Buckeyes sharp in 82-52 win over Raiders

Go Buckeyes! Raven Ferguson was one of 13 Buckeyes in the scoring column Sunday.
Go Buckeyes!
Raven Ferguson was one of 13 Buckeyes in the scoring column Sunday.
Go Buckeyes!

Nov. 25, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Seniors Tayler Hill and Amber Stokes scored 17 and 13 points, respectively, as No. 16/17 Ohio State dominated from the beginning in an 82-52 win over Wright State Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena.

The win is the fourth straight for the Buckeyes, who won their 25th consecutive game at home - the third longest active streak in the country. The loss drops the Raiders to 3-2.

Hill added five steals to her game-high 17 while Stokes added six assists - one off her career best. Ashley Adams added eight points in her first game back from a leg injury as did Maleeka Kynard, who sank two 3-pointers off the bench.

Overall, all 13 players who saw action scored for the Buckeyes, including Cait Craft who saw her first action of the season, draining a 3-pointer on her very first field goal attempt as a Buckeye. Darryce Moore added six points and four rebounds while Aleksandra Dobranic played a solid game off the bench with six points and three rebounds in 14 minutes.

Ohio State opened the game on a 9-0 run, led 13-2 at the first media timeout and never looked back. The Raiders never got closer than nine points throughout the first half as the Buckeyes took a 42-25 lead at the half.

The Buckeyes kept the pressure on the Raiders in the second half, slowly swelling the lead to 30 points, 67-37, with 8:37 left on a steal and layup by Hill. Ohio State led by as much as 34, 77-43, with 4:40 remaining.

Ohio State's defense forced 22 WSU turnovers and held the Raiders to just 31 percent from the floor.

Kim Demmings led Wright State with 17 points while Ivory James added 11.

Ohio State is back in action this Wednesday when its heads to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Postgame Notes
• Ohio State is 55-6 all-time under head coach Jim Foster during the month of November.
• Ohio State has won 25 consecutive home games dating to the 2010-11 season, the longest active streak in the big Ten and third longest in the nation behind Stanford (80) and Baylor (43). Ohio State's last loss at home was Feb. 6, 2011 to Northwestern.
• The Buckeyes have hit at least one 3-pointer in 124 consecutive games.
• Since the start of the 2009-10 season, Ohio State is 71-3 when scoring at least 70 points.
• The Buckeyes have scored 70 or more points in four of five games this season and have recorded two 80-plus games twice - an 87-49 win vs. Cincinnati Nov. 14 and the game today vs. Wright State.
• All 13 active Buckeyes scored today vs. Wright State.
• Freshman Cait Craft played her first minutes as a Buckeye vs. Wright State. Craft played five minutes and hit a 3 pointer at the 10:15 mark.
• Senior Tayler Hill has scored in double figures in 39 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
• The Ohio State bench outscored Wright State, 33-8, and the Buckeyes scored 29 points off of turnovers.

Postgame Quotes
Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On adjusting to Wright State's defense
"They lulled us a couple times into taking quick shots. Once we figured that out and stopped doing it, we got terrific shots. We have a pecking order of the kind of shots we like to take and [the team] understands that."

On the camaraderie of the team
"It's a very unselfish group. They understand that the sum of our parts is going to equal success and they are willing to accommodate that. It's going to make the job that much easier."

On sophomore guard Shelbi Honeycutt
"Shelbi [Honeycutt] is really improving. She was really aggressive today. She got her shot to the point where she has a quick release and can really shoot the ball."

On Wright State guard Kim Demmings
"We made it difficult for her. We didn't want to give her great looks at the basket. We wanted her to shoot over people. It's a rare thing to make her shoot over people. When there's a hand in your face, it's hard to be a good shooter."

On freshman guard Cait Craft
"She's a solid player defensively. She really knows how to use her feet and she used her body very well today. She's a heady player who can shoot it. Nothing I saw from her today surprised me."

Tayler Hill, Ohio State senior guard
On the Ohio State defense
"We always play pretty good defense. In this game it was more about ball reversal for us. In the games we`ve played in the past that we've lost, for example Notre Dame, it was offense that we were struggling with. With us, it's reversing the ball. If we're doing that, the energy trickles down and we play great."

On younger players getting a chance to play
"It's a big thing. They work so hard. There are some games, depending on who we're playing and the level of competition, that they might not get an opportunity to play. So for them to be able to get into a game like this and show how hard they've been working, it's a great thing and very exciting for us."

On the importance of younger players making an appearance
"It opens the game up for today and for the future. People now know we have other players who can hit 15-footers. We have players who can come off the bench and hit three's."

Amber Stokes, Ohio State senior guard
On younger players getting a chance to perform
"It means a lot to us. They're getting an opportunity to play. When they get in there, they need to make something happen. For the players who came off the bench today, I thought they did a great job."

On Ashley Adams' return
"It's nice to have her back. She got a couple reps today and then we had some people come in for her. I wouldn't say it's a relief though. If Ashley is out, we have people who are happy to step up and do what they need to do. It's great to have her back though."