Buckeyes put the clamps on Lafayette, win 81-41
Dec. 9, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the second consecutive game, Ohio State turned up the pressure defensively en route to an 81-41 win over visiting Lafayette Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena.
The win is 28th consecutive home victory for the Buckeyes (6-2) while the loss drops the Leopards to 3-7.
Tayler Hill led three Buckeyes in double figures with 19 points on the strength of four 3-point field goals. Amber Stokes added 15 points and three assists while Ashley Adamschipped in with 10 points, six boards and three assists.
The Buckeyes held Lafayette to 26.9 percent shooting and forced 25 turnovers. Ohio State was efficient on the offensive end, shooting 56.4 percent for the game and assisting on 24 of 31 field goals. Ameryst Alston, who made her second straight start at point guard, had five assists as did Martina Ellerbe, who also had seven points and six rebounds off the bench.
Ohio State put the game out of reach early, closing out the first half on a 16-3 run over the final 9:25 to lead 38-16 at halftime. Lafayette shot just 23.1 percent in the first 20 minutes, making just one of its final 10 shots.
Danielle Fiacco led the Leopards with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Ohio State will have the rest of the upcoming week off to finish final exams before heading west to face Washington State and Gonzaga Dec. 15 and 17.
• Ohio State has hit at least one 3-pointer in 127 consecutive games.
• Since the start of the 2009-10 season, Ohio State is 73-3 when scoring at least 70 points. They are 6-0 this year when scoring at least 70.
• Ohio State, which ended the first half vs. Lafayette on a 16-3 run, shot 50 percent from the field in the opening half. The Buckeyes improved that percentage to 63 percent in the second half.
• The Buckeyes were 6-for-9 from 3-point range for a 66.7 percentage in the second half. Ohio State shot 52.9 percent from behind the arc for the game.
• Ohio State outscored Lafayette, 40-10, in the paint and scored 28 points off turnovers.
• The Buckeye bench contributed 29 points.
• Senior Tayler Hill has scored in double-figures in 42 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
• With 19 points, Hill moved to 13th on the Ohio State all-time points list. For her career, Hill has 1,539 points. Courtney Coleman is 12th with 1,540.
• Junior Martina Ellerbe tied her career high in rebounds with six.
• Freshman Ameryst Alstonrecorded a career high five assists.
Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On Ohio State's performance
On Ohio State's defensive strategy
Tayler Hill, Ohio State senior guard
On the team's focus during non-conference games
Amber Stokes, Ohio State senior guard
On the upcoming trip to Washington