tBBC WBB Roundtable: Regular Season Wrap-up

Written March 6th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

We wrap up the Buckeyes regular season with a get together to discuss our feelings about multiple topics. We’re pleased to have Marty Bannister from The Fan in Columbus and the voice of the Buckeyes join us and give his thoughts on the regular season. We also have women’s basketball season ticket holder and superfan Jeff Howell joining us with his insight to our Q&A. I have included links in the participant’s names for their twitters, please follow if you aren’t already! Let’s get started.

Seems like yesterday that this photo was taken, hard to believe Coaches first season is almost in the books

Seems like yesterday that this photo was taken, hard to believe Coaches first season is almost in the books

What do you feel is the highlight of Coach McGuff’s first regular season in Columbus?

Marty - Two things pop to mind right away, the signing of the highly rated freshman recruiting class, led Cincinnati Princeton’s Kelsey Mitchell and Kettering Fairmont’s Makayla Waterman, and then that same week, opening with a win at then 12th ranked, and now 7th ranked, West Virginia. That win came without Raven Ferguson, suspended for the first 3 games, and the Buckeyes played the final 1:20 with only 5 eligible players. That same Mountaineer team won at Baylor this past weekend,snapping the defending champs 35 game home court win streak.

Jeff -  To me the highlight of McGuff’s first season was the ability of he and his staff to “coach up” this team.  There have obviously been more talented Lady Buckeye teams in the past, but in my 12 years as a season ticket holder I have never seen a Lady Buckeye team with more heart and effort than this year’s team.  Let’s face it – other than Ameryst Alston, this team was largely made up of role players, who provided a specific area of expertise:  a rebounder – Moore/Adams, a defensive stopper – Craft, an energy person – Scullion, a person who can take someone off the dribble – Raven, a person who can hit an open shot – Ellerbe.  None of these had the all around, everything game of Alston.  McGuff and his staff were able to get the most out of nothing from this group and for the most part were competitive in every single game.  His whole approach to practices, warm-ups prior to the game start, his engaging energy on the bench, etc. were refreshing and will bode well going forward.

Ken - The season opening win against West Virginia. In their first game, they visited a very good team and won an away game. Good times were ahead for us.

Mali - We beat Michigan at Michigan. That’s never ever a bad thing.

Charles - This is a tossup between the season opening win on the road against a good West Virginia team, always good to get a win in your first game as head coach, and the upset of 17th ranked Purdue in the first Big Ten game.  Beating a ranked conference foe is a big deal and was made better because it was against Purdue who I possibly hate more than Michigan in women’s basketball.

WVaBuckeye -  I have two that are ties from my perspective. First, was the way this team came out and performed to his expectations and that definitely became the catalyst for players who just weren’t going to handle the improvement. I think that’s a positive thing. Second, is the tireless work in which he and staff put in with regards to the class that’s coming in and the two stars transferring. The season and recruiting is a testament to him because he did a lot with very little so to speak.

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WBB ALL-B1G: Alston, Ferguson, and Scullion Honored

Written March 4th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye
Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes with 30 points. Against NW earlier, All-B1G First team honoree

Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes with 30 points against NW earlier

Head coach Kevin McGuff has has some more work to do this season but his first three All-B1G honorees have been named and the streak of All-B1G first team honorees continues for the Buckeyes as Ameryst Alston has been so honored.

I tweeted the Canton McKinley product yesterday, @am_bam14 that she had been sending a message to the B1G coaches and media all season, and evidently they got it. Her honors on both lists marks the 10th consecutive season that at least one Buckeye has earned first team honors and is the 12th overall selection since 2005.

Alston, who’s just a sophomore, finished the regular season third with 20.3 ppg and led the team with 99 assists and 36 steals. She lit up the nets from the outside as well at opportune times in key upsets and had 33 total trifectas during the season. She will have plenty of help next season and should repeat as an All-B1G performer.

Raven Ferguson came off the bench to lead Ohio State with 16 points. Against TTUN All-B1G Honorable mention and ^th player candidate

Raven Ferguson came off the bench to lead Ohio State with 16 points against TTUN

Junior guard and former Columbus Africentric star Raven Ferguson, who earned honorable mention honors by the media,  was a front runner for Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honors. @ThatsSORaven_31 was second on the team in scoring with 12.8 ppg, the sharpshooting guard led the Buckeyes with 19 three-point field goals in conference play and was a force on the glass at both ends of the court. There were many moments during the season that she was the team leader in scoring or rebounding and has cemented her spot on the team when the fresh talent comes in next season.

Salem Ohio Red-shirt junior Amy Scullion was Ohio State’s recipient of the Big Ten’s Sportsmanship Award and has elected to forego her senior season to focus on med school. One of the more consistent players this season she started 31 of 32 games. She averaged 3.3 ppg and 4 rpg and had a career high 19 points against UT-Martin this season. Her leadership will be missed moving forward, but she obviously left an impression on the rest of the conference for the type of person she is.

#25 was honored with her senior class

Honored with her senior class

Congratulations to the honorees and the best of luck keeping your season going in the B1G tournament this week!

Ohio State First Team All-Big Ten selections (since 2005);2005 – Jessica Davenport; 2006 – Jessica Davenport; 2007 – Jessica Davenport; 2008 - Jantel Lavender; 2009 - Jantel Lavender; 2010 - Jantel Lavender, Samantha Prahalis; 2011 - Jantel Lavender; 2012 - Tayler Hill, Samantha Prahalis; 2013 - Tayler Hill; 2014 - Ameryst Alston

Raven Ferguson continued her campaign for Big Ten 6th player of the year with 16 points off the bench.

Raven Ferguson continued her campaign for Big Ten 6th player of the year with 16 points off the bench.

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.

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Ohio State Snaps Losing Streak With Win Over Northwestern

Written February 23rd, 2014 by Charles

OSU's five graduating seniors were honored at their last home game.

OSU’s five graduating seniors were honored at their last home game.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team entered their final home game of the 2013-2014 season today on a five game losing streak that had seen the Buckeyes go from solid contenders for an NCAA tournament berth to under .500 on the season and had fueled speculation that the team had just kind of hung it up for the rest of the season.  Even though there is still a week left in the regular season, OSU’s last two games are on the road so today’s game was Senior Day for Martina Ellerbe, Amy Scullion, Darryce Moore, Ashley Adams, and Aleksandra Dobranic.  Ohio State has really struggled on Sunday’s during the Big Ten season and considering their losing streak coming into the game, there were lots of doubts about whether they could send the seniors out correctly.

Ohio State got things off to an encouraging start with senior Martina Ellerbe opening the scoring with a three pointer as OSU jumped out to an early 7-2 lead.  Northwestern would score the next five points before OSU went on a 14 to 3 run to open up a 23-10 lead at the midpoint of the first half.  After trading baskets for the next few minutes, the Buckeyes scored 10 straight points, thanks to a pair of three pointers by Raven Ferguson, to extend their lead to 37-16 with five minutes remaining in the half.  The teams would trade baskets the rest of the way and Ohio State led 41-21 at the half.

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WBB Recap: Ohio State edged by Nebraska, 67-59

Written February 20th, 2014 by Ken

The Buckeyes were trying to break a four game losing streak by hosting the #17 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Meanwhile, Nebraska is on a six game winning streak.  Umm.. The Buckeyes moved to 14-15, 4-9 on the season with the loss to Nebraska. Despite a lackluster first half by both team, Ohio State played very well in the 2nd half until they hit the dreaded “can’t buy a basket stretch. The Buckeyes went scoreless from the 8:02 mark to the :43 mark, well over 7 minutes, to see the game slip away.

 

This was truly one of their better games of the season, and hats off to Coach Kevin McGuff and his team. The Buckeyes were on a stretch where frankly, they weren’t playing very well, and were hosting a red-hot, ranked opponent. However, tonight, they pushed Nebraska to the limit

 

The Buckeyes shot % from the field The Buckeyes were led by Ameryst Alston (31 pts) and Amy Scullion (10 pts). Rebounding favored the Cornhuskers 44 to 34, and OSU didn’t help matters by committing 18 turnovers to Nebraska’s 11.

 

Nebraska shot % from the field The Cornhuskers were led by Rachel Theriot (26 pts) and Jordan Hooper (24 pts). Although held to a combined 5 points, Emilie Cady and Hailie Sample combined for 22 rebounds, 11 apiece.

 

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WBB Pregame Glance: Nebraska

Written February 19th, 2014 by Ken

Things don’t get easier for the Ohio State Buckeyes (14-14, 4-8) as they host the #21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-5, 9-3).

Here’s their Profile

  • School: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Location: Lincoln, NE
  • Founded: 1869
  • Student Population: 19,103
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • Seating: 15,000
  • Built: 2013
  • Head Coach: Connie Yori
  • Year: 12th

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WBB Pregame Glance: Penn State

Written February 9th, 2014 by Ken

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.

 

Here’s their Profile

  • School: Penn State University
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Founded: 1855
  • Student Population: 39,192
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Bryce Jordan Center
  • Seating: 15,261
  • Built: 1996
  • Head Coach: Coquese Washington
  • Year: 7th

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WBB: Boilers Hammer Buckeyes 74-58

Written February 6th, 2014 by Ken

Ohio State braved inclimate weather to travel to West Lafayette to grab a win and sweep the season series with Purdue. In their win, Ohio State shot 56% from the field, 64% from 3-point range. In OSU’s win against Purdue on January 2nd, in addition to a scorching offense, they kept the turnovers fairly close, committing 19 to Purdue’s 17.

 Things were far different tonight, as a pretty good defensive effort was in vain as the offense turned in an absolutely abysmal offensive performance. Let’s put it this way, when you hold your opponent to 35% FG and force 10 turnovers, and still get beat 74-58, your offense isn’t doing you any favors. This loss drops the Buckeyes to 14-12, 4-6 for the season. 

The Buckeyes were led by Ameryst Alston’s 26 points. Raven Ferguson, held to one point in the first half, contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds. Raven’s problem was that she was 3-15 from the field.. Martina Ellerbe had another solid night with 8 points and 8 rebounds. For the game, OSU shot 34.5% from the field, 23.5% from the perimeter and 67 % from the freethrow line. And, the fouls shooting made the difference. Both team were whistled for a similar number of fouls, OSU 19, Purdue 16. While OSU was 14-21 from the line, Purdue was  27-29. The Boilermakers were 20-20 in the 2nd half.

As in the first meeting, Purdue placed five players in double figures: Courtney Moses (18),  Liza Clemons (14), April Wilson (12), Whitney Bays (12) and Dee Williams (10). The Boilermakers shot 35.5% from the field, including 27.3% from the perimeter, and 93% from the foul line.

Ohio State trailed at the half 33-24. In the last 6:34 of the half, Purdue went on a 10-5 run due to Ohio State not having a field goal in that stretch; the Buckeyes were 0-7 from the field during that time. Neither team shot well; Ohio State was 32% (8-25) from the field while Purdue was 34% (13-38). From the perimeter, OSU was 1-6 and Purdue was 0-5, so not much good going on there. You may have noticed that Purdue had 13 more FG attempts in the half. Well, that’s because they had 10 offensive rebounds. That is a lot of quality (close to basket) possessions that went in Purdue’s favor. In contrast, Ohio State had 2 offensive boards. The turnover “battle” was won by Purdue; committing only 5 to Ohio State’s 10.

The Buckeyes were led at the half by Ameryst Alston (11 points) on only 3-9 FG’s, but she did make 5-6 free throws. Martina Ellerbe and Ashley Adams had 5 rebounds each. Unfortunately, 6th man Raven Ferguson was as cold as ice, with 1 point at half, going 0-5. Although Purdue’s April Wilson led the team in scoring wit 7 points, Liza Clemons really led them with 6 points and 6 rebounds, 3 boards at each end.

I’m sure that Coach McGuff had a few halftime words, um of encouragement, because in the 2nd half, by the under-16 timeout, OSU had 4 offensive rebounds for the half, doubling their entire 1st half performance. The came out of the locker room much more aggressive in their play.

However, midpoint in the half (9:51 mark), Purdue had outscored Ohio State 18-13, to extend their lead to 14 points, 51-37. At the under-8 timeout, a brief spurt by the Buckeyes closed the gap to 10 points, 53-43. Basket-trading then took place, and at the 2:19 point, OSU trailed 65-53.

McGuff better have his team work on some hooting drills, because their next opponent will be a still challenge. The Buckeyes’  next game is Sunday, February 9th as they host Penn State. In their first meeting, PSU won 66-42 (OSU’s lowest offensive output for the season, as OSU shot 30% from the field. Tip-off is 2:00 PM EST with television coverage provided by ESPN2.