Athletics Good Stuff November 27 - December 3, 2012
Dec. 4, 2012
Athletes of the Week
Women's basketball senior guard Tayler Hill averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 48 percent from the field as Ohio State went 1-1 last week. In a three-point loss at No. 22 UNC, Hill scored a game-high 24 points, hitting four 3FGs while dishing out four assists. She also went over the 1,500 career point mark in the process. In the win over Evansville, Hill scored 20 points and dished out four more assists in just 29 minutes as the Buckeyes improved to 5-2.
Men's hockey senior goalie Brady Hjelle allowed just one goal in two wins at Michigan State (.50 gaa), stopping 53-of-54 shots for a .981 save percentage. Named CCHA Goaltender of the Week for the second-consecutive week and third time this season, Hjelle has a 1.23 goals-against average and .957 save percentage on the year, ranking second in the NCAA and first in the CCHA in both categories. He is also tied for third nationally with three shutouts. Hjelle leads the CCHA with a .59 goals-against average and .978 save percentage in conference play, allowing four goals in six starts and seven games played.
No. 7 Men's Basketball (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten) Head Coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State fell to No. 2 Duke, 73-68, Wednesday night (Nov. 28) in the seventh meeting between the teams at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Junior forward Deshaun Thomas scored 16 points for the Buckeyes while junior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 11 points each.
With his team-high 16 points, Thomas passed 1,000 points for his Ohio State career (81 games).
Sophomore center Amir Williams grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in the loss while sophomore forward Sam Thompson collected a career-high eight rebounds.
The Buckeyes defeated Northern Kentucky, 70-43, Saturday (Dec. 1) at Value City Arena.
LaQuinton Ross scored a career-high 22 points and collected a career-high eight rebounds, while Thomas added 14 points and Thompson scored 10 for the Scarlet & Gray.
Craft recorded four steals against the Norse, a season high. He now has 181 for his career, good for No. 3 all-time in Ohio State history.
Ohio State returns to action Saturday, Dec. 8 against Savannah State at Value City Arena. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m.
No. 20 Women's Basketball (5-2, 0-0 Big Ten) Head Coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State fell to No. 22 North Carolina, 57-54, Wednesday night (Nov. 28) at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Senior guard Tayler Hill led all scorers with 24 points to reach 1,500 points for her career. Hill became the 14th Buckeye to score at least 1,500 points.
Ohio State defeated Michigan State, 1-0, Friday (Nov. 30) at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich.
Sophomore Ryan Dzingel scored the third-period game winning goal. Dzingel has a team-best three game winning goals (tying for third nationally) and six tallies on the year and is on a seven-game point streak with four goals, six assists and 10 points.
Senior goalie Brady Hjelle had 31 saves for his third shutout of the season.
Hjelle currently leads the CCHA with a .59 goals-against average and .978 save percentage in conference play, allowing four goals in six starts and seven games played. He has been the first star in all six of his league starts.
The Buckeyes returned to the ice Saturday (Dec. 1), sweeping the series with a 3-1 win over Michigan State.
Freshman Tyler Lundey scored two goals including the game winner, while sophomore Tanner Fritz tied the game for the Buckeyes at 6:50 mark in the second period.
Ohio State will play three of its next four games in Columbus to close the first half of the season. The squad will open a home-and-home series vs. Robert Morris at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Value City Arena before the teams meet in Pittsburgh Saturday. Dec. 14-15, the Buckeyes will host Miami in a two-game CCHA series in Value City Arena.
Ohio State traveled to The Citadel Dec. 1-2, competing against the Bulldogs and the Virginia Military Institute.
The Buckeyes came away with wins in four of the five events, winning both open and women's aggregates.
Senior Blake Reburn took first place in free pistol with a 531, while junior Aaron Tourigny took first place in open air with a 558 and junior Joe Totts broke the school away match record with a first place finish in standard pistol (563).
In women's competition, junior Kim Hullings took first place in both women's air pistol (357) and women's sport pistol (552).
Ohio State now heads into the winter offseason; the Buckeyes return to action at the Camp Perry Open in Camp Perry, Ohio, Jan. 12-13.
Ohio State competed at the U.S. Winter Air Rifle Championships Nov. 30 - Dec. 2.
Sophomore Greg Hagar advanced to his first final round this season and led the Buckeyes in overall aggregate scoring. After firing a 100.3 in the final, Hagar finished seventh in the Junior category. He posted a 580 and a 577, respectively, on the second and third days of competition.
Junior Daniel Chapman posted scores of 573, 575 and 571 over three days of competition while freshman Alexander Kimura finished 566, 572 and 569 in his third appearance as a Buckeye and senior Maxwell Snyderman fired 568, 568 and 580 throughout the weekend.
For the women's team, sophomore Megan Polonsky led the team in aggregate scoring, firing scores of 386, 386 and 387 respectively while junior Amanda Luoma excelled on the second and third days in competition firing a 389 and 387.
Senior Amanda Furrer rounded out the Buckeye competition. The 2012 Olympian fired a 393 on the first day earning a spot in the final round. After firing a 99.8 in the final, Furrer finished seventh overall for the day. She followed with a 388 and 391 on the second and third days respectively.
The Winter Rifle Championships marked the last competition before the Buckeyes head into their winter offseason. They will return to action at the Camp Perry Open in Camp Perry, Ohio, Jan. 12-13, 2013.
No. 10 Men's Swimming and Diving Head Coach: Bill Wadley
Ohio State posted its fourth-consecutive championship at the Ohio State Invitational with 1,306 points, claiming the title by a 300-point margin of victory.
The team won 10 of the 18 swimming races over the three days with six different Buckeyes registering an individual win or wins and six Buckeyes a part of a victorious relay team or teams.
Junior Shane Miszkiel, a three-time Big Ten Diver of the Week this past fall, won the platform finals with a total score of 363.10.
The Buckeyes posted the fastest time in the country to date in the 200-yard freestyle as seniors Jason Schnur, Zach Birnbrich, Zach Holmes and redshirt-junior Tim Phillips notched a meet record with a time of 1:17.84.
In the 500 freestyle, junior Alex Miller claimed the second fastest time in the country to date at 4:19.51 to win the event.
Ohio State won the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational Saturday (Dec. 1) at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second consecutive year.
The Buckeyes collected 124.5 points and boasted six Top 4 finishes.
Redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber, a 133-pounder, posted four pins en route to the final where he recorded a 12-1 major decision over No. 2 Nathan McCormick. Stieber was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Sophomore Hunter Stieber, won the 141-pound title after a five-match effort that included a fall and major decision in the preliminary rounds. In the championship bout, Stieber downed No. 2 Michael Mangrum of Oregon State, 9-6.
Ohio State returns to action when it hosts No. 23 Kent State at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series vs. the Golden Flashes, 12-6, including a 22-15 win in Kent, Ohio, last season.
Ohio State opened the 2012 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-17) win over Notre Dame Friday (Nov. 30) in Lexington, Ky.
The Buckeye offense powered the team as it finished with a season-best .512 attack percentage.
Junior Kaitlyn Leary paced the Scarlet & Gray with a career-best .842 attack percentage, totaling 16 kills on 19 attempts with no errors. Senior Mari Hole totaled 14 kills while classmates Mariah Booth and Emily Danks had nine and eight kills, respectively.
Defensively, junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore notched her 30th double-digit dig performance of the season with a match-best 13 digs. Leary added seven for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes closed out the season with a 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 15-25, 18-25) loss to 16th-seeded Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Memorial Coliseum on the University of Kentucky campus.
Hole picked up her 18th double-double of the season with a match-high 18 kills and 12 digs, while Leary totaled 14 kills and Booth had nine.
DiSalvatore collected her 31st double-digit dig match with 16, while Booth and classmate Amanda Peterson had four blocks.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
12.4.12 - 12.18.12
Friday, Dec. 7
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Robert Morris, 7:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena
Fencing vs. Div 1 NAC, All Day
Saturday, Dec. 8
Men's Basketball vs. Long Beach State, 12:00 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena