No. 13 Buckeyes improve to 8-0, down Canisius 84-41
Dec. 10, 2011
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.
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.
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."
"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."