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.
Coach Kevin McGuff took his squad to East Lansing to try to avenge an earlier loss to Michigan State, but the results were pretty much the same, as the Spartans pulled out their xiphos swords and eviscerated the Buckeyes 70-49. The loss drops Ohio State to 14-14, 4-8.
The Buckeyes continued their poor shooting; 31% from the field, 27% from 3-pt range and 40% from the foul line. Frankly, this shooting is inexcusable. To compound their misery, the Buckeyes were outrebounded 57-33. Fortunately, Ohio State committed only 11 turnovers to MSU’s 21, so this part of the game has improved over the past couple of games.
Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes in scoring with 25 points, but then she took nearly half the FG attempts, so I guess proportionally it works out about right. Although only scoring only 2 points, Martina Ellerbe did her par by pulling in a team high 7 rebounds. To me, the bright spot was the play of Lisa Blair, who in 21 minutes had 5 rebounds and 4 blocks; quite an active evening.
The 25th ranked Michigan State team was led by Annalise Pickrel (17 pts, 11 rbs), Becca Mills (17, 8), Aerial Powers (15, 7) and Tori Jankoska (11, 6). MSU shot 44% from the field, 33% from 3-pt range and 64% from the foul line.
The Buckeyes will hope to stop their 4 game slide on Thursday by hosting the Nebraska Cornhuskers this coming Thursday at 7:00 PM EST. Television coverage will be provided by BTDN.
The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-13, 4-7) will try to stop a 3 game slide by going to the Breslin Center on Saturday to take on the Michigan State Spartans (16-8, 8-3). Ohio State will try to get out of their recent shooting funk while throwing a defensive net on a high scoring Spartan backcourt. MSU win try to get back on track after a tough loss in Lincoln, NE.
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Coach Kevin’s crew hosted the 24th ranked Gonzaga Zags with a noon tip off today. Ohio State entered the game 6-4 record while Gonzaga entered with a 6-1 record.
The first minute and a half went well for the Buckeyes, as they moved out to a 4-0 lead, then things went sideways for Ohio State. During the next seven and a half minutes, OSU went scoreless, while Gonzaga scored 22 points, going up 22-4. The Buckeyes would chip into the Zag lead, and with 4 minutes remaining, had narrowed the gap to 28-16. The teams would hold serve, with Gonzaga taking a 32-20 lead into the half.
Ameryst Alston ked OSU in 1st half scoring with 9 points, while Darryce Moore had 4 points and 4 rebounds. This first half deficit was caused by two main issues; poor shooting (8-27, 30%) and even poorer ball handling (9 turnovers). Meanwhile, the Zags were led by 6’4″ forward, German native Sunny Greinacher with 8 points and 7 rebounds, along with Haiden Palmer’s 6 points & 6 boards and Lindsey Sherbert’s 6 points.
After facing the number one team in the country on Sunday, things didn’t get easier for the Ohio State women’s basketball team as they traveled to College Park to face 8th ranked Maryland in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge; yes, someone decided that OSU and Maryland would play each other in both the men’s and women’s challenges and both games would occur at the same time. The Terrapins have done very well in the challenge for the ACC over the years and were looking to conclude their participation on the ACC side with a win while the Buckeyes were looking to improve on their 2-4 record in the challenge.
Maryland opened the scoring and jumped out to a 5-0 lead but Ohio State quickly responded with four straight points to make it a 5-4 game two and a half minutes in. The Terrapins used a 7 to 2 run to extend their lead to six points but the Buckeyes quickly responded and used an Ameryst Alston three pointer to cut the deficit to 13-11 with just over six minutes run off the clock. From there the two teams traded baskets for the rest of the first half with Maryland unable to get more than a four point lead and OSU unable to take the lead despite chances. Neither team shot well in the first half, both going around 30% from the floor. The Terrapins dominated the boards early on but as the half went on, OSU evened that out a bit and at halftime Maryland held a 26 to 21 advantage in rebounds. The Buckeyes did a great job taking care of the ball early while forcing Terrapin turnovers but just like in rebounds, those numbers pretty much evened out by the end of the half.
After losing to the UConn Huskies on Sunday, things don’t get much easier for McGuff’s team since they travel to College Park, MD to play the University of Maryland Terrapins as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Terrapins are 7-1, their only loss coming to UConn.
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School: University of Maryland
Location: College Park, MD
Student Population: 26,487
School Type: Public, coed
Conference: ACC (for now)
Arena: Comcast Center
Head Coach: Brenda Frese
The Buckeyes have an “interim” game in the Hall of Fame Challenge on Wednesday by hosting the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks. After Sunday’s game against Bowling Green, OSU goes to Springfield, MA to play UConn. In the meantime however, McGuff’s team has to deal with Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks enter this contest on a 3-game winning streak and are at 5-1.
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School: Lehigh University
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Student Population: 4,883
School Type: Private
Conference: Patriot League
Arena: Stabler Arena
Head Coach: Sue Troyan
The Buckeyes hosted the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs in the 1st round of the Hall of Fame Challenge. This is the first of three consecutive games for these teams, so this Challenge will prove a good mental and physical test.
Battling early game turnovers, Ohio State got off to a bit of a slow start with 3 early giveaways. The Buckeyes did a good job of beating the OD press, but had trouble with the entry passes to the post. OSU improved their status at the under-12 timeout by pulling ahead 13-12, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Maleeka Kynard. OSU had been working on using their superior height by running a double high post involving Ashley Adams and Martina Ellerbe. At the 8:14 mark, a trey by Ameryst Alston push the score to 22-14. McGuff has a well conceived game plan with the double-high. When the feed pass when into one post player, the other broke to the basket for a pass. Nicely planned.