Samantha Prahalis shows that you cannot stop her dribble drive.

After overcoming a tough test on Sunday against an Illinois team that was winless in the conference at the time, the Illini got their first Big Ten win of the year when they beat MSU tonight, Ohio State traveled to Bloomington to face the only other team who came into tonight without a conference win.  The Buckeyes last visited Bloomington two years ago and were ranked #6 in the country at the time but that did not stop the Hoosiers from pulling off the upset.  Tonight the #9 Buckeyes looked to do a better job.

Indiana jumped out to a quick 7-2 and flashbacks to that game two years ago, or the Illinois-MSU game earlier tonight, immediately came to mind.  Both teams struggled to score but the Hoosiers managed to slowly extend their lead, going up 20-12 with six and half minutes remaining in the half.  After looking a step slow and out of rhythm to start the game, the Buckeyes finally showed a bit of a spark, going on an 8 to 2 run to cut the Indiana lead to 22-20 with two minutes on the clock.  An Indiana basket followed by an empty OSU possession halted the run but a Hoosier turnover on the ensuing possession led to open three-pointer from the corner by freshman guard Raven Ferguson which cut the lead to 24-23.  Each team would hit one more basket in the half and the two teams headed into the locker room with Indiana leading 26-25.

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#10 Ohio State Foils Illinois Trap 96-84

Written January 22nd, 2012 by Charles

Prahalis scored 10 of her 28 points in the final five minutes to key Ohio State's victory.

After two straight wins over teams that are contenders for the Big Ten title, today’s game against Illinois had all the makings of a trap game for Ohio State. The Illini came into the game winless in the conference and tied for last place. That winless record was a bit deceiving however as Illinois had already given scares to ranked Purdue and Penn State; in fact, the Illini had only been outscored in regulation by 11 points in their last 5 games combined.

The game opened as a back and forth affair as the two teams traded baskets. Illinois held a 15-14 lead about eight minutes into the game when Ohio State scored 11 straight to take a 25-15 lead. The Illini responded with an 11 to 5 run to cut the lead to 30-26 with just over six minutes remaining in the half. The two teams traded baskets for the rest of the half with the Buckeyes able to stretch their lead to 44-36 as the horn sounded for intermission.

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Amber Stokes battles for a loose ball during Ohio State's win over Nebraska.

Sorry for being so slow in posting this, I ended up in the hospital last night due to some complications from having my gall bladder removed on Tuesday.  Fortunately a great way to feel better is to watch Ohio State beat a ranked team.  Last night Nebraska came to Columbus for the first time as amembers of the Big Ten, if they were expecting a warm welcome, they were in for a surprise.

The two teams opened by trading baskets before Ohio State used 8 straight points to take a 13-6 lead six minutes into the game.  Both teams then went cold for the next few minutes but Nebraska was the first to regain their touch as the Cornhuskers scored 7 unanswered to tied the game at 13.  The two teams went back to trading baskets and the Buckeyes led 29-27 with four and a half minutes left in the half.  At this point OSU scored 6 straight to extend their lead to 35-27.  The two teams would then coast into the half with the Buckeyes holding a 41-35 lead.

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Ohio State's defense was key in their victory over the Spartans.

Living in East Lansing I have come to relish opportunities to see Ohio State come to town, even though those games are always met with a bit of nervousness as I hate having to deal with Michigan State after a loss.  In recent years MSU fans have developed a chip on their shoulder when it comes to the Buckeyes and so seeing OSU defeat the Spartans has become even sweeter.  Today’s women’s basketball game in East Lansing promised to be a tough test for the Buckeyes as Michigan State features a talented team and there is always a large, hostile crowd in the Breslin Center for this match-up.

It was made clear from the outset that this would be a hard fought, defensive game and after about six minutes Ohio State held a 10-9 lead.  Over the next four minutes the Buckeyes extended that lead to 19-13 only to see the Spartans pull ahead with 8 unanswered points.  The Ohio State defense stiffened, not allowing a point over the last five minutes of the half, while the offense put up 9 straight to send the teams into the locker room with the Buckeyes holding a 28-21 lead.

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Buckeyes Outlast Northwestern 82-72

Written January 12th, 2012 by Charles

Tayler Hill being a boss, because she can.

Due to being out of town for a conference, tonight’s women’s game recap was handled by Margie at OHD, I will return with the recap of Sunday’s game at Michigan State which I get to attend.

In 2011, Northwestern beat Ohio State twice, adding to the team’s rocky 24-10 finish.

That was last season.

Though the score remained within a few points for most of the game, the Buckeyes (16-1, 3-1) were able to pull away for the 10 point finish over the Wildcats (11-6, 1-3). Turnovers were costly for Northwestern, as Ohio State scored 3o of its 82 points off 17 of them. Tayler Hill lead the team with 24 points, followed by Samantha Prahalis with 20.

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Michigan ended Ohio State's perfect season, adding more fuel to the rivalry.

Sorry for the very late posting of this article, I was traveling for a conference yesterday and did not a get chance to write this until now.

After never losing to Michigan during the first 8 years of his stay at Ohio State, Jim Foster has seen the rivalry take a turn for the worse.  The Wolverines swept the Buckeyes last season, helping to end OSU’s streak of Big Ten titles.  Yesterday the Buckeyes headed to Ann Arbor looking for some revenge, however things did not go as planned.

The first half was a great back and forth battle with several lead changes and even more ties.  Ohio State lead 26-25 with just over three minutes remaining in the half but Michigan went on a 7 to 0 run over the next three minutes and the two teams went into the locker room with the Wolverines leading 32-27.  Michigan carried that momentum into the second half by opening with an 11 to 3 run that gave them a 43-30 lead with just under fourteen minutes remaining in the game.  The Buckeyes managed to end the run but Michigan kept building its lead, eventually being up 56-37 with nine minutes left on the clock.  Ohio State looked like they were about to get run out of the building but suddenly managed to step up their defense as the scored 9 straight to cut the lead to 56-46 and make it a game again.  The Wolverines quickly stretched the lead back to 14 but the Buckeyes answered and cut the lead to 62-57 with three minutes remaining in the game.  Suddenly Ohio State seemed to have the momentum and looked like they were going to pull off another one of their comeback victories.  Unfortunately things did not work out that way as Ohio State’s offense turned cold again and Michigan managed to salt the game away with free throws, winning 73-62 and handing OSU its first loss of the season.

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#8 Ohio State Overcomes Early Deficit to Beat Iowa 84-71

Written January 2nd, 2012 by Charles

Samantha Prahalis battled Iowa pressure to score a season high 30 points.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team started of 2012 with the worst scheduled Big Ten home opener this afternoon as they hosted Iowa in a game that overlapped with the Gator Bowl. Fortunately a decent sized crowd showed up to support the team as they looked to continue the best start in program history.

The two teams opened the game going back and forth but Iowa then put together an early run of six straight to open a 9-4 lead. Ohio State responded and trimmed the Iowa lead to 11-8 but the Hawkeyes quickly re-extended the lead to 22-12 with thirteen minutes remaining in the half. Iowa was able to build the double-digit lead thanks to poor perimeter defense by the Buckeyes allowing them open looks. The Buckeyes added to their early problems by doing a poor job of rebounding on both ends of the floor. The Hawkeye offense began to cool off a bit at this point but so did the Buckeye offense and Iowa managed to extend its lead to 37-22 with five and half minutes to go in the half. With the game looking like it may get away from them, Ohio State found a spark and used some nice three-point shooting from Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis to close the half on a 17 to 3 run. While Ohio State still went into the half down 40-39, their first halftime deficit of the season, the late run got them right back into the game and got the crowd going.

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#11 Ohio State Opens Big Ten Play 77-61 Over Wisconsin

Written December 30th, 2011 by Charles

Pressue like this could not stop Samantha Prahalis from posting a double-double.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team went undefeated through the non-conference portion of their schedule to get off to the best start in program history. Getting off to a start like that is always impressive but it is even more impressive as the achievement is even more impressive as the Buckeyes did it against a difficult schedule while adjusting to the graduation of the most prolific scorer and rebounder in program history. After a week off for Christmas, the Buckeyes returned to action tonight, opening the Big Ten portion of their schedule with a trip to Madison.

Ohio State jumped out a quick 5-0 lead but Wisconsin quickly tied the game with a pair of baskets. The Buckeyes responded by scoring seven unanswered to open up a 12-5 lead four minutes into the game. The fast pace of the game continued as the two teams began trading baskets with the Badgers slowly chipping away at the Buckeye lead before taking a 27-26 lead with five minutes remaining in the half. Ohio State took the lead right back thanks to a Tayler Hill three-pointer which ignited an 8 to 0 run that gave the Buckeyes a 34-27 lead. Wisconsin was not impressed though as they came right back with a 10 to 2 run to take a 37-36 lead with under a minute to go before halftime. A pair of free throws by freshman Maleeka Kynard gave Ohio State back the lead, 38-37, which is where the score stood as the two teams went into the locker room.

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