Buckeyes win third straight, beat SFU 70-54

Go Buckeyes! Tayler Hill scored a game-high 23 points for the Buckeyes.
Go Buckeyes!
Tayler Hill scored a game-high 23 points for the Buckeyes.
Go Buckeyes!

Nov. 20, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 16/17 Ohio State won its third straight game with a 70-54 win over visiting Saint Francis (Pa.) Tuesday evening at Value City Arena. The win moves Ohio State to 3-1 on the season while the Red Flash dips to 3-1.

Tayler Hill scored 17 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as the Buckeyes fended off a pesky Red Flash squad, who is projected to win the Northeast Conference. Hill also added five steals. Amber Stokes chipped in 12 points while Martina Ellerbe, Darryce Moore and Ameryst Alston all scored 10.

After a back and forth first half, Ohio State finally broke the game open in the second on the strength of an 15-4 run, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers by Hill and an old-fashioned three-point play by the senior, which gave Ohio State a 62-48 lead with 7:56 left.

The Buckeyes then iced the game with their defense, suffocating the Red Flash and holding them to just four points over the final 8:29 of the game.

Ohio State shot 50 percent from the field, its second game shooting 50 percent or better. Ellerbe, who made her first start of the season, was 4 of 4 from the field and added five rebounds.

Ohio State led by just three, 32-29, at the break despite shooting 52 percent, but committed 12 first-half turnovers. Ellerbe and Stokes led the way with seven first half points.

The Buckeyes were without the services of 6-5 center Ashley Adams, who sat out nursing a minor leg injury.

Alli Williams led SFU with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Ohio State is back in action next Sunday, Nov. 25 vs. Wright State. Tip is set for 1 p.m. at Value City Arena.

Postgame Notes
• Senior guard Tayler Hill has scored in double figures in 38 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
• Hill led all scorers with 23 points. Seventeen of Hill's 23 points came in the second half.
• Junior forward Martina Ellerbe scored a career high 10 points and was 4-for-4 shooting.
• In her young career, freshman guard Ameryst Alston scored a personal best 10 points.
• Since the start of the 2009-10 season, Ohio State is 70-3 when scoring at least 70 points.
• Ohio State has won 24 consecutive home games dating to the 2010-11 season - the longest active streak in the Big Ten. Its last loss was Feb. 6 2011 to Northwestern.
• Ohio State is 54-6 all-time under head coach Jim Foster during the month of November.
• Ohio State has hit at least one 3-pointer in 123 consecutive games.

Postgame Quotes
Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On Ashley Adams not being in the line-up and Ohio State's performance overall
"She is an integral part of our team. Hill struggled in the beginning. Once we reversed the ball and began guarding better, we got better. Games like this help you figure out who you are. We had to really work. They are an aggressive team and we had to react."

On adjusting the offensive strategies
"We were trying to make plays. Once we stopped trying to make plays, we got great shots, lay-ups and wide-open 3 plays. If you take quick shots, you are playing into their hands. Keep the ball moving and things are status-quo. I liked a lot of what I saw in handling some adversity."

On Ohio State's rebounding
"We needed some rebounds and Martina and Amy were getting them. This team showed we have versatility. People picked up when Adams wasn't out there. It's nice to know we can have that kind of distribution on our stat sheet."

On relying on Ohio State's defensive strength
"We kept talking about reversing the ball. You can tell by their defensive posture and mentality that their stances were tough. No matter what was happening on the offensive end, it wasn't going to get away from us."

On Tayler Hill taking a leadership role
"Tayler gets to be the by-product of Ashley's products. Taylor was trying to create off the dribble in the first half. She's a better player when she is receiving passes to complete her ability to score off the bounce. Ashley is usually the one doing that."

Tayler Hill, senior guard
On the difference between the first and second half
"We slowed down. I think that was the biggest difference. We were reversing the ball well, but I think we were playing entirely too fast in the first half."

On Ashley Adams not playing
"Nothing was different. We just have to reverse the ball. That's how our offense works. There are going to be times when we have injuries and people will be out. We have to be able to adjust from the beginning of the game."

On the Red Flash defense
"They didn't surprise us. We were told they were a quick team and that they would be physical."

On being a leader on the court
"I learned I need to slow down. I think the coaches have done a great job over the years preparing me for this time and this position. I wasn't worried going in, I was comfortable."

Martina Ellerbe, junior forward
On starting the game
"I found out I was starting today. You need to prepare for every game. I just watched film and paid attention. Even if you're not starting, you don't get time off. You have to always be ready."

On the Buckeye defense
"As a team, we started talking and moving. Playing more of a team defense helped us to pull away in the second half."

Joe Haigh, Saint Francis (Pa.) head coach
On the game
"I am proud of our effort and I am happy I can say that. I was happy with the way we executed our defensive game plan for the most part. I'm not as happy with our offense, but we played really hard and we competed."

On playing full-court pressure
"We did not back off all night. That is the style we are going to play in our conference. Tonight, we did a good job of keeping the pressure on and not giving up easy baskets."

On losing Alli Williams to foul trouble
"It hurts. I told her to play as hard as she always does and whatever happens, happens. I want her to play hard all the time and not worry about that."

On the Red Flash totaling 32 rebounds
"I'm very surprised. We haven't been a very good rebounding team so far this year. We've worked on it a ton these past few weeks. Tonight, I'm very surprised, but also proud of the effort they put in."