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
After bouncing back from their second loss of the season with a win over Lehigh, the Ohio State women’s basketball team faced their biggest challenge of the season today as they took on top ranked Connecticut in Springfield, Massachusetts in the premier game of the first annual women’s Hall of Fame Challenge. The Huskies entered this game 8-0 and boasting an average margin of victory of nearly 40 points which included games against #6 Stanford, #8 Maryland, and #13 Penn State; UConn’s average margin of victory in those games was 18 points.
Both teams opened the game with a very deliberate tempo, moving the ball around on offense and working to get good looks though good defense by both squads limited those looks early. Connecticut scored the first four points of the game before Martina Ellerbe got things going for the Buckeyes with a three pointer and Ameryst Alston followed with a layup to give OSU a 5-4 lead. The Huskies responded with six straight points to retake the lead. A jumper and a free throw by Alston would pull the Buckeyes within two, 10-8, with eleven minutes remaining in the half but Connecticut responded with a 10 to 2 run to extend their lead to double digits, 20-10. Ellerbe’s second three pointer of the night would make that lead 20-15 with four and a half to go but then the Huskie defense locked down as they closed the half on a 15 to 2 run to go into the half leading 35-17.
The second half mostly played out as an exercise in the inevitable as Ohio State never managed to seriously threaten Connecticut. The Huskies extended their lead to 21 on a couple occasions and the Buckeyes managed to get as close as 14, 50-36, with eight minutes to play but for the most part the two teams traded baskets. When the final buzzer sounded, UConn had a 70-49 win.
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 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.
Sorry to be a little late on this…
Here we are, Game 2 of the Kevin McGuff era, and things are looking good for the Ohio State women’s program. The Buckeyes politely welcomed the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Owls by edging them by the score of 91-88. Despite running off to a 52-41 lead in the 1st half, the Buckeyes tried to see if they could commit more fouls than turnovers in the 2nd half. But, a win is a win, and Coach McGuff is 2-0 as Buckeye head coach.
Ashley Adams got things rocking with a basket :16 into the game, and it was hold on to your hats time. By the time the dust had settled at halftime, Ohio State had moved out to a 52-41 lead. Cait Craft, Ameryst Alston (again) and Ashley Adams powered the 1st half offense. As mentioned in the Preview, FAU struggled a bit with OSU’s size and athleticism. OSU had a 14-4 foul advantage in the 1st half, but up to the 9:00 minute nark, in the 2nd half, the foul differential had evened out
Both coaches made use of frequent substitutions in an attempt to get fresh players on the floor. The Owls amped up the intensity in the 2nd half and at about the 11:00 mark, pulled within 10, before a Cait Crat FG moved margin back to 12 points. However, the 2nd half was more problematic for OSU as numerous fouls and turnovers kept FAU within striking distance. At the 5:40 mark, FAU had closed the gap to 10 points, 80-70. At the under 5 time-out, FAU had pulled with 8, 83-75. Follow me here; at the 2:38 mark, the margin was still 8 points, 86-78, until Latavia Dempsey hits a 3-pointer 86-81.. At the 1:49 it’s now 86-83, at 1:44 it’s 86-85 and the Buckeyes are looking to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.. at :45 mark a Darryce Moor +1 moves margin to 4 points, 89-85. Good thing, too, since an Owl 3-pointer pulled them to within 1 point, 89-88. Two free-throws by Alston sealed the deal at 91-88.
Cait Craft led the Buckeyes with a career high 29 points, with Ameryst Alston scoring 28 and Ashley Adams 14 points. Adams also had 14 rebounds for a double-double, and Darryce Moore also had a DD with 11 points and 10 rebounds. It was a pretty good offensive game, obviously, but the down side was that Craft, Alston and Adams also committed 5 turnovers apiece.
In the preview I thought this would be a good test to see how the Buckeyes could fare against a ‘guard-heavy’ team in the Owls. They won, but could easily have lost. The upcoming opponent, VCU will stress OSU again later this week.
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
Note: to get a better understanding of this season’s Buckeyes, you need to read this fine article by Charles on the team.
The 2013-2014 basketball season is here. The Ohio State women’s team visits the West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday November 8th at 5:30 PM. After handling Bellarmine 101-48 in a scrimmage at Value City Arena, the pre-conference schedule gets serious. The Mountaineers also had their scrimmage last Friday and conquered Concord, 101-26. Yikes.
Here’s some background on West Virginia University.
School: West Virginia University
Location: Morgantown, WVa
Student Population: 22,827
School Type: Public, Co-ed
Conference: Big 12 (2nd year)
Arena: WVU Coliseum
Head Coach: Mike Carey