Ohio State Falls To Wichita State 70-55
ST. THOMAS, US Virgin Islands - Wichita State shot over 55 percent in the second half and never let Ohio State get any momentum as the Shockers claimed a 70-55 victory Friday afternoon on day two of the Paradise Jam.
Ohio State is now 3-3 on year while Wichita State improves to 3-2. The Buckeyes will play Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday afternoon in the tournament finale.
The Buckeyes struggled to get anything going against the Wichita State zone as it shot just 38 percent and committed 15 turnovers.
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell was 4-of-10 from behind the arc and led the Buckeyes with 19 points. She also dished-out a team-high tying four assists.
Fellow freshman Alexa Hart was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor for 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Junior Ameryst Alston finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Alston recorded her 1,000th career point in the game.
Michaela Dapprich paced the Shockers with 19 points on 5-of-7 from long range. Alex Harden had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Wichita State's length in the zone made scoring tough for the Buckeyes in the early going. On the offensive end, the Shockers hit seven of their first 12 shots to a take an 18-8 lead after eight minutes. The Buckeyes were out of sync offensively all half as they managed just nine field goals and had 11 turnovers in the first half. WSU made a shot at the buzzer and lead at the break 34-23.
The second half was all Shockers. WSU came out of the locker and pushed the lead out to 17 after a pair of three-pointers. The lead grew to as many as 24 on a couple of occasions and remained around 20 for most of the half.
The Shockers shot 55.6 percent from the floor and 60 percent (6-of-10) from long range in the second half. WSU seemed to answer any Ohio State run with a bucket and kept the Buckeyes at arm's length in second half.