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).
With the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament getting underway today at Conseco Fieldhouse, I mean Banker’s Life Fieldhouse or whatever it is called now, in Indianapolis, some of us here at tBBC sat down to make our predictions for what will happen in the tournament. Ohio State enters the tournament as the 8th seed with a 15-17 record and will need to make it to the championship game in order to qualify for the WNIT, need to finish the season with a .500 record or better; of course if they win the tournament they will be headed to the big dance. The road for the team will be difficult but anything is possible come tournament time. Check out our predictions below for what will happen in each of the tournament’s 11 games.
Ohio State. A very winnable game for both teams, but i think OSU pulls together to get this win. The Buckeyes may not play 40 minutes of good basketball, but 30 minutes should be enough.
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.
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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.
The Ohio State Buckeyes (15-15, 5-9) travel to Iowa City for a Thursday evening game against the Iowa Hawkeyes (21-7, 9-5). Ohio State snapped their losing streak with a solid win against Northwestern on Sunday, 71-62, while, Iowa beat Michigan 74-70 on Saturday.
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The Ohio State women’s basketball team entered their final home game of the 2013-2014 season today on a five game losing streak that had seen the Buckeyes go from solid contenders for an NCAA tournament berth to under .500 on the season and had fueled speculation that the team had just kind of hung it up for the rest of the season. Even though there is still a week left in the regular season, OSU’s last two games are on the road so today’s game was Senior Day for Martina Ellerbe, Amy Scullion, Darryce Moore, Ashley Adams, and Aleksandra Dobranic. Ohio State has really struggled on Sunday’s during the Big Ten season and considering their losing streak coming into the game, there were lots of doubts about whether they could send the seniors out correctly.
Ohio State got things off to an encouraging start with senior Martina Ellerbe opening the scoring with a three pointer as OSU jumped out to an early 7-2 lead. Northwestern would score the next five points before OSU went on a 14 to 3 run to open up a 23-10 lead at the midpoint of the first half. After trading baskets for the next few minutes, the Buckeyes scored 10 straight points, thanks to a pair of three pointers by Raven Ferguson, to extend their lead to 37-16 with five minutes remaining in the half. The teams would trade baskets the rest of the way and Ohio State led 41-21 at the half.
The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-15, 4-9) host the Northwestern Wildcats (14-12, 4-9) Sunday for a noon tip-off. Ohio State, losers of five straight games, look to get a win against a pretty so-so Northwestern team. But then Northwestern, also losers of five straight games, is probably thinking the same thing. The Buckeyes lost a tough game 67-59 to #17 Nebraska on Thursday, while Northwestern lost 82-73 to #9 Penn State the same evening.
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Things don’t get easier for the Ohio State Buckeyes (14-14, 4-8) as they host the #21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-5, 9-3).
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