Buckeyes Bounce Back, Beat Belmont Bruins 84-56



Nov. 19, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's basketball team picked up its first win of the season Thursday night, beating Belmont 84-56 at Value City Arena.
Three players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes (1-2), led by Kelsey Mitchell with 25 points. Cait Craft tied a career high with five 3-point field goals.

THE SHORT STORY
After a tough opening two games, the Buckeyes regrouped and shot their way to an 84-56 victory. Belmont played mostly a zone defense in an effort to stop the Buckeyes’ dribble penetration. OSU’s answer was to work the ball for open looks around the perimeter. Sixteen three-pointers and a total of 25 assists means -- mission accomplished.

Unlike the first two games, the Buckeyes got off to a fast start and led 21-8 at the end of the first quarter. Belmont never threatened the rest of the night as the Bruins were held to just 17 points in the opening half.

All-American point guard Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with 25 points on 6-of-12 shooting from long range. She also dished-out six assists. Ameryst Alston made four three-pointers and finished with 22 points. The player of the night was senior Cait Craft. She connected on a career-high tying five three-point field goals and also dished-out a career-high nine assists.

Belmont was led by Kylee Smith who finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

KEY PLAYERS
Cait Craft (OSU) – 15 points, 9 assists
Kelsey Mitchell (OSU) – 25 points, 6 assists, 6 three-pointers
Ameryst Alston (OSU) – 22 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds

KEY STAT
With Belmont sitting in a zone, the Buckeyes took advantage with good ball movement and knocked down their shots from beyond the arc. Ohio State was 16-of-38 (42.1 percent) from long range. Both three-pointers made and three-pointers attempted were one-off the OSU single-game records.

OHIO STATE INDIVIDUAL NOTES


 

 

  • With her four assists, Ameryst Alston passed former teammate and current WNBA star Tayler Hill (2010-13) for ninth place in school-history in career assists. Alston now has (347) assists in her career.
  • Alston scored her 1,600th career point in the game and is currently 12th in school history with (1,613) points.
  • After having her consecutive games with a three-pointer streak stopped last game against UConn, Kelsey Mitchell made six three-pointers against Belmont.
  • This was Mitchell’s seventh game of her career with six or more three-pointers.
  • Cait Craft tied a career-high five three-point field goals in the game and she also dished-out a career-high nine assists.
  • Freshman Theresa Ekhelar scored her first collegiate points on a put-back in the fourth quarter.
  • Forward Alexa Hart recorded one block and has not blocked at least one shot in 23-straight games.


OHIO STATE TEAM NOTES

  • The Buckeyes had a season-high 25 assists on 32 made field goals.
  • Ohio State is 10-0 in games under Kevin McGuff when assisting on 20 or more field goals.
  • OSU made 16-of-38 three-pointer field goal attempts. Both numbers were one-off the OSU single-game record.


UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will finish their opening home stand this Sunday when they take on Wagner inside of St. John Arena. The game will tip-off at 2 p.m. and will be streamed on BTN Plus. The game will feature a matchup of the top two scorers in the country last season as Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell (No. 1 – 24.9) and Wagner’s Jasmine Nwajei (No. 2 – 24.8) will go head-to-head.