WBB Recap: Ohio State edged by Nebraska, 67-59

Written February 20th, 2014 by Ken

The Buckeyes were trying to break a four game losing streak by hosting the #17 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Meanwhile, Nebraska is on a six game winning streak.  Umm.. The Buckeyes moved to 14-15, 4-9 on the season with the loss to Nebraska. Despite a lackluster first half by both team, Ohio State played very well in the 2nd half until they hit the dreaded “can’t buy a basket stretch. The Buckeyes went scoreless from the 8:02 mark to the :43 mark, well over 7 minutes, to see the game slip away.

 

This was truly one of their better games of the season, and hats off to Coach Kevin McGuff and his team. The Buckeyes were on a stretch where frankly, they weren’t playing very well, and were hosting a red-hot, ranked opponent. However, tonight, they pushed Nebraska to the limit

 

The Buckeyes shot % from the field The Buckeyes were led by Ameryst Alston (31 pts) and Amy Scullion (10 pts). Rebounding favored the Cornhuskers 44 to 34, and OSU didn’t help matters by committing 18 turnovers to Nebraska’s 11.

 

Nebraska shot % from the field The Cornhuskers were led by Rachel Theriot (26 pts) and Jordan Hooper (24 pts). Although held to a combined 5 points, Emilie Cady and Hailie Sample combined for 22 rebounds, 11 apiece.

 

As the teams broke for halftime, Nebraska held a 27-25 lead. The Buckeyes shot 36% (9-25) compared to the Huskers 30% (12-40), but were outrebounded 28-17, with Nebraska grabbing 14 offensive rebounds. Ohio State committed 9 turnovers to Nebraska’s 4. So, despite pretty sketchy basketball from both teams, OSU was only down a basket. Alston had 13 points at the half, supported by Ellerbe’s 5 and Scullion’s 5. Rachel Theriot (12 pts) and Jordan Hooper (9 pts) led the Huskers in scoring while Emilie Cady and Hailie Sample each had 7 rebounds.

 

In the first half, at the under-16 timeout, OSU was holding a 7-5 lead, thanks to 5 points by Amy Scullion. At the 10 minute mark (or so), the Buckeyes were leading 12-7, in a game that appeared to be destined to set basketball back 125 years. Nebraska was shooting 15% and Ohio State burning it at 36%. At this point, a low scoring game was playing into OSU’s hands.

 

In the 2nd half, at the under-16, Nebraska had moved the lead to 36-31. Ohio State mounted a surge, and by the midpoint of the half, the Buckeyes had matched their 1st half output (25 points) and taken a 50-41 lead. At the 5-minute mark, Nebraska has closed the gap to a single point, 52-51. However, things went sideways for OSU at that point, as they went  nearly seven and a half minutes without scoring a point coming down the stretch.

 

Ohio State’s next game is when they host Northwestern on Sunday at 12:00 noon EST. Television coverage provided by BTN.

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  1. CharlesNo Gravatar
    February 20th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    In many ways this game encapsulated a lot of this frustrating season. Wasn’t expecting a whole lot but the team played better than expected and looked like they were going to pull off the upset but fell short because they couldn’t finish. It was nice to see Alston shooting so well and there was a nice stretch in the second half where Cait Craft looked just as disruptive on defense as her brother, forcing turnovers on three straight Nebraska possessions. Unfortunately the team still is streaky when it comes to shooting, struggles with turnovers, and has a problem rebounding. The number of second chance opportunities that Nebraska had was ridiculous and way too many to allow a good team like that to have.

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