No. 13 Buckeyes improve to 8-0, down Canisius 84-41

Go Buckeyes! Tayler Hill led all scorers with 21 points Saturday.
Go Buckeyes!
Tayler Hill led all scorers with 21 points Saturday.
Go Buckeyes!

Dec. 10, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis combined for 41 points as No. 13 Ohio State dominated from the start in an 84-41 win over Canisius Saturday at Value City Arena.

With the win, Ohio State improves to 8-0 on the season, tying the best season start for the Buckeyes under Jim Foster.

The Buckeyes shot 50.9 percent for the game and forced the Golden Griffins into 25 turnovers.

Hill was 6 of 10 from the field with two 3-pointers, leading all scorers with 21. She also hit 7 of 8 from the stripe while committing zero turnovers. Prahalis was equally impressive on the offensive end, hitting 7 of 12 overall and dishing out six assists.

Ohio State received 25 points from its bench, including six each from Raven Ferguson and Martina Ellerbe. Aleksandra Dobranic grabbed six rebounds and scored four points in 13 minutes.

Jen Morabito led Canisius (3-5) with 12 points.

The Golden Griffins opened the scoring on a 3-pointer by Morabito 39 seconds into the game before the Buckeyes reeled off 18 straight points over 6½ minutes.

Ohio State is back in action Tuesday at home vs. Southern.

Postgame Notes

  • With the win over Canisius, Ohio State tied its best season start under head coach Jim Foster at 8-0. The Buckeyes also started 8-0 in 2009-10.
  • The Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead in the all-time series vs. Canisius. In the previous meeting in 2005, Ohio State defeated Canisius 90-58.
  • Junior Tayler Hill and senior Samantha Prahalis led the Buckeyes with 21 and 20 points, respectively - marking the third time this season each has scored at least 20 points in the same game.
  • Under head coach Jim Foster, the Buckeyes improve to 147-13 all-time in Columbus. 
  • Ohio State tied its season high in points with 84 Saturday. The Buckeyes also scored 84 points in their 84-37 win over Stony Brook in Value City Arena Nov. 25.
  • Ohio State scored 70 or more points in each of its games in Value City Arena this season. The only game this season in which the Buckeyes did not reach 70 points was their road contest at Oklahoma, a 69-63 victory Dec. 4.
  • For the second consecutive game, Ohio State shot 50 percent or better from the field. Against Canisius, the Buckeyes shot 51 percent and at Oklahoma, Ohio State was 27-of-54 from the field.
  • Ohio State has made more free throws (138) than opponents have attempted this season (116). The Buckeyes are 7-0 this year and 95-9 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they make more than their opponents at the line.
  • Ohio State has won 19 of its last 20 games dating back to last season, losing only to No. 1 seed Tennessee in the NCAA Dayton Regional.


Postgame Quotes

Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach

On Ohio State's patience

"When the group that ended the game played the way they did, yes (the team showed patience). When you're patient, the offense is going to get the opportunity to move the ball and you're going to get scoring opportunities from that. They (Prahalis and Hill) are more patient and people have learned to play off them. They are growing in the framework of understanding what we're trying to do for them, that's a product of growth."

On the play of Samantha Prahalis and Tayler Hill

"Obviously if we had played people more minutes they would have had more figures, but when you're moving and protecting the ball you're going to have players with big games. They (Prahalis and Hill) are basketball players, not scorers. How you are playing if you are a basketball player, you take pride in making plays, however, that doesn't always mean you're scoring points. Today they stepped up and took care of business."


Samantha Prahalis, senior guard

On the game today

"We played team basketball and moved the ball well.  We played close to a full game and I thought we played well as a team."

On senior leadership

"We are older now, we know when to look for a shot and get a shot if the offense is stagnant."

On the defense today

"We played hard. Even if we were up I thought the defense played well and we moved well together."


Tayler Hill, junior guard

On the game today

"We came out mentally prepared. Coach Foster talked about not playing a team, but playing against the game of basketball."

On slowing down the game

"Over time, after playing with these players you just learn to slow down. It comes with experience."

On scoring 20 points per game

"I don't think we have to score 20 points per game. At the beginning it was post play. They were worried about three pointers at the beginning. We have to take what the defense gives us."

On the offense today

"I think it is easier than in the past because we are so spread out. We don't have a traditional five and four on the blocks. We are very open."