After a disappointing loss at Cincinnati on Sunday, the Ohio State women’s basketball team saw their record fall to 7-6 on the season. With the holidays and the start of Big Ten season looming, the Buckeyes need to finish off the non-conference part of the schedule strong in order to build some momentum to carry into 2014. OSU has been 1-4 away from Columbus so it is fortunate that the last three non-conference games are all in Columbus, starting with tonight’s game against University of Tennessee Martin.
The game got off to a slow start with neither team shooting well and six minutes in the score was tied at 8. Amy Scullion’s second three pointer of the night got things going for the Ohio State offense as Cait Craft quickly followed with a three pointer of her own to put the Buckeyes up 14-8. A three pointer by UT Martin cut the lead to three but OSU responded with 13 straight points to go up 27-11 with just under eight minutes left in the half. Even when the Skyhawks managed to score to stop the OSU streak, it didn’t slow down the Buckeyes who extended their lead to 33-14 with a minute and a half remaining in the half. At that point it seemed that the Buckeyes were mentally already in the locker room and UT Martin took advantage, scoring the last seven points of the half to narrow the OSU to 33-21 as the teams headed to the locker room.
After a slow start to the game, OSU shook off their recent shooting woes and finished the half 46% from the field and 4 of 6 from three point range. Other than the last two minutes of the half, the Buckeyes played excellent defense, limiting the Skyhawks to 21% shooting.