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).
The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-12, 4-6) host the #10 Penn State University Lady Lions (17-5, 8-2) this Sunday afternoon. Both teams are coming off losses; Ohio State to Purdue 74-58 and Penn State to Iowa 73-70. The Nits are coming off a tough 84-74 loss to Purdue on Sunday. The game is Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM EST.
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After some spotty play so far this season, exemplified by, at least in conference play, playing well against ranked teams and not so well against so-so team, Kevin McGuff took his team into the lions den tonight to square off against #14 Penn State.
Let’s get this on the table; not a whole lot went right tonight for the Buckeyes. In fact in terms of “skills” such as shooting and ball handling, almost nothing went right. It was just a horrific offensive performance. However, the Bucks did continue to play with effort and tenacity on defense, so even on nights where we can’t make a shot nor hang on to the ball, the team lays end-to-end effort and they should be recognized for that.
In the 66-42 loss, the Buckeyes were led by Ameryst Alston (12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists) and Ashley Adams (8 points, 10 rebounds) while the Nittany Lions were led by Maggie Lucas(18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), Ariel Edwards (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Talia East (8 points, 9 rebounds).
The outcome shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise with the inconsistent play we’ve seen this year and the team’s tendency to lapse into off-shooting ( 29%) and off-ball handling nights (19 turnovers). This was a David vs Goliath matchup, without the slingshot.
Things got off to a brisk start with the teams tied at 8 points apiece after 5 minutes of play. OSU was OK offensively at this point shooting 44% ( 4-9) from the field, but 0-3 from 3-point range (just stop it, OK?).
The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-7, 2-1) having defeated the ranked Hoosiers on travel to University Park, PA to take on the 14th ranked Penn State Nittany lions (11-4, 2-1). The Nits are coming off a tough 84-74 loss to Purdue on Sunday. The game is Thursday at 7:00 PM EST.
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