The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-12, 4-6) host the #10 Penn State University Lady Lions (17-5, 8-2) this Sunday afternoon. Both teams are coming off losses; Ohio State to Purdue 74-58 and Penn State to Iowa 73-70. The Nits are coming off a tough 84-74 loss to Purdue on Sunday. The game is Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM EST.
Here’s their Profile
Penn State University
Thursday’s loss snapped PSU’s 6 game winning streak. In fact, it was only their 2nd loss in nearly two months, so the Lady Lions are having a pretty good season. In the previous meeting between these teams on January 16th, Penn State cruised to an impressive 66-42 win. In that game, PSU was led by Maggie Lucas (18 points) and Ariel Edwards (13 points, 10 rebounds).
Penn State uses a 2G/3F lineup; Maggie Lucas (5’10”) and Dara Taylor (5’8”) are the guards and the forward positions are filled by Ariel Edwards (6’3”), Talia East (6’3”) and Tori Waldner (6’5”). Lucas leads the team in scoring (21.4 ppg), East and Waldner in rebounding (7.5, 5.8 respectively) and Taylor in assists (4.7 per game).
Lucas’ scoring isn’t so much attributable to her accuracy (38%) but due to her being a volume shooter, having taken over 26% of the team’s FG attempts. The Nittany Lions will look to get her the ball often. Fouling her is not a good option, since Maggie still makes 97% of her free throws.
Here are the Penn State University Nittany Lions:
Ohio State University Buckeyes
The Buckeyes continue their erratic play, particularly on offense. The areas of rebounding and ball handling continue to be a concern, the offense runs hot or cold (need to keep the temperature up), so there are still consistency issues to be corrected. Thankfully, the “base” of tenacious defense and general effort and hustle have been consistent so far this season.
In the previous meeting between these teams, Ohio State didn’t have a good game, as you could guess from the final score, 66-42. The Buckeyes couldn’t shoot (29% FG, 21% 3PT), got outrebounded 54-36 and struggled with ball handling (22 turnovers to PSU’s 15).
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
In the teams’ previous preview, I wrote “The potential issue is that OSU’s preferred lineup is 3G/2F. This will provide better backcourt quickness, but defensively, the frontcourt matchups could be problematical. However, the key defensive matchup will be the “containment” of PSU guard Maggie Lucas.” Well, the frontcourt matches didn’t go well, particularly with rebounding. We did hold Lucas below her season average, so that went fairly well, and is a testament to Ohio State’s defensive effort.
In addition to the usual suspects (Alston, Ellerbe, Ferguson) needing to have good games, Ashley Adams will need to repeat her performance from the previous PSU game. In 29 minutes, Ashley had 8 points and 10 rebounds, a very solid game.
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The game is Sunday afternoon at VCA. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 PM EST. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN2.