Ohio State's Darryce Moore (22) is guarded by Winthrop's Tayler Calvert (20) during their basketball game in St. John Arena on Saturday.
Nov. 17, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Opening the game on a 14-2 run, the No. 20/21 Ohio State women's basketball team beat Winthrop, 78-53, Saturday afternoon in St. John Arena. A trio of Buckeyes in Tayler Hill (16), Darryce Moore (16) and Ashley Adams (14) scored in double digits to lead Ohio State to its 14th victory in St. John Arena since the 2004-05 season. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 2-1 on the season and the Eagles fall to 1-1.
The Buckeyes were off to a fast start, going 4-for-4 from the 3-point line in the first 3:30 en route to a 43-20 lead at halftime. Hill finished the first half with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting, including a 4-for-5 FG percentage from behind the arc.
After shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half, the Buckeyes' shooting cooled in the second as they shot 42 percent from the floor. However, consistent scoring contributions from Adams helped seal the victory as she led Ohio State with eight points in the second half. Adams nearly recorded her second double double of the season behind eight rebounds.
In addition to her 14 points on 7-for-14 shooting, Adams was strong defensively, recording six blocks, just one shy of tying her personal best. Amber Stokes chipped in four steals and maintained her defensive presence to help limit Winthrop to 37 percent shooting from the floor for the game. Stokes finished the game with eight points and Raven Ferguson scored seven points.
Diana Choibekova and Dequesh McClanahan led Winthrop in scoring with 12 points each, while Aliyah Kilpatrick and Samiya Wright contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Ohio State's Maleeka Kynard added five points, including a 3-pointer off the bench and Moore grabbed nine of Ohio State's 46 rebounds.
The Buckeyes return to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday vs. Saint Francis (Pa.) in Value City Arena.
No. 20/21 Ohio State 78, Winthrop 53
Nov. 17, 2012
St. John Arena
Three players scored in double figures for Ohio State. Tayler Hill and Darryce Moore led the way with 16 points each, while Ashley Adams chipped in 14 points.
Moore's 16 points were a career best. She also posted career highs in rebounds (nine), free throws made (six) and free throws attempted (eight).
Freshman guard Ameryst Alston scored a career-high four points and added two steals, also a career best.
The Buckeyes opened the game on a 14-2 run, hitting 4-4 from 3-point range over the first 3:25. The Scarlet and Gray owned a 14-2 advantage in second chance points.
OSU out-rebounded the Eagles 46-31.
Ohio State improved to 53-6 all-time in the month of November under head coach Jim Foster.
Ohio State is 14-1 at St. John Arena since the start of the 2004-2005 season. Its only loss was to Auburn in the 2007 Buckeye Classic.
Ohio State has won 23-consecutive home games dating to the 2010-11 - the longest active streak in the Big Ten. Its last loss was Feb. 6, 2011 to Northwestern.
The Buckeyes have hit at least one 3-pointer in 122 consecutive games.
Since the start of the 2009-10 season, OSU is 69-3 when scoring at least 70 points.
Postgame Quotes Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On his team's performance
"I thought we moved the ball well and got good looks on the offensive end. I also felt we did a lot of good things definitely. We finished well."
On the performance of sophomore guard Maleeka Kynard
"She can make shots and brings a great deal of energy defensively. She and [Ameryst] Alston bring different skill sets off the bench. When you add Cait Craft to the mix, we have three freshmen who can really guard the ball."
On Darryce Moore's performance
"She's made great improvements to her game. She is a valuable member of our team and will continue to be a big part of what we do."
On ball movement
"Ball movement is big with this team. The more we move it, the more opportunities we have for open shots. It also makes it easier for our guards to breakdown the defense on the dribble."
Tayler Hill, senior guard
On Ohio State's offense
"We had good ball rotation early, which is why we were able to get good shots."
On the play of Ashley Adams
"I don't think she's necessarily added a lot to her game, but she's more aggressive. She's always had the skill set; she just needed to be more aggressive this year. You can tell by the way she's playing, almost averaging a double-double. It comes with experience."
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