The Buckeyes kicked off their B1G schedule with a tall order in the #17th ranked Boilermakers of Purdue. Cait Craft, Ameryst Alston, Darryce Moore, Martina Ellerbe and Amy Scullion got the start and they didn’t disappoint the Buckeye faithful in attendance in the first half.
Craft kept her hot streak of three’s on the season going and put the Buckeyes up 5-2 early with her first of the night, the 22nd of her young season.Ellerbe took over midway through the first half connecting on two of two from three point land and put up 8 points early.
The Buckeyes were trailing at the under eight media time-out but Darryce Moore was getting red-hot on the boards with five already to go with six points. The Buckeyes were dominating the boards in the first half. They finished the half only down two 39-37 and riding on the shooting of Ellerbe who finished with ten points at half. Buckeyes killing it on the boards 22-15(9 offensive).
Ellerbe continued her onslaught in the second half and took the Buckeyes on a tear with 16 points, that turned into a great run and the Buckeyes were up 59-50 at the 12:06 mark forcing a Boilermaker timeout and continuing to shoot lights out from the floor and the free throw line. Buckeyes hit their 7th three just prior to the under eight timeout and stay on top 67-54.
KK Houser for the Boilermakers was on fire the entire game and near unstoppable. After trading shots on both ends and hitting back to back threes for the boilers, the Buckeyes answered and Craft(15), Ellerbe(19), Moore(14), and Alston(12) all in double digits scoring leading the way. Buckeyes head to under four media timeout with biggest lead of the night 80-64.
Things turned a little sloppy down the stretch, but Purdue couldn’t hit some free throws and headed into the final minute still down by ten to the upstart Buckeyes at home in the Schott. Adams became the fifth player in double digits with an easy lay-in at the fifty second mark of the game.
The 17th ranked Boilers put up a fight behind 26 from KK Houser, 16 by Whitney Bays and 13 by Courtney Moses but couldn’t keep up with the hot shooting and great rebounding by the Buckeyes on the night. It’s a great win at home for Coach McGuff and staff and served notice the Buckeyes aren’t going away without a fight.
The Buckeyes win the game 89-78 behind 19 a piece from Ellerbe and Alston, 15 from Craft, 14 from Moore and 10 from Adams. The Buckeyes out-rebounded the Boilers 34-14(unofficial) and had 8 more assists on the night 18-10. Raven Ferguson came off the bench to almost score in double digits with 8 points to go with 5 rebounds and 6 assists which was the game high for all players.
After a rough stretch in December losing 4 of 5 to some pretty tough talent. the Buckeyes appear prepared for their tough conference slate and take on the Wolverines this Sunday in the Schott, tip-off is at 5p.m.