Ohio State braved inclimate weather to travel to West Lafayette to grab a win and sweep the season series with Purdue. In their win, Ohio State shot 56% from the field, 64% from 3-point range. In OSU’s win against Purdue on January 2nd, in addition to a scorching offense, they kept the turnovers fairly close, committing 19 to Purdue’s 17.
Things were far different tonight, as a pretty good defensive effort was in vain as the offense turned in an absolutely abysmal offensive performance. Let’s put it this way, when you hold your opponent to 35% FG and force 10 turnovers, and still get beat 74-58, your offense isn’t doing you any favors. This loss drops the Buckeyes to 14-12, 4-6 for the season.
The Buckeyes were led by Ameryst Alston’s 26 points. Raven Ferguson, held to one point in the first half, contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds. Raven’s problem was that she was 3-15 from the field.. Martina Ellerbe had another solid night with 8 points and 8 rebounds. For the game, OSU shot 34.5% from the field, 23.5% from the perimeter and 67 % from the freethrow line. And, the fouls shooting made the difference. Both team were whistled for a similar number of fouls, OSU 19, Purdue 16. While OSU was 14-21 from the line, Purdue was 27-29. The Boilermakers were 20-20 in the 2nd half.
As in the first meeting, Purdue placed five players in double figures: Courtney Moses (18), Liza Clemons (14), April Wilson (12), Whitney Bays (12) and Dee Williams (10). The Boilermakers shot 35.5% from the field, including 27.3% from the perimeter, and 93% from the foul line.
Ohio State trailed at the half 33-24. In the last 6:34 of the half, Purdue went on a 10-5 run due to Ohio State not having a field goal in that stretch; the Buckeyes were 0-7 from the field during that time. Neither team shot well; Ohio State was 32% (8-25) from the field while Purdue was 34% (13-38). From the perimeter, OSU was 1-6 and Purdue was 0-5, so not much good going on there. You may have noticed that Purdue had 13 more FG attempts in the half. Well, that’s because they had 10 offensive rebounds. That is a lot of quality (close to basket) possessions that went in Purdue’s favor. In contrast, Ohio State had 2 offensive boards. The turnover “battle” was won by Purdue; committing only 5 to Ohio State’s 10.
The Buckeyes were led at the half by Ameryst Alston (11 points) on only 3-9 FG’s, but she did make 5-6 free throws. Martina Ellerbe and Ashley Adams had 5 rebounds each. Unfortunately, 6th man Raven Ferguson was as cold as ice, with 1 point at half, going 0-5. Although Purdue’s April Wilson led the team in scoring wit 7 points, Liza Clemons really led them with 6 points and 6 rebounds, 3 boards at each end.
I’m sure that Coach McGuff had a few halftime words, um of encouragement, because in the 2nd half, by the under-16 timeout, OSU had 4 offensive rebounds for the half, doubling their entire 1st half performance. The came out of the locker room much more aggressive in their play.
However, midpoint in the half (9:51 mark), Purdue had outscored Ohio State 18-13, to extend their lead to 14 points, 51-37. At the under-8 timeout, a brief spurt by the Buckeyes closed the gap to 10 points, 53-43. Basket-trading then took place, and at the 2:19 point, OSU trailed 65-53.
McGuff better have his team work on some hooting drills, because their next opponent will be a still challenge. The Buckeyes’ next game is Sunday, February 9th as they host Penn State. In their first meeting, PSU won 66-42 (OSU’s lowest offensive output for the season, as OSU shot 30% from the field. Tip-off is 2:00 PM EST with television coverage provided by ESPN2.