“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” is a popular holiday song and after a two game road trip to the state of Washington, the Ohio State women’s basketball team listened to the title of that song and returned home for a three game stretch to wrap-up the non-conference portion of the schedule. The Buckeyes kicked off the home stand today by hosting Southern University who came into this game looking for their second win of the year.
Ohio State got off to a hot start as Tayler Hill hit a pair of three pointers in the opening minute and center/forward Aleksandra Dobranic added four points to give the Buckeyes a quick 10-2 lead with just over two minutes off of the clock. While most people thought of Southern as just a sacrificial lamb, the Jaguars didn’t view themselves that way and they took advantage of some missed shots by the Buckeyes to go on a 9 to 2 run to make it a 12-11 game with just under fourteen minutes left in the half. After trading baskets for a couple minutes, OSU decided that they had enough of letting Southern hang around, going on a 20-3 run to blow the game open and take a 38-18 lead with two minutes left until intermission. The dominance of that run was made even more impressive by the fact that key contributions came from off the bench as Maleeka Kynard and Raven Ferguson accounted for 6 and 5 of those points, respectively. The Jaguars would close out the half on a 6 to 2 run but the two teams went into the locker room with Ohio State holding a comfortable 40-24 lead.
After climbing to 12th and 14th in the polls, the Ohio State women’s basketball team faced Southern University tonight in the second straight easy game for the Buckeyes after surviving a tough three game stretch two weeks ago. Despite the mismatch in talent, the game did pose a challenge for the Buckeyes, could they keep up their intensity and focus for another easy opponent?
Ohio State opened the scoring as Darryce Moore, starting for the second straight games, made a pair of free throws but Southern quickly hit a basket to tie it up. The Buckeyes then went on a 17-2 run to take a lead that they would never again relinquish. OSU extended their lead to 26-6 just past the halfway point of the half. The Jaguars responded by hitting a three-pointer and then an inside jumper to cut the lead to 15, the closest that they would get. Ohio State kept building its lead and the Buckeyes went into the locker room leading 44-24.