After rolling #1 seed Penn State 99-82 on Friday afternoon, the Buckeyes advanced to the B1G semifinal game against Iowa, an 87-80 winner over Purdue in the second afternoon game. This game tips off at 3:30 PM EST on Saturday.
Ohio State dropped it’s regular season games against Iowa, 81-74 in Columbus and 65-61 in Iowa City. However, as we saw earlier on Friday, Penn State rolled Ohio State twice during the regular season, but come “tournament time”, it didn’t mean anything at all.
In their win over Penn State, OSU placed 5 players in double figures with some blistering hot field goal shooting. This could be an interesting game for Ohio State, as Coach McGuff has changed his Center rotation with Lisa Blair supplanting Ashley Adams as the #2 center this week. However, is Ashley’s 8 minutes of play against PSU, she filled up the stat sheet with a very productive and determined performance. Cait Craft’s scoring outburst will certainly provide another player for an opponent to guard; Alston, Ferguson and Ellerbe are already a handful. The reemergence of Adams and Craft may lead to some interesting results this weekend.
The Iowa game will be another fast paced affair, as Iowa put up 70 FG attempts. By comparison, in their win over PSU, Ohio State had 58 FG attempts. Iowa also had 14 offensive rebounds, so the Buckeyes will need all three of their centers to be productive against the Hawkeyes.
Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 PM EST, with television coverage provided by BTN.
Based on a strong 2nd half performance yesterday against Northwestern, Ohio State’s Friday opponent was #1 seed Penn State. The Nittany Lions had no trouble with the ‘bye’ to move into the 2nd round.
That “thud” you heard was Penn State’s Big Ten Tournament coming to a convincing end as Ohio State avenged two regular season losses by upsetting the Lions 99-82. The Buckeyes built upon yesterday’s 2nd half 51 point blitz of Northwestern with a season high half score of 58 points half against the Nittany Lions to have a 58-34 lead at the half.
Ohio State ended the game shooting 62% from the field (36-58) and a blistering 55% from the perimeter (10-18) and 71% (15-21) from the foul line. They grabbed 37 rebounds, 8 offensive. But then, if you’r shooting over 62%, you wouldn’t have too many opportunities. Penn State shot 37% (26-71) from the field, 20% (3-15) from the perimeter and 77% (27-35) from the foul line.
Ohio State was led by five players in double figures: Ameryst Alston (31 pts, 9 ast), Cait Craft (24 pts, 6 ast), Raven Ferguson (15 pts, 7 reb), Darryce Moore (11 pts, 6 reb) and Ashley Adams (11 pts, 5 reb). I want to pay special mention to Ashley Adams. Due to foul trouble by Darryce Moore, Ashley was rotated in at Center for the last eight minutes of the game. In those eight minutes, Ashley had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks and an assist. This was coming up big in a big game for Ashley. Well done.
Penn State was led by Ariel Edwards (29 pts, 10 rebs), Maggie Lucas (21 pts, 6 rebs) and Dara Taylor (14 pts, 5 rebs, 8 ast).
This is it, Sunday is the regular season finale for Ohio State (22-8, 9-8) and #22 Michigan State (22-7, 11-5). Prior to their first game (preview) on January 7th, Ohio State (15-0, 2-0) was ranked #3 and Michigan State (13-1, 2-0) was ranked #5. After trailing at the half, the Buckeyes mounted a comeback to tie the game in regulation, but lost in overtime, 72-68. Please note in the Preview, my Guest Commentator exactly nailed the margin. Since that game, the Buckeyes have gone 7-7 and are now “others receiving votes” while the Spartans have gone 8-6 and are ranked #22. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Right now, the teams are playing for Big Ten Tournament seeding. Ohio State will finish at #5 or #6 depending on results of this game, plus the Saturday Iowa-Illinois game. Michigan State, currently sitting in 2nd place, will keep an eye on Sunday’s Wisconsin-Nebraska game. The regular season championship is wrapped up, but for the Spartans, seeds #2-#4 are still in play.
The #8 seed Ohio State Buckeyes beat Northwestern 86-77; next up is #1 seed Penn State. Oh boy. The Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions met twice in the regular season, with PSU winning this game, then that game. Neither game was particularly close as Ohio State had trouble containing Maggie Lucas (41 points) and Ariel Edwards (21 points, 16 rebs) in their encounters.
The downside with Ohio State at this point is that being a bit short-handed, back-to-back games can be grueling, especially if the second “back” is against the conference’s #1 seed. Having said that, perhaps the Buckeyes can ride the out-standing performances of Ameryst Alston, Martina Ellerbe and Darryce Moore to an emotional and energetic performance tomorrow.
Not much to preview here, the team have played twice with Penn State coming out with convincing wins both times. However, if Ohio State can build on their 2nd half performance against Northwestern (51 points), an upset could be in the making. Sometimes “third time’s a charm”, so although the Nittany Lions (22-6, 11-3 ) would appear to be heavy favorites over the Buckeyes (16-17, 6-11), lightning can strike and upsets do happen.
The OSU-PSU game tips off at 12:00 PM EST with television coverage via BTN.
Ohio State and Northwestern opened up the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament this afternoon. The Buckeyes finally prevailed in a tough contest, pulling away in the last two minutes for the final margin, 86-77. Before I get into the particulars, I want to congratulate both teams on a hard fought contest. The 2nd half, especially, was an exciting contest, which really went down to the final few minutes.. Although OSU trailed by 4 at the half (39-35), a 51 point second half blitz proved to be too much for the Wildcats.
Ohio State was led by Ameryst Alston’s 30 points (20 in the 2nd half), and double ‘double-doubles’ by Darryce Moore (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Martina Ellerbe (16 points, 13 rebounds). Truly outstanding performances. Ohio State shot 41% from the field, grabbed 45 rebounds and only turned the ball over 8 times.
Northwestern was led by Maggie Lyon’s 23 points, Lauren Douglas’ 15 points, Karly Roser’s 11 points and Nia Coffey’s 17 points and 11 rebounds. Northwestern shot 40% from the field, had 41 rebounds and turned the ball over 10 times.
The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament kicks off Thursday at 12:00 noon EST when #8 seed Ohio State (15-17, 5-11) and #9 seed Northwestern (15-14, 5-11) face each other. Ohio State has staggered to the finish line this past month, having lost 6 of 7 games.
However, their win was against Northwestern 71-62 on February 23rd, so this appears to be a good match-up for the Buckeyes. Also during the month, Northwestern has similarly lost 7 of 8 games, so the Wildcats haven’t been finishing with momentum, either. In their previous meeting, Ohio State got out to a 41-21 halftime lead with some blistering shooting (48% FG, 62% 3Pt), and held on for the win as Northwestern stormed back with a 41-point second half themselves.
Ohio State was led by Ameryst Alston (30 points), Martina Ellerbe (13 pts, 6 rbs) and Raven Ferguson (11 pts, 9 rbs). Northwestern countered with Maggie Lyon (21 pts), Lauren Douglas (13 pts), Christen Inman (10 pts) and Nia Coffey (9 pts, 18 rbs).
Here is the previous game preview and recap between these teams. Not much to add with this one; Ohio State obviously needs to break their pattern of “good half – bad half” to put together forty solid, well played minutes of basketball. It will again come down to executing the basics; shooting, ball-handling and rebounding.
The game is scheduled for Thursday, tipping off at 12:00 PM from Indianapolis. Television coverage will be provided by BTN, check your local listings. The winner of this game plays #1 seed Penn State at noon EST on Friday.
To view more of tBBC’s thoughts on the WBB B1G Tourney, make sure you check out our staff roundtable tomorrow!
Here are the rosters for Thursday’s game.
Northwestern University Wildcats
Ohio State University Buckeyes
The Ohio State women’s basketball team traveled to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers in the final game of the 2013-2014 regular season. After falling just short of a road upset against #25 Iowa, the Buckeyes came into this game with a 15-16 (5-10) record and in need of a win to help their slim hopes of making the WNIT.
Ohio State scored the first four points of the game and lead 9-8 after a three pointer by Cait Craft just over five minutes into the game only Minnesota score 7 straight over the next two minutes to take a 16-9 lead. The Buckeyes would trim the Gopher lead to 3, 18-15, but then went cold from the field while Gophers went on a 14 to 1 run to go up 32-16 with two and a half minutes to go in the half and the teams would go into halftime with Ohio State trailing 35-21.
Ohio State didn’t play much better at the start of the second half and Minnesota took advantage to extend their lead to 20, 43-23, under four minutes into the second period. The Buckeyes finally began knocking down shots at that point and slowly chipped away at the Golden Gopher lead, pulling within 10, 63-53, with five minutes remaining in the game. A 7 to 2 run by the Gophers over the next three minutes would extinguish the Buckeye hopes of an upset as Minnesota coasted the rest of the way to a 74-57 win.
The Ohio State Buckeyes (15-16, 5-10) visit The Barn on Sunday to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-11, 7-8) in an early afternoon tip-off. The Buckeyes will look to get to .500 for the season, while the Gophers look to get to .500 in Conference play. The Gophers will also honor seniors Sari Noga and Micaella Riche.
Here’s their Profile