Ohio State Suffers Disappointing Loss to Bowling Green, 64-52

Written November 24th, 2013 by Charles

This unfortunately summarized a lot of the game.

This unfortunately summarized a lot of the game.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team entered day three of the Hall of Fame Challenge as the only undefeated team in the Columbus site after having beaten Old Dominion on Friday and then rallied to beat Marist on Saturday.  Less than 24 hours after that thrilling comeback against the Red Foxes, the Buckeyes were back on the court to take on in-state foe Bowling Green.

A Darryce Moore layup opened the scoring but OSU’s lead was short lived as Bowling Green used a pair of three pointers to take an early 8-2 lead.  It quickly became apparent that the Falcons were going to use a similar strategy as Marist did and attack the Buckeyes from beyond-the-arc.  Unfortunately OSU still struggled to close out on the three point shooters and Bowling Green took advantage of those open looks.  To compound problems for Ohio State, the Buckeyes struggled with their own shooting and as a result found themselves down 5 to 7 points for most of the first half before they managed to trim their deficit to 25-21 heading into the locker room.  Considering the fact that OSU made only 4 first half field goals on 22 attempts, being down only 4 to a Bowling Green team that was 6 of 12 from beyond the three point line wasn’t too bad.

After Bowling Green stretched their lead to 37-28 just four minutes into the second half, Ohio State responded with seven straight points, bookended by layups by Moore, to pull within two points with fourteen and a half to go.  The Falcons responded though with a 12to 0 run of their own to stretch their lead to 49-35 just past the midpoint of the half.  The run proved to be a killer and the Buckeyes wouldn’t manage to get close than 8 the rest of the way as Bowling Green coasted to a 64-52 win.

After their dreadful first half shooting, Ohio State’s shooting improved to 31% in the second half and they went 3 of 7 from three point range; for the game the Buckeyes shot 25% from the field, 4 of 12 from beyond-the-arc.  Unfortunately Bowling Green’s shooting also improved in the second half, going from 36% to 54% from the field and improving from 6 of 12 to 6 of 9 from three point range; for the game the Falcons were 45% from the field and an amazing 57% from outside.

Ohio State again struggled to take care of the ball, committing 16 turnovers while only recording 5 assists; these turnovers led to 17 points for BGSU.  The Buckeyes did manage to turn 18 Falcon turnovers into 12 points but this wasn’t enough to overcome all their missed opportunities and Bowling Green’s good shooting.

One bright spot was that after struggling mightily from the free throw line against Georgia and VCU, the Buckeyes shot great from the charity stripe this weekend.  Against Bowling Green OSU went 24 of 26 from the line; they went 21 of 30 against Old Dominion and 10-10 against Marist.  The Buckeye’s free throw shooting was largely responsible for keeping them in this game for the first 30 minutes and while it wasn’t enough to get them the win, the remarkable improvement from a week ago shows that if McGuff and the team focus on improving an aspect of their game, they can do so with outstanding results.

Ameryst Alston led Ohio State with 15 points, doing most of her damage from the free throw line where she went 8 of 9.  Darryce Moore added 10 points of her own and grabbed 5 rebounds but was once again bothered by foul trouble.  Raven Ferguson added a nice spark off the bench, putting up 12 points and pulling down 6 rebounds.  Amy Scullion took advantage of her length to pull down 7 rebounds to go with her 7 points while Cait Craft hit a pair of three pointers to tallying 6 points of her own.

This loss is a huge disappointment for Ohio State.  While Bowling Green isn’t a bad team, they beat Michigan earlier this season and their only loss was to Marist, but OSU should have still been able to win this game.  Bowling Green and Marist have now clearly shown that the way to beat Ohio State is to attack from three point range as the Buckeyes struggle to close out on shooters quick enough. 

Today’s poor shooting only made matters worse for the Buckeyes.  OSU has shot the ball well most of the season so it is possible that today’s performance was just a one off thing or possibly due to the fatigue associated with a shorthanded team playing three games in three days.  However, bad shooting nights will happen and the team needs to learn that when those nights happen, the key is to pick up the intensity of defense and wait for good opportunities on offense.

Ohio State returns to action on Wednesday night when they host Lehigh at 7:00pm.  I suspect that the next two days will be very busy for the team with lots of film study and work on defense.  Hopefully the team will be able to improve their three point defense as well and as quickly as they improved their free throw shooting.

2 Comments

  1. NWLBNo Gravatar
    November 25th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    OSU isn’t a bad team, but there are no guaranteed victories against quality teams such as BGSU. The OSU coaches knew better but as often is the case, the players did not take an in-state team seriously. Anybody who follows women’s basketball seriously knew how good BGSU is and not simply this season or with the last two coaches.

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  2. KenNo Gravatar
    November 25th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Good work, Charles, thank you. The last three paragraphs nicely summed it up; BGSU shot very well and OSU didn’t shoot well at all. Lehigh is a very good shooting team, especially on the perimeter, so we’ll see what defensive adjustments have taken hold by then.

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