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.
After getting off to a 3-0 start, the Ohio State women’s basketball team faced its toughest test on the season with a trip to #22 Georgia. The Bulldogs made the Elite Eight last season and are replacing several starters but still are a tough team that has become NCAA tournament regulars. Injuries, suspensions, graduations, and a decision to transfer had left Ohio State short handed this season; the Buckeyes haven’t had more than 8 healthy players for any of their games so far. Fortunately things were a bit better today as guard Raven Ferguson returned to the team after serving a three game suspension for violating team rules.
Ohio State got things started the right way, scoring the first seven points in the game and limiting Georgia to only three shot attempts, all misses, in the opening three minutes. The Bulldogs finally got on the board thanks to a free throw that then sparked a 12 to 2 run to give Georgia a 12-9 lead eight minutes into the opening half. The Buckeyes answered right back with back-to-back three pointers from Ameryst Alston followed by a three pointer by Amy Scullion which put OSU back on top 18-12 at the midpoint of the half. The rest of the half would be a tight, back and forth affair with Georgia repeatedly cutting the OSU lead to 1 point. Fortunately the Buckeyes responded each time and went into halftime with a 33-29 lead.
Georgia came out strong to start the second half while the Buckeyes looked flat; OSU failed to score for the first six and a half minutes of the second period while the Bulldogs scored 11 unanswered to take a 40-33 lead. When OSU finally got on the board thanks to a pair of free throws, they then followed those with three pointers by Maleeka Kynard and Scullion as part of an 8 to 3 run that cut the Bulldog lead to 43-41 at the midpoint of the half. Neither team was able to have much luck scoring from that point and with just under a minute and a half remaining in the game, Ohio State found themselves down 53-47. A pair of Ameryst Alston free throws followed by a steal by Kynard seemed to give the Buckeyes a chance but OSU promptly turned the ball over and were forced to foul. The Bulldogs missed the front end of the one-and-one and the Buckeyes grabbed the rebound but were unable to score as Georgia hung on for the 53-49 win.
Note: Due to oversight on my part, I didn’t get Preview up yesterday. Here it is, better late than never… maybe. Ken
The women’s team, after dispatching of West Virginia 70-61 on Friday, comes back to Columbus to host the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Owls. The Owls conclude a two game Ohio swing, after getting zipped by University of Akron on Friday, 98-69.
Here’s the scoop on Florida Atlantic University.
School: Florida Atlantic University
Location: Boca Raton, FL
Student Population: 24,843 or 31,ooo+ depending on who you believe
School Type: Public, co-ed
Conference: Conference USA (CUSA)
Arena: FAU Arena “The Burrow”
Head Coach: Kellie Lewis-Jay