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.