Ohio State Upsets No. 17/19 Purdue, 89-78, to Begin B1G Play

Ameryst Alston scored 19 points in the win over No. 17 Purdue Thursday night
Ameryst Alston scored 19 points in the win over No. 17 Purdue Thursday night

Jan. 2, 2014

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he Ohio State women’s basketball team posted an 89-78 upset win over No. 17/19 Purdue Thursday night at Value City Arena to begin Big Ten play. The win marked the first Big Ten victory for McGuff as the Buckeyes improved to 11-6 overall and 1-0 in conference action.

“Every night, you’re going to play a well-prepared team and it’s going to be a challenge,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “It’s a great league for women’s basketball and hopefully we continue to be better, so we meet these challenges head on. I thought our defense was good, but more importantly, we took turnovers and turned them into points.”

Offensively, the Buckeyes had five players post double-digit points led by Martina Ellerbe and Ameryst Alston with 19 points each followed by Cait Craft with 15 points and Darryce Moore with 14 points, respectively. Ashley Adams also helped out off the bench with 10 points vs. the Boilermakers.

“If you’re going to beat a terrific team like Purdue, you’re going to have to make shots and we did,” said McGuff.

The Scarlet and Gray also controlled the boards throughout the entire contest, outrebounding the Boilermakers, 38-29,  while collecting a 25-16 lead in points off turnovers. Moore had eight rebounds, while Ellerbe had seven and Adams notched six.

The Buckeyes boasted a 16-point lead twice in the contest after Ferguson hit a free throw at 7:25 and a layup at 3:46 in the second half, respectively. Ohio State held onto a double-digit lead for the final nine minutes of competition after Purdue secured a 39-37 lead at half.  

Ohio State went on a 7-0 run vs. the Boilermakers to begin the second half. Ohio State collected a nine-point lead after Ellerbe scored her 19th point on a three-ball at 12:06 to make it 59-50 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray. Back-to-back layups by Moore and a free throw by Ferguson pushed the home team’s lead to 12 with 8:12 to go in the second half. The squad continued to extend its lead following Craft’s fourth three-pointer of then night – a career-best for the sophomore guard. Alston scored seven of her 19 points in the final three minutes of regulation to seal the big win.

In the first half, it was a back-and-forth battle to begin action vs. the Boilermakers with nine lead changes. Ellerbe posted 10 points followed by Craft with nine, who shot 3-for-4 from three-point land. Alston, Moore and Adams each collected six points vs. the Boilermakers in the opening session. Defensively, the Scarlet and Gray forced 10 turnovers, while outrebounding Purdue, 22-15. Moore led the way with five boards, while the Buckeyes had a 7-1 advantage in second-chance points.

Ohio State will next play Michigan at 5 p.m. Sunday at Value City Arena. The contest will be broadcasted on BTN.