Coach Kevin McGuff took his squad to East Lansing to try to avenge an earlier loss to Michigan State, but the results were pretty much the same, as the Spartans pulled out their xiphos swords and eviscerated the Buckeyes 70-49. The loss drops Ohio State to 14-14, 4-8.
The Buckeyes continued their poor shooting; 31% from the field, 27% from 3-pt range and 40% from the foul line. Frankly, this shooting is inexcusable. To compound their misery, the Buckeyes were outrebounded 57-33. Fortunately, Ohio State committed only 11 turnovers to MSU’s 21, so this part of the game has improved over the past couple of games.
Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes in scoring with 25 points, but then she took nearly half the FG attempts, so I guess proportionally it works out about right. Although only scoring only 2 points, Martina Ellerbe did her par by pulling in a team high 7 rebounds. To me, the bright spot was the play of Lisa Blair, who in 21 minutes had 5 rebounds and 4 blocks; quite an active evening.
The 25th ranked Michigan State team was led by Annalise Pickrel (17 pts, 11 rbs), Becca Mills (17, 8), Aerial Powers (15, 7) and Tori Jankoska (11, 6). MSU shot 44% from the field, 33% from 3-pt range and 64% from the foul line.
The Buckeyes will hope to stop their 4 game slide on Thursday by hosting the Nebraska Cornhuskers this coming Thursday at 7:00 PM EST. Television coverage will be provided by BTDN.