WBB Recap: Buckeyes Fall to Hawkeyes

Written February 28th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

Just Short

The Buckeyes traveled to Iowa City tonight to try and payback #25 Ranked Hawkeyes in the second to last game of the regular season. The Buckeyes (15-15/5-9) and Hawkeyes (21-7/9-5) had a memorable match-up oin Columbus on January 19th that the visitors won 81-74. Ameryst Alston lit them up for 24 points and appeared to be on pace to put on another good show on the road.

Alston finished the half with 10 points and kept the Buckeyes close only down 36-34. Shooting 52% from the field which included 4-8 from three, the ladies held tight and played pretty good defense against a Hawkeye team that has four starters in double figures scoring average.

The Buckeyes led early and often during the second half and was up by as many as 7 at one point, but the home team went on a run and brought it to 52-51 before Raven Ferguson ended the Buckeye drought and stayed in the ballgame with their defense. At the under four time-outy it was Iowa 61, Buckeyes 59 with Ellerbe in foul trouble and being held in check, the rest needed to step up in scoring.

If the Buckeyes hold any hope of making the WNIT they needed this upset and have a great showing in the B1G tournament, good time to get hot. Theairra Taylor may be one of the best in the B1G scoring 21 to go with 6 rebounds and 4 assists, she was the difference maker down the stretch.

Raven Ferguson made a couple free throws to make it 63-61 Iowa and the Buckeyes hung tough against a pretty good Hawkeye squad yet again but fell short 65-61. Alston led the Buckeyes with 18 points along with 4 rebounds and 6 assists and  Adams with 12, Craft with 10 and Ferguson with 11. The Buckeyes finish up on the road at Minnesota this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and hope to finish Coach McGuff’s first season at .500 at 16-16.

3 Comments

  1. KenNo Gravatar
    February 28th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    A tough loss, for sure. Interesting, to me at least, is that 8 of OSU’s 10 conference losses have come against 5 ranked teams. A tough year for a lot of teams to get any traction.. On to The Barn!

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    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    February 28th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    this team has had what it takes at certain stretches of the season and I give alot of credit to the coaching staff for sticking to the plan. They could have very easily tried to adjust more to ability but that would hurt their future. Two players have cemented their chances with the new coming in and thats Ameryst Alston and Raven Ferguson. Am Bam as shes playfully referred to has played her way into all-B1G status IF she gets the recognition. Ferguson has been the B1G 6th woman!

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    KenNo Gravatar
    February 28th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for your insights on this, WVa. First, nice job by coaching staff to stick with their plan/vision rather than going with a “quick fix”.

    Secondly, ‘Am Bam’ FTW! Great nickname.

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