The Ohio State men’s basketball team wasn’t the only Buckeye squad looking to end a losing streak tonight. The OSU women’s basketball team came into tonight on a two game losing streak and were looking to break that as they traveled to Ann Arbor to face rival Michigan. The game was even more meaningful as the Buckeyes were looking for revenge after losing to the Wolverines in Columbus earlier in the month.
Neither team started out shooting well in the game and points were difficult to come by early on; at the midpoint of the first Ohio State led 8-7. The Buckeyes managed to get the offense going a little better over the next three minutes as they used an 8 to 1 run to open up a 16-8 lead with just over six minutes remaining. The two teams then traded baskets and with three and a half minutes remaining OSU held up 21-15. Unfortunately, the Buckeye offense hit a wall at that point and didn’t score the rest of the half while Michigan closed with 11 straight points and the Wolverines headed into the locker room with a 26-21 lead. Ohio State shot atrociously in the first half, going 29% from the field and 22% from three point range. Fortunately, Michigan didn’t shoot much better going 33% from the field and 20% from beyond-the-arc.
Michigan hit a layup to open the scoring in the second half but Ohio State responded with a 10 to 3 run to tie the game at 31 six minutes into the second period. The Wolverines quickly fired back, outscoring the Buckeyes 9 to 2 over the next two and a half minutes to retake a 40-33 lead. Ashley Adams and Raven Ferguson weren’t impressed by the Michigan run though and teamed up on the next three baskets with Ferguson hitting a jumper sandwiched between assisting on layups by Adams. The baskets by Ferguson and Adams sparked the rest of the Buckeyes and ignited a 17 to 2 run that put Ohio State up 50-42 with five minutes remaining in the game. That run pretty much broke Michigan’s spirits and the Wolverines would never get closer as Ohio State cruised the rest of the way to a 61-50 win.
Coach Kevin McGuff’s team entered today’s final non-conference game at 9-6, hoping to get to double digit wins before starting their Big Ten schedule on January 2nd by hosting Purdue.
Well, they did get their 10th win, as the Buckeyes, led by Darryce Moore’s 16 points and 6 rebounds defeated the North Carolina Central Eagles, 65-47. Ohio State showed aggressiveness throughout the game, perhaps a bit too aggressive at times. However, this team is playing hard for Coach McGuff, and “playing hard” will pick them up an extra win or two.
Ohio State got off to a fast start offensively, leading 8-3 at the 15:00 mark. OSU shot 3-7 from the field, including a 3-pointer from Cait Craft. In contrast, OSU’s defensive pressure limited NCCU to 1-7 from the field.
At the under-12 timeout, the Buckeyes had moved the lead to 14-7 based on continued respectable Fg shooting (46%) and poor NCCU shooting (30%FG, 17% FT). Up to the point, the Buckeyes were applying full court pressure, and mixing up their half-court defense among man-to-man, 1-2-2 and 2-3 zones.
At the under-8 timeout, OSU still held a 7 point lead 19-12. Ohio State had cooled off a bit, but the Buckeye defense prevented the Eagles from getting many solid looks as well.
At the 3:16 mark, OSU was still up by 7 points, 21-14. As you see from the “interval” scores, neither team was shooting very well in this stretch. A Maleeka Kynard steal and layup at the 2:43 mark, followed by a 3-pointer; a 5 point burst by Kynard, at the 2-minute mark pushed OSU to double-digit lead. A late (in possession time) fouls on OSU gave NCCU two points at the FT line. The Buckeyes entered the halftime break up 28-16, as the last two minutes of the half were marred by exchanges of turnovers.
The halftime break came at a good time for McGuff to get his troops settled down. The game started out very well for the Buckeyes with hot shooting and steady, tenacious defense, but as the half wore on, the team’s discipline and effectiveness flattened out. Ohio State committed several fouls on NCCU as the shot clock was winding down (5 seconds or less) and the Eagles were looking for any kind of decent shot. Unfortunately, OSU was willing to accommodate their guests by bailing them out with the late fouls.
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.
Here’s a profile on the University of Maryland
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 Ohio State women’s basketball team hosted the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks tonight in a pre-Thanksgiving treat. Since this is a Wednesday evening, prior to a holiday, this recap will be short like the drive to your in-laws, and sweet, like that 2nd piece of pumpkin pie that none of us will decline. Except for Clair, probably..
The Buckeyes rolled to a 37-28 1st half lead based on 50%’ish shooting from the field, while holding The Mountain Hawks to shooting in the mid 30%. This was quite the flip, since Lehigh entered tonight’s contest as the much better shooting team. The Ohio State offense was also supported by very good foul shooting, which is always a welcome sight. The blemish on OSU’s 1st half performance was abysmal ball handling, again, as they had almost a game’s worth of turnovers in the first 20 minutes. Regardless, Ohio State overcame this with the aforementioned hot shooting and tough defense to build a nice lead at the half. As an example, Ohio State held Lehigh, over a 5 minute stretch in the half to 5 points, while scoring 11, to open things up a bit.
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.
Here’s a profile on Lehigh University
School: Lehigh University
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Student Population: 4,883
School Type: Private
Conference: Patriot League
Arena: Stabler Arena
Head Coach: Sue Troyan
The Ohio State women’s basketball team didn’t get much of a break after their win over Old Dominion last night in the first game of the Hall-Of-Fame Challenge as the Buckeyes faced the Marist Red Foxes in the second game of the challenge. Fans of OSU women’s basketball probably remember Marist as the team that upset the Buckeyes in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA tournament and I at least was looking for revenge.
Ohio State opened the scoring with a Darryce Moore layup on the first possession but things slowed down for the Buckeyes from there and they found themselves in a 10-6 hole five minutes into the game. A pair of layups by Raven Ferguson and then a layup by Ashley Adams gave the Buckeyes the lead back 12-10 but the Red Foxes responded with a 7 to 0 run to go up 17-12 with eight minutes remaining in the half. The two teams went back and forth from there with Marist extending their lead to 30-20 with just under two minutes to go. OSU put on a great performance in the final twenty seconds of the half though, getting an old fashioned three point play from Ashley Adams, forcing a turnover, and then closing the half with a Martina Ellerbe layup that cut the Marist lead to 30-25 as the two teams went into the locker rooms. The key difference between the two teams in the first half was the outside shooting, Marist was on fire from beyond the arc and that gave them the lead even though they shot pretty much the same overall as Ohio State.
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.