Buckeyes Muzzle Mountain Hawks

Written November 27th, 2013 by Ken

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 2nd half started well for the Buckeyes at both ends of the floor; in the first three and a half  minutes, they held Lehigh to 4 points, while scoring 24 points, effectively putting this game away. In fact, after about five minutes were gone in the half, OSU was flirting with a 30′ish point lead for the rest of the game. In fact with 3:37 remaining in the game, OSU had opened up a 38 point margin, 89-51. The Buckeyes pretty much flat-lined for the rest of the game, with the final score ending in a 30 point margin, 93-63.

Ohio State rocked Lehigh with 56 points in the 2nd half. This was attributable to two things; much better ball control and continued excellent shooting. Ohio State ended the game with 23 turnovers, not good, but the bulk of these occurred in the 1st half, and in “garbage time” when the game was well decided. During the “meat” of the 2nd half, OSU’s offense was much more efficient.  Speaking of efficient, OSU shot 50% (33-66) from the field for the game. Even more impressive to me, was OSu only attempted 9 3-point shots. They recognized they were better going inside against the shorter Mountain Hawks, and in paid off for them.

Ohio State had 5 players in double digits tonight, led by Martina Ellerbe’s 21 points. Other double-digiters were; Ameryst Alston with 16 points, Cait Craft 14 points, Ashley Adams 14 points and Maleeka Kynard 12 points. Ameryst also led the Buckeyes in rebounding with 9 boards.

The Mountain Hawks did have three double digit scorers: Sarah Williams 14 points, Kerry Kinek 12 points and Katie O’Reilly 11 points.

The Buckeyes next game is this coming Sunday, December 1st in Springfield, MA, as par of the Hall of Fame Challenge. Ohio State’s opponent will be the #1 ranked UConn Huskies. So, yes, this will be a Challenge.

Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30PM EST and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2. Pleas join us 30 minutes before game time for our live chat.

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