading up to an Ohio State time out at the 1:02 mark..

 

A Darryce Moore layup with :40 gave OSU their first lead (56-55) since the first two minutes of the game, which of course set up a thrilling finish. The Zags scored with :21 to retake the lead, then Ameryst Alston made a layup with :07 left as OSU retook the lead, but Gonzaga’s Shaniqua Nilles made a jumper with :01 left to win the game for the Zags, 59-58.

 

This was a spirited effort by the Buckeyes, after looking abysmal in the 1st half, they fought and executed in the second half, outscoring Gonzaga 38-27. Unfortunately, it was one point short.

Ohio State was led by Ameryst Alston (18 points, 7 rebounds), Martina Ellerbe (9 points, 7 rebounds) and Darryce Moore (9 points, 8 rebounds). The Buckeyes just had no answer for the Zag’s 6’4″ Greinacher, as she contributed 18 points and 14 rebounds in the winning effort. Curiously, this was another virtual no-show by OSU’s Ashley Adams, 0-2 from the field and 1 rebound.

 

Ohio State actually outshot Gonzaga, 40% to 35%, each making 24 field goals; Zags making 7 3-pointers to OSU’s 4.

 

Ohio State’s next game is Friday the 13th at 7:00PM , as they host Army.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. CharlesNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I like the fight from the team to come back from the first half hole. The three point defense definitely still needs work. I’m very curious why Ashley Adams didn’t play in this one.

    A 6-5 record is not how I wanted the season to start but at least all the losses came to teams that are ranked or receiving votes.

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  2. KenNo Gravatar
    December 9th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I agree with you, Charles. The Zags went 7-26 (27%) with their 3′s. The raw percentage isn’t that hot, but the 26 attempts indicates they were getting the looks and weren’t shy about pulling the trigger.

    This Adams situation is puzzling to me. She was on the floor for only 8 minutes, went 0-2 from the field and had one rebound. In contrast, Lisa Blair played for 5 minutes, and was 1-1 from the field and had 3 rebounds. So, 3 rebounds in 5 minutes indicates to me that she was active while she was in there. Let’s hope that Darryce Moore stays healthy..

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