Despite an emotional performance from Samantha Prahalis, Nebraska was too much for the Buckeyes today.

After beating Michigan yesterday, Ohio State’s faced Nebraska in today’s Big Ten Tournament semi-final game.  The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers split their regular season meetings with Ohio State winning in Columbus back in January and Nebraska winning in Lincoln to close the regular season.  In their second meeting Nebraska had considerable success attacking the paint while their smothering defense frustrated the Buckeyes.

The game started off as a defensive battle with neither offense getting a lot of breathing room however Ohio State slowly managed to build a 10-2 lead over the first six and a half minutes.  The two teams slowly began trading baskets but the Buckeyes managed to extend their lead to 21-8 with just over seven minutes remaining in the half.  Nebraska had struggled to hit shots so far but that couldn’t last forever and the Cornhuskers got hot as they traded three-pointers with Ohio State before scoring 16 straight to take a 27-24 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the half.  OSU finally ended the run with a Samantha Prahalis jumper but they could not stop Nebraska.  To make matters worse, Prahalis had a flashback to her old lack of emotional control and earned a technical foul after dropping the f-bomb while complaining about the lack of a call.  Even more concerning than Prahalis’s emotional slip was that she was limping the final minutes of the half as Nebraska extended their lead slightly to go into the locker room up 36-30.

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Revenge in Indy, Ohio State Defeats Michigan 57-48

Written March 2nd, 2012 by Charles

Samantha Prahalis making yet another amazing pass, one that helped her set the Big Ten career assists record today.

March is here and that means it is tournament time. The Ohio State women’s basketball team began their defense of their three straight Big Ten Tournament titles by facing Michigan today, the seventh seeded Wolverines had beaten tenth seeded Illinois yesterday while the second seeded Buckeyes had enjoyed a first round bye. Michigan entered this game having won three straight against Ohio State and the Buckeyes were undoubtedly looking for revenge.

The game got off to a slow start but Ohio State managed to build an early 7-2 lead in the first two minutes of the game. Michigan was playing for their NCAA tournament lives and responded with 10 straight points to take a 12-7 lead with thirteen minutes remaining in the half. A 7 to 2 run by the Buckeyes tied the game at 14 but the Wolverines took an 18-16 lead a couple minutes later. OSU responded with 7 unanswered to take a 23-18 lead with three minutes left on the clock. Michigan trimmed that lead to only three and the Buckeyes headed into the locker room with a 25-22 lead.

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Samantha Prahalis Named Big Ten Player of the Year

Written February 27th, 2012 by Charles

Senior guard Samantha Prahalis was named Big Ten Player of the Year!

Today the Big Ten announced its annual women’s basketball awards and Ohio State did very well for itself.  The top headline was Samantha Prahalis being named Big Ten Player of the Year by both the coaches and the media.  Prahalis led the conference in assists, 6.5 per game, and her 20.4 points per game put her second in the conference in that category.  Prahalis has 889 assists in her career and is only four away from becoming the Big Ten’s all-time leader in that category.  This is the 8th straight year that a Buckeye has been named Player of the Year, an incredible run for the program.

Prahalis was not the only Buckeye to take home an award.  Junior guard Amber Stokes was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.  Stokes typically drew the assignment of guarding the oppositing team’s top scoring threat and she excelled at it.  Her quick hands routinely generated steals which often turned into easy fast break points and even when she didn’t get a steal, Stokes applied high pressure which normally took her target out of her game.  Stokes was a key reason that Ohio State held opponents to 38% shooting on the year.  This is the fourth time a Buckeye has won this award and the first time since 2009.

Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis were both named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media.  Ashley Adams was given an honorable mention honor by the media, the coaches do not do honorable mention.  The coaches name an All-Defensive team and both Stokes and Hill earned honors on that list.  Congratulations to all the Buckeyes who took home awards.

#14 Ohio State Upset by #23 Nebraska 71-57

Written February 26th, 2012 by Charles

Nebraska was just too tough for Ohio State today as the Cornhuskers handed the Buckeyes their 5th loss of the season.

Ohio State traveled to Lincoln today hoping to head into conference play on a winning streak and improve their seeding for the NCAA tournament.  The Buckeyes had already locked up their spot in the conference but a win on the road against a ranked team would be a big statement for a team that has struggled down the stretch.

Ohio State jumped out to an early 8-4 lead as Samantha Prahalis scored the first 5 points for the Buckeyes.  Nebraska came right back with a 9 to 2 run to take a 13-10 lead.  The Buckeyes briefly retook the lead thanks to five straight points but then the Cornhuskers went on an 18 to 1 run to take a 31-16 lead with six minutes remaining in the half.  During that stretch the Buckeye offense looked rattled and they could do nothing defensively to prevent the Cornhuskers from attacking inside.  A pair of Tayler Hill free throws broke the Nebraska run and ignited a 6 to 0 mini-run for Ohio State which cut the Cornhusker lead back to single digits, 31-22.  The two teams began trading baskets for the rest of the half with Ohio State getting the lead down to 6 but Nebraska scored the last four points of the half to head into the locker room up 39-29.

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Penn State's frontcourt was just too tough for the Buckeyes to handle tonight.

When ESPN selected tonight’s game between Ohio State and Penn State to be one of their Monday night games before the season started, people may have questioned why they would have chosen a matchup between the preseason conference favorite Nittany Lions and a Buckeye squad that was not picked to finish in the top four of the Big Ten.  Now that decision looks like a brilliant one as tonight’s game featured a showdown between the two teams atop the conference standings and the top two offensive teams in the Big Ten.

The game opened as expected with both teams trading baskets while playing at a high tempo.  Penn State features a talented group of guards but took a page out of Minnesota’s playbook by attacking inside.  With the game tied at 9 the inside attack started paying dividends as not only where the Nittany Lions making baskets, they were drawing fouls, igniting a 9 to 0 run to give Penn State an 18-9 lead six and half minutes into the game.  The Buckeyes finally got their offense going but they couldn’t stop the Penn State attack for more than a possession or two at a time.  OSU got the Penn State lead down to five at one point and to four at another point but both times the Nittany Lions came roaring back to quickly extend the lead.  After the Buckeyes pulled to within four, 28-24, with seven minutes remaining, Penn State promptly went on 13 to 2 run to extend their lead to 41-26 with just under two to go.  That margin survived the rest of the half and Penn State went into the locker room with a 45-30 lead.

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No Prahalis, No Problem. #9 Ohio State Beats Indiana 75-54

Written February 16th, 2012 by Charles

Tayler Hill wasn't going to let anything as simple as a foul stop her from having an amazing shooting night, going 7 of 8 from three point land.

After pulling off an impressive rally to beat Purdue on Sunday, the Ohio State women’s basketball team hosted Indiana.  While the Hoosiers are in last place in the Big Ten, having yet to win a conference game, the Buckeyes found themselves facing a tougher test than expected when it was announced that senior point guard Samantha Prahalis would be unable to play tonight due to an illness, freshman guard Raven Ferguson got the start in her place.

The game got off to a slow start and Ohio State led 5-4 three minutes into the game before the Buckeyes kicked their offense into gear, scoring thirteen straight to take an 18-4 lead with just under thirteen minutes remaining in the half.  The two teams began exchanging baskets at that point and the Buckeyes led 30-14 with five and a half to go.  The Hoosiers weren’t ready to give up though, scoring 7 straight to cut the OSU lead back to single digits, 30-21, with two and a half to go.  The teams traded baskets for the rest of the half and they headed to the locker room with Ohio State leading 34-27.

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#10 Ohio State Earns Big Win Over #16 Purdue, 80-71

Written February 12th, 2012 by Charles

Defensive specialist Amber Stokes came up huge on the offensive end today to help Ohio State rally to beat Purdue.

After suffering a disappointing upset loss at Illinois on Thursday where they had trouble with turnovers, the Buckeyes looked to get back on the winning track as they hosted 16th ranked and conference leading Purdue.  Today was the annual breast cancer awareness day which has been re-branded from ‘Think Pink’ to ‘Play for Kay’ in honor of former North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow who passed away in 2009 after her third re-occurrence of breast cancer.  The big game and the important cause being supported today helped draw approximately 8,800 fans to the game, the largest crowd of the season.

The game opened exactly as expected for a matchup of two top 20 teams as Ohio State and Purdue went back and forth for the first 9 minutes of the game.  Neither team could build more than a three point lead and with eleven minutes left in the half the Buckeyes lead 22-20.  The Boilermakers defense had been harassing the Buckeyes all half and really clamped down at this point, keying an 11 to 2 run that game Purdue a 31-24 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the half.  OSU finally got their offense going again but they couldn’t come up with defensive stops and Purdue went into halftime leading 37-31.

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Illinois Upsets #10 Ohio State 66-65

Written February 9th, 2012 by Charles

Despite a great performance from Ashley Adams, Ohio State came up short at Illinois.

After getting back to winning by defeating Wisconsin on Monday night, the Ohio State women’s basketball team headed to Urbana-Champaign tonight to face Illinois.  Even though the Illini only had 2 conference wins coming into tonight, they are a much better team that their record suggests.  They have been in almost every Big Ten game they’ve played and gave the Buckeyes a stiff test in Columbus a few weeks ago.

Ohio State got out to an early 10-6 lead with just less than four minutes having run off the clock but Illinois quickly showed that they are better than their record as they scored 12 straight to take an 18-10 lead with just over twelve minutes remaining in the half.  The next two and half minutes saw the Buckeyes attack the inside and go on an 8 to 3 run to cut the Illini lead to 21-18.  Illinois extended the lead back to 8 only to have OSU come right back and cut the lead to 26-24 with just under seven minutes left on the clock.  The Illini would stretch the lead back to 8 but the Buckeyes cut into that a little right before the end of the half, sending the two teams in the intermission with Illinois holding a 34-29 lead.

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