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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Michigan ended Ohio State's perfect season, adding more fuel to the rivalry.

Sorry for the very late posting of this article, I was traveling for a conference yesterday and did not a get chance to write this until now.

After never losing to Michigan during the first 8 years of his stay at Ohio State, Jim Foster has seen the rivalry take a turn for the worse.  The Wolverines swept the Buckeyes last season, helping to end OSU’s streak of Big Ten titles.  Yesterday the Buckeyes headed to Ann Arbor looking for some revenge, however things did not go as planned.

The first half was a great back and forth battle with several lead changes and even more ties.  Ohio State lead 26-25 with just over three minutes remaining in the half but Michigan went on a 7 to 0 run over the next three minutes and the two teams went into the locker room with the Wolverines leading 32-27.  Michigan carried that momentum into the second half by opening with an 11 to 3 run that gave them a 43-30 lead with just under fourteen minutes remaining in the game.  The Buckeyes managed to end the run but Michigan kept building its lead, eventually being up 56-37 with nine minutes left on the clock.  Ohio State looked like they were about to get run out of the building but suddenly managed to step up their defense as the scored 9 straight to cut the lead to 56-46 and make it a game again.  The Wolverines quickly stretched the lead back to 14 but the Buckeyes answered and cut the lead to 62-57 with three minutes remaining in the game.  Suddenly Ohio State seemed to have the momentum and looked like they were going to pull off another one of their comeback victories.  Unfortunately things did not work out that way as Ohio State’s offense turned cold again and Michigan managed to salt the game away with free throws, winning 73-62 and handing OSU its first loss of the season.

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#8 Ohio State Overcomes Early Deficit to Beat Iowa 84-71

Written January 2nd, 2012 by Charles

Samantha Prahalis battled Iowa pressure to score a season high 30 points.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team started of 2012 with the worst scheduled Big Ten home opener this afternoon as they hosted Iowa in a game that overlapped with the Gator Bowl. Fortunately a decent sized crowd showed up to support the team as they looked to continue the best start in program history.

The two teams opened the game going back and forth but Iowa then put together an early run of six straight to open a 9-4 lead. Ohio State responded and trimmed the Iowa lead to 11-8 but the Hawkeyes quickly re-extended the lead to 22-12 with thirteen minutes remaining in the half. Iowa was able to build the double-digit lead thanks to poor perimeter defense by the Buckeyes allowing them open looks. The Buckeyes added to their early problems by doing a poor job of rebounding on both ends of the floor. The Hawkeye offense began to cool off a bit at this point but so did the Buckeye offense and Iowa managed to extend its lead to 37-22 with five and half minutes to go in the half. With the game looking like it may get away from them, Ohio State found a spark and used some nice three-point shooting from Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis to close the half on a 17 to 3 run. While Ohio State still went into the half down 40-39, their first halftime deficit of the season, the late run got them right back into the game and got the crowd going.

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#11 Ohio State Opens Big Ten Play 77-61 Over Wisconsin

Written December 30th, 2011 by Charles

Pressue like this could not stop Samantha Prahalis from posting a double-double.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team went undefeated through the non-conference portion of their schedule to get off to the best start in program history. Getting off to a start like that is always impressive but it is even more impressive as the achievement is even more impressive as the Buckeyes did it against a difficult schedule while adjusting to the graduation of the most prolific scorer and rebounder in program history. After a week off for Christmas, the Buckeyes returned to action tonight, opening the Big Ten portion of their schedule with a trip to Madison.

Ohio State jumped out a quick 5-0 lead but Wisconsin quickly tied the game with a pair of baskets. The Buckeyes responded by scoring seven unanswered to open up a 12-5 lead four minutes into the game. The fast pace of the game continued as the two teams began trading baskets with the Badgers slowly chipping away at the Buckeye lead before taking a 27-26 lead with five minutes remaining in the half. Ohio State took the lead right back thanks to a Tayler Hill three-pointer which ignited an 8 to 0 run that gave the Buckeyes a 34-27 lead. Wisconsin was not impressed though as they came right back with a 10 to 2 run to take a 37-36 lead with under a minute to go before halftime. A pair of free throws by freshman Maleeka Kynard gave Ohio State back the lead, 38-37, which is where the score stood as the two teams went into the locker room.

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Tayler Hill became the 30th Ohio State player to score 1,000 points in her career.Tonight’s game against Washington State marked the end on the non-conference portion of the Ohio State women’s basketball schedule. After seeing the departure of Brittany Johnson, last season’s best three-point shooter, and Jantel Lavender, leading scorer and rebounder in program history, at the end of last season, there were justifiably a lot of questions surrounding this year’s team. With the team having to adjust to the loss of those two key starters and facing a difficult schedule, many people expected the team to struggle a bit and go through some growing pains, as was reflected by OSU opening the season unranked for the first time in years. Fortunately the team did not listen to those questions and instead put together the best start in program history, entering tonight 12-0 and ranked #11/13 in the country. Tonight’s game against Washington State would be yet another test for the Buckeyes as the Cougars, despite their 6-5 record, were a good team that had already faced three ranked teams on the year, two of which they player very tightly, losing by 2 points to 24th ranked Gonzaga and by 4 to 14th ranked Louisville.

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#11 Ohio State Crushes Southern Utah 88-50

Written December 20th, 2011 by Charles

Jim Foster now has 150 home victories in Columbus, 248 total victories with OSU.Ohio State women’s basketball coach Jim Foster has said several times this season that college students have all the energy in the world and the schedule that he has put together this season seems designed to test the validity of that statement. After playing three games in one week around Thanksgiving, the Buckeyes are currently in the middle of an even busier stretch of their schedule as today’s game against Southern Utah was their third game in four days, a stretch that also included a red eye flight home from California.

Ohio State looked sluggish to open the game, likely a result of their busy schedule, and found themselves trailing Southern Utah 9-4 four minutes into the game. The Buckeyes started to turn things over the next four minutes, finally tying the game at 13. The Thunderbirds briefly retook the look before a Samantha Prahalis jumper and a Tayler Hill three-pointer gave Ohio State an 18-15 lead with eleven and half remaining in the first. After another three-pointer by Hill, the two teams began to trade baskets; Southern Utah twice cut the OSU lead to four points but with six and half minutes remaining until intermission, Ohio State led 30-23. At this point the Buckeyes put together eight unanswered points to take control of the game. The Thunderbirds ended the Buckeye run with a layup with two minutes to go but neither team managed to score again in the half and Ohio State held a 38-25 lead as the two teams went into the locker rooms.

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#11 Ohio State Rolls Over Charlotte 88-58

Written December 19th, 2011 by Charles

Samantha Prahalis moved into 4th place on the Big Ten's career assists list as OSU won easily.I start this recap with an apology for not posting a recap of the women’s basketball game against California on Saturday as I ended up in Chicago that day without internet access and a dead cell phone battery. The trip to face the Golden Bears in Berkley proved to be an eventful one for the Buckeyes who survived a late rally, and three potentially game tying shots in the final 10 seconds, to hang onto a 77-75 victory. Cal is a great rebounding team and they took advantage of Ohio State’s weakness on the boards by out-rebounding the Buckeyes 43 to 25. Still the Buckeyes once again found a way to win a close game, once again showing a toughness that had been rare for this program in recent years. The win was a significant milestone for coach Jim Foster who recorded his 750th career win.

Today the Buckeyes faced Charlotte in a rare Monday afternoon game; the game originally was a normal evening game but the 49ers had messed up with the scheduling of their return flight, setting it to take-off before the game would have been over. Even after the game was rescheduled so that the Charlotte team could actually be there the whole time, this game did not present nearly as big of a challenge to the Buckeyes as Saturday’s game did. The biggest question was how much energy would OSU have after taking a red eye flight back from California on Saturday and having only one day to recover. That question was quickly answered as the Buckeyes built a 27-14 lead by the midway point of the first half, then they really turned it on, scoring 17 straight points over the next five minutes to widen the lead to 44-14. Ohio State then coasted into the half with a 46-24 advantage.

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#12 Ohio State Demolishes Southern University 83-49

Written December 13th, 2011 by Charles

Tayler Hill's scoring has helped Ohio State off to its best start in 11 years.After climbing to 12th and 14th in the polls, the Ohio State women’s basketball team faced Southern University tonight in the second straight easy game for the Buckeyes after surviving a tough three game stretch two weeks ago.  Despite the mismatch in talent, the game did pose a challenge for the Buckeyes, could they keep up their intensity and focus for another easy opponent?

Ohio State opened the scoring as Darryce Moore, starting for the second straight games, made a pair of free throws but Southern quickly hit a basket to tie it up.  The Buckeyes then went on a 17-2 run to take a lead that they would never again relinquish.  OSU extended their lead to 26-6 just past the halfway point of the half.  The Jaguars responded by hitting a three-pointer and then an inside jumper to cut the lead to 15, the closest that they would get.  Ohio State kept building its lead and the Buckeyes went into the locker room leading 44-24.

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