Tayler Hill led the Buckeyes with 21 points.
Nov. 14, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tayler Hill led three Buckeyes in double-figures with 21 points and five assists as No. 20/21 Ohio State defeated Cincinnati, 87-49, Wednesday in the home opener at Value City Arena. The win moves the Buckeyes to 1-1 on the young season while UC drops to 1-1 as well.
Amber Stokes and Raven Ferguson both chipped in with 16 apiece while Ashley Adams turned in a solid all-around performance with seven points, seven assists, 10 rebounds and three blocks in 27 minutes.
The Buckeyes fired out of the gates and led 42-21 at the half on the strength of 77.3 percent shooting from the floor. Mixing up their lineups throughout the game, Ohio State looked crisp on both ends of the floor, holding UC to 26.7 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes. Leading 30-17 with 5:34 left in the half, Ohio State went on a 12-4 run to close out the half.
The second half was more of the same as Ohio State continued its hot shooting from the field while the Bearcats never cut the lead to fewer than 21 points.
Dayeesha Hollins, a Michigan transfer, led Cincinnati with 15 points -- the only Bearcat in double-figures.
Ohio State's Darryce Moore scored seven points for the Buckeyes, Maleeka Kynard hit two three's off the bench for six points and Martina Ellerbe chipped in with five. All but two players who saw action scored.
Ohio State is back in action at 2 p.m. this Saturday when it takes on Winthrop at St. John Arena.
- In the all-time series, the Buckeyes improved to 16-3 against the Bearcats. Prior to the game Wednesday, the last meeting between the two teams was in 2001, a 61-60 Ohio State win in Columbus in the postseason WNIT.
- Ohio State improved to 52-6 all-time under head coach Jim Foster during the month of November.
- Since the start of the 2004-05 season, Ohio State has amassed a 133-9 record at home and a 118-8 record at Value City Arena (13-1 at St. John Arena, 2-0 at Nationwide Arena).
- Ohio State shot over 60 percent (67.3) from the field for the first time since 2009 (12/22 vs. Western Illinois).
- The Buckeyes owned a 52-20 advantage scoring in the paint.
- Ohio State has made at least one 3-pointer in 121 consecutive games.
- The Buckeyes have scored 70 or more points in Columbus during the regular season in 22 consecutive games.
- Senior guards Tayler Hill and Amber Stokes and sophomore guard Raven Ferguson combined for 53 points.
- Ferguson scored a career-high 16 points.
- Stokes tied her career high in points with 16.
- Junior center Ashley Adams distributed seven assists, a career best.
- Sophomore guard Shelbi Honeycutt tied a career high with three points.
Jim Foster Ohio State head coach
On the Buckeyes
"From day one I've liked this group. They're unselfish and can be a lot of things this season."
On Ohio State's defensive effort
"Our defense against Notre Dame was good and tonight's defense was very good. I think we're solid defensively at the guard position."
Amber Stokes, senior guard
On the game overall
"It felt better than the Notre Dame game from the beginning. The defense was good and everyone was getting their shots, so that makes for a fun game."
On her overall performance
"I thought my game was good, but it could have been better. We held Cincinnati back and our defense was solid. Everyone was helping each other out and we had one another's back and we kept a good rotation. I am proud of the way we played."
On the fast start
"It feels really good to get points on the board early and it also helps with the team focus. It is easy to do when you have teammates like Tayler (Hill) giving great passes.
Raven Ferguson, sophomore guard
On her overall performance
"I think my patience has really improved and it helps me wait for shots and find the right opportunities."
On how this season will be different
"We are such a faster team this year. With Amber and Tayler on the court, you need to be moving and keep the ball moving at all times."
Tayler Hill, senior guard
On the overall game
"According to the score I think tonight went really well. We rushed on the ball a little too much in the beginning, but that is something we can fix at practice."
On this year's team
"The team chemistry has been the best since I have been here. We all want to see one another play well and are very supportive of one another. We are very close and I think that shows on the court because we trust each other very much."
On being a playmaker
"It is easy to make more plays when we keep the ball rotating whereas last year we did a lot of dribbling and holding on to the ball. I think this year we will have more high scoring games and a wider variety of girls with assists because we are going to keep that ball moving."
Jamelle Elliott, Cincinnati head coach
On playing Ohio State
"This is my first time coming to this arena. You can tell they like playing at home. They play with confidence. They shot 77 percent from the floor and missed five shots. We didn't help ourselves by not being able to score at the other end. They had a chip on their shoulder and you could tell tonight."
On scouting Ohio State
"Early on it's hard to scout them. I wouldn't say it's easy to scout them. There are some guys we wanted to leave open to shoot the three, but everyone on that floor contributed. I think Jim [Foster] should be happy about that."
On Cincinnati's performance
"We try to fight. We haven't had the talent I've wanted to have yet, but we compete and we try to be prepared as best as we can. They were more talented than us. At the end of the day, the bottom line is they made more shots than us."
On Dayeesha Hollins
"She's our best player and it showed. She was taking some tough shots. Our challenge was she needed some help. We need to find a way to score more than 49 points."
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