Alston Powers Buckeyes To 113-97 Victory Over St. Francis

Nov. 16, 2014

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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.

Kalpana Beach and Asia Doss also scored in double-figures as Beach notched 12 points and nine boards while Doss had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.

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.

The Beat Goes On

  • Junior guard Ameryst Alston ended last year with three-straight games of 20 or more points and she hasn't missed a beat at the onset of this season.
  • She scored a team-high 27 against Virginia and then lit-up St. Francis for 39 points on 15-of-18 from the floor and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
  • Her 39 points are tied for the third-most in a single-game by a Buckeye in school-history.
  • It was the sixth 30-point game of her career.
  • Dating back to last season, she has made 19 three-pointers in her last five.
  • Alston has scored a combined 66 points in the first two games and is shooting over 67 percent from the floor.

    Second Chance Points

  • In addition to three-point shooting, St. Francis was able to stay close because of its second chance opportunities.
  • The Red Flash grabbed 25 offensive rebounds and converted them into 28 points.
  • Ohio State had just five second chance points from its 10 offensive rebounds.

    Not in Her House

  • Freshman Alexa Hart had a game inside and forced the Red Flash to shoot from the outside.
  • In addition to the first double-double of her career (18 points, 11 rebounds), she swatted eight shots.
  • Her eight blocks were tied for the fourth-most in a single-game by Buckeye in school-history.

    Long Time Between Double-Digit Point Games For KP

  • Redshirt-sophomore Kalpana Beach is returning after sitting out the last two year with knee injuries.
  • After shaking off the rust in the season-opener against Virginia, she scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds on Sunday.
  • That was her first double-digit scoring game since the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament against Michigan on March 2, 2012.

    Value City Arena Records
    A number of Value City Arena records fell on Sunday:

  • Ohio State points scored (113)
  • Opponent points scored (97)
  • Ohio State made field goals (44)
  • Opponent FG made (40)
  • Ohio State FG attempts (83)
  • Opponent FG attempted (102)
  • Opponent 3-point FG attempted (47)
  • Opponent rebounds (60)
  • Ohio State individual FG made - Ameryst Alston, 15
  • Ohio State individual blocked shots - Alexa Hart, 8
  • Opponent single game points - Alexa Hayward, 35
  • Opponent FG made and attempted - Alexa Hayward, 13-of-34
  • Opponent 3-point FG attempted - Alexa Hayward, 18

    Key Run

  • The Buckeyes were never really able to shake the Red Flash until a late 11-3 run pushed the Ohio State lead out to 18 at 105-87 with 4:11 to play.
  • Alston had five points during the run and assisted on two more lay-ups by Mitchell.
  • That provided a little breathing room for the Buckeyes to close out the game in the final four minutes.

    Up Next...

  • Ohio State remains at home and will host SEC-foe Georgia on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
  • The Buckeyes fell in Athens last season 53-49.