Ohio State Outlasts Wyoming 65-50

Written November 25th, 2013 by Eric

The last time the Bucks played the Cowboys was in 1995, which resulted in a 72-65 loss on a “neutral” court in Wyoming. This time around, things turned out a little differently as the Buckeyes found their game in the last ten minutes to secure the 65-50 victory. Lenzelle Smith Jr. led all scorers with 20 points, including 5-8 shooting the three, and 8 rebounds. Amir Williams joined him in double digits with 12 points, and earned his second double double with 16 rebounds, while Aaron Craft scored 10. Larry Nance Jr. scored 17 to lead his team, and was the only Cowboy to score double digits.

The game started with high energy play from both teams. Wyoming demonstrated good patience in attacking the Buckeye defense. Repeatedly they found gaping holes in the defense, giving them uncontested paths to an easy layup. They also had no trouble finding open looks at the basket. Considering OSU was still playing a high energy defense, it was an impressive start.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they walked straight into a hot shooting OSU team. Shannon Scott and Lenzelle Smith both launched buckets from beyond the arc and hit their first three straight. Amir Williams also started particularly well down low. Williams scooped up two offensive rebounds and managed to put them both back for points.

After the first four minutes, the teams settled into play a little and began to methodically probe each other’s defenses. Wyoming’s guards turned out to be the winners here, effectively drawing the defense and taking advantage of the pass to find easy looks. The Buckeyes began to struggle to find good looks at the basket at the same time, giving Wyoming the perfect opportunity to close the gap on the scoreboard.

Thad Matta wasn’t going to simply let Wyoming have their way with his defense. A quick adjustment was all that was necessary to head the Cowboys off at the pass. The next time Wyoming ran their play to open up the OSU defense for the dribble drive, Aaron Craft rotated under the basket to be in position to defend it. Other adjustments helped to shut down the Wyoming offense while the Buckeyes went on a 8-2 run, opening up a double digit lead.
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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.

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Game Preview: Wyoming Cowboys

Written November 24th, 2013 by Ken

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Here we are, rolling into The Holidays and our beloved Buckeye basketballers are at 4-0 after being ‘un-Patriot-ic’ by weathering a brick-fest to defeat the American University Eagles. After disposing of the Eagles on Wednesday, the Buckeyes get to dust off another American icon, the Cowboys of Wyoming. Why does Thad hate this country?

Here’s a profile on University of Wyoming.

School: University of Wyoming (the other U-Dub)

Location: Laramie, WY

Founded: 1886

Student Population: 13,800

School Type: Public, coed

Division: D-I

Conference: Mountain West

Arena: Arena-Auditorium

Seating: 15,000

Built: 1982

Head Coach: Larry Shyatt (Coach Shyatt is an alum of College of Wooster ’73)

Year: 4th

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Ohio State Rallies for 62-59 Win Over Marist

Written November 23rd, 2013 by Charles

It may be blurry but its also beautiful; Ameryst Alston with the shot that led to the game winning 'and 1'.

It may be blurry but its also beautiful; Ameryst Alston with the shot that led to the game winning ‘and 1′.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team didn’t get much of a break after their win over Old Dominion last night in the first game of the Hall-Of-Fame Challenge as the Buckeyes faced the Marist Red Foxes in the second game of the challenge.  Fans of OSU women’s basketball probably remember Marist as the team that upset the Buckeyes in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA tournament and I at least was looking for revenge.

Ohio State opened the scoring with a Darryce Moore layup on the first possession but things slowed down for the Buckeyes from there and they found themselves in a 10-6 hole five minutes into the game.  A pair of layups by Raven Ferguson and then a layup by Ashley Adams gave the Buckeyes the lead back 12-10 but the Red Foxes responded with a 7 to 0 run to go up 17-12 with eight minutes remaining in the half.  The two teams went back and forth from there with Marist extending their lead to 30-20 with just under two minutes to go.  OSU put on a great performance in the final twenty seconds of the half though, getting an old fashioned three point play from Ashley Adams, forcing a turnover, and then closing the half with a Martina Ellerbe layup that cut the Marist lead to 30-25 as the two teams went into the locker rooms.  The key difference between the two teams in the first half was the outside shooting, Marist was on fire from beyond the arc and that gave them the lead even though they shot pretty much the same overall as Ohio State.

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Ohio State Drops Old Dominion

Written November 22nd, 2013 by Ken

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The Buckeyes hosted the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs in the 1st round of the Hall of Fame Challenge. This is the first of three consecutive games for these teams, so this Challenge will prove a good mental and physical test.

Battling early game turnovers, Ohio State got off to a bit of a slow start with 3 early giveaways.  The Buckeyes did a good job of beating the OD press, but had trouble with the entry passes to the post. OSU improved their status at the under-12 timeout by pulling ahead 13-12, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Maleeka Kynard. OSU had been working on using their superior height by running a double high post involving Ashley Adams and Martina Ellerbe. At the 8:14 mark, a trey by Ameryst Alston push the score to 22-14. McGuff has a well conceived game plan with the double-high. When the feed pass when into one post player, the other broke to the basket for a pass. Nicely planned.

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Pregame Glances: Hall of Fame Challenge

Written November 21st, 2013 by Ken

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We are four games into Coach Kevin McGuff’s era, and so far I’m happy with the results. As Charles pointed out, there are still a couple things to work out, but considering it’s a new coach with a new system and a short-handed team, so far, so good, I think.

This coming weekend will be an interesting experience for this team, as the Buckeyes host a three-day round-robin as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge. Ohio State will play consecutive days against Old Dominion, Marist and Bowling Green on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. After a non HoF game against Lehigh (in Columbus) on November 27th, the Buckeyes go to Springfield MA to square off against the UConn Huskies. No one said that it would be easy..

In addition to providing Ohio State’s roster, I’ll also provide brief profiles and rosters for Old Dominion, Marist and Bowling Green.

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Pregame Glance: American University

Written November 19th, 2013 by Ken
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We’re all Americans..

The 2013-2014 basketball season is under way and our Ohio State Buckeyes are sitting at 3-0 after riding a very good 2nd half to defeat host Marquette University. Now, the #8 Buckeyes host the American University Eagles out of the Patriot League this coming Wednesday. Saturday it was The Golden Eagles, on Wednesday it will just be the Eagles. Feasting on raptors…

 

Here’s a profile on American University.

School: American University

Location: Washington, DC

Founded: 1893

Student Population: 7,299

School Type: Private

Division: FCS

Conference: Patriot Conference

Arena: Bender Arena

Seating: 4,500

Built: 1988

Head Coach: Mike Brennan

Year: 1st

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Ohio State Suffers First Loss of Season 53-49 to Georgia

Written November 17th, 2013 by Charles

The Buckeye defense kept them in the game but wasn't enough to secure the win.

The Buckeye defense kept them in the game but wasn’t enough to secure the win.

After getting off to a 3-0 start, the Ohio State women’s basketball team faced its toughest test on the season with a trip to #22 Georgia.  The Bulldogs made the Elite Eight last season and are replacing several starters but still are a tough team that has become NCAA tournament regulars.  Injuries, suspensions, graduations, and a decision to transfer had left Ohio State short handed this season; the Buckeyes haven’t had more than 8 healthy players for any of their games so far.  Fortunately things were a bit better today as guard Raven Ferguson returned to the team after serving a three game suspension for violating team rules.

Ohio State got things started the right way, scoring the first seven points in the game and limiting Georgia to only three shot attempts, all misses, in the opening three minutes.  The Bulldogs finally got on the board thanks to a free throw that then sparked a 12 to 2 run to give Georgia a 12-9 lead eight minutes into the opening half.  The Buckeyes answered right back with back-to-back three pointers from Ameryst Alston followed by a three pointer by Amy Scullion which put OSU back on top 18-12 at the midpoint of the half.  The rest of the half would be a tight, back and forth affair with Georgia repeatedly cutting the OSU lead to 1 point.  Fortunately the Buckeyes responded each time and went into halftime with a 33-29 lead.

Georgia came out strong to start the second half while the Buckeyes looked flat; OSU failed to score for the first six and a half minutes of the second period while the Bulldogs scored 11 unanswered to take a 40-33 lead.  When OSU finally got on the board thanks to a pair of free throws, they then followed those with three pointers by Maleeka Kynard and Scullion as part of an 8 to 3 run that cut the Bulldog lead to 43-41 at the midpoint of the half.  Neither team was able to have much luck scoring from that point and with just under a minute and a half remaining in the game, Ohio State found themselves down 53-47.  A pair of Ameryst Alston free throws followed by a steal by Kynard seemed to give the Buckeyes a chance but OSU promptly turned the ball over and were forced to foul.  The Bulldogs missed the front end of the one-and-one and the Buckeyes grabbed the rebound but were unable to score as Georgia hung on for the 53-49 win.

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