Defense dominates in 78-33 win over Evansville
Dec. 1, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Tayler Hill scored 20 points to lead No. 15 Ohio State to its 27th consecutive home victory, 78-33 over Evansville in a non-conference game Saturday.
Ashley Adams added 14 points and all 13 players scored for the Buckeyes (5-2), who led 40-23 at halftime and began the second half with a 25-0 run to take complete command.
Ohio State, coming off a 57-54 loss to No. 22 North Carolina, shot 63 percent (17 of 27) in the first half and 63.6 percent (14 of 22) in the second. The Purple Aces (2-5) struggled to a 23.1 percent overall mark (12 of 52), including just 15.6 percent (5 of 32) in the second half while facing a ranked opponent for the first time this season.
Amber Stokes and Ameryst Alston, who made her first career start along with Aleksandra Dobranic, added eight points each and Alston also had eight rebounds for the Buckeyes. Alston also added a three assists and a steal.
Samantha Heck led Evansville with nine points.
The Buckeyes have a week off for exams and return to action Dec. 9 vs. Lafayette.
Jim Foster Ohio State head coach
Tayler Hill, Ohio State senior guard
On the team's performance after a loss at North Carolina
"We refocused the last couple of days in practice. Coming off the loss, there were some things we could have done differently. We focused on those in the game today."
On Ohio State's defense in the second half
"Throughout the whole game we played excellent defense. In the second half, they only scored 10 points. We had excellent energy today and we didn't give up a play."
Ameryst Alston, Ohio State freshman guard
On learning she would start the game
"We talked about it at practice yesterday. I'm just happy to be able to help my teammates in any way I can. We are much more effective when Tayler [Hill] is able to run and I can get the ball up to her. My job is to get the ball up to the offense."
On what she will remember most about her first start
"We came out here really effective, playing real `team basketball.' We didn't take any plays off no matter what the score was."
Ashley Adams, Ohio State junior center
On using her size to score in the paint
"I felt like we [used my size well]. We could have scored a few more times, but I think we did well overall."
On playing defense
"We're starting to [play defense well]. We can only get better."