Alston Powers Buckeyes To 113-97 Victory Over St. Francis
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior guard Ameryst Alston led an Ohio State offensive outburst on Sunday which was needed to get by St. Francis 113-97.
The Buckeyes, who topped 100 points for the first time since 2004, even their record at 1-1 while St. Francis dropped its opening game of the season.
Alston scored 23 of her career-high 39 points in the decisive second half. She also grabbed nine rebounds and dished-out six assists. Her 39 points was tied for the third-most in a game by a Buckeye in school-history.
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell continued the great start to her career as she followed her 26-point performance on opening night with 28 points and six assists on Sunday. She was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line and led the team with five assists.
Fellow freshman Alexa Hart notched the first double-double of her career as she scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. She was just two blocked shots away from a triple-double. The eight blocks were tied for the fourth-most blocks by a Buckeye in a game.
The Buckeyes shot 53 percent (44-of-83) for the game which led to the 113 points. That was the most points scored by Ohio State in a regular season home game and the most points scored in a game at Value City Arena.
St. Francis didn't go quietly thanks in large part to Alexa Haywood. Haywood scored 35 points in the game, including going 6-of-18 from beyond the arc. That was the most points ever scored by a Buckeye opponent in Value City Arena history.
The Buckeyes opened the game making eight of its first nine shots from the floor and raced-out to an 18-8 lead. Hart had 10 of the first 18 points for the Buckeyes. But the Red Flash used a 9-2 run to trim the lead to 46-39 with less than six minutes left in the half. Seven first half three-pointers for St. Francis kept the score close as the teams went to break with the Buckeyes leading just 57-55.
Alston hit a pair of threes and then found Mitchell for another three from the corner to break open a two-point game and give the Buckeyes a 70-58 advantage just four minutes into the second half. But just like the first half, St. Francis battled back. A 10-0 Red Flash run keyed by five points apiece from Haywood and Aisha Brock, again sliced the margin to just two at 70-68.
The Buckeyes pushed back with a 12-2 run to shove the lead right back out to 84-72 with 10 minutes to play. Doss had seven points in the run while Alston chipped-in with five.
The lead stayed around 10 until a late 11-3 run gave the Buckeyes some breathing room with four minutes to play and they would hold on for their first victory of the season.
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