WBB: Buckeyes subdue Black Knights 59-56

Written December 13th, 2013 by Ken

Ohio State stopped a 3-game losing streak by edging a game Army Black Knight team Friday evening 59-56. Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes with 18 points and was more than aided by Raven Ferguson’s double-double ( 13 pts, 11 rebounds) and Martina Ellerbe with 10 points and 7 rebounds.

In the first minute and a half, Ohio State jumped out to a 5-0 lead, then withstood an Army charge as the Black Knights ground away over the next ten minutes to hold a 20-16 mark at the under-8 timeout.  OSU clamped down on defense for the last four minutes of the half, limiting Army to  2 points, to retake the lead at the break, 30-26.

The Black Knights came out in the 2nd half and took control of the game with Kelsey Minato making two 3-pointers in the first two minutes to tie the game at 32 each. Army continued their dominance for the next 12 minutes, expanding their lead to 50-40 before Martina Ellerbe’s jumper was backed up by Raven Ferguson’s 3-pointer to pull OSU within 5 points 50-45.

Ameryst Alston made her 2nd free throw at the :31 mark to give OSU their first lead in a long time at 57-56. Two Raven Ferguson FT’s at the :05 mark provided the final margin of victory.

Guard Kelsey Minato led all scorers with 27 points while Ohio native (Dayton) Olivia Schretzman provided 12 points and 7 rebounds for Army.

As you see from the box score, this was an even, closely fought game that was not decided until the last seconds of play. Army outshot Ohio State from 3-point range (31% – 17%) but the difference was at the foul line as OSU went to the line 20 times vs 12 for Army and salted the game away with their last 6 points coming from the line.

OSU’s record is now 7-5 with their next game a Sunday contest 2:00 PM at Cincinnati. Army is now 7-3.




  1. CharlesNo Gravatar
    December 14th, 2013 at 3:01 am

    While it would have been nice to see OSU get a more comfortable win, I am very pleased to see the team fight back from a deficit and come out with the win. After falling short in comebacks against Maryland and Gonzaga, this was a nice change which should give the team confidence.

    Shooting could still be better but the Buckeyes found a way to get to the free throw line and took advantage of their chances. It was also nice to see that Darryce Moore managed to avoid foul trouble in this one, something that she has struggled with during portions of the season.


    KenNo Gravatar
    December 14th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Yep. Moore, Ellerbe and Alston were 14-26, the balance of the team was 6-27. The Buckeyes made a heck of a charge, being down by 10 with only four minutes left in the game. I think that you connected the dots with the ‘meh’ shooting and “pulled one out” nature of last night’s win.


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