Buckeyes Run Past Broncos 83-46

Lisa Blair recorded her first double-double on Sunday
Lisa Blair recorded her first double-double on Sunday
Dec. 14, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four Buckeyes scored in double-figures and redshirt-sophomore Lisa Blair recorded the first double-double of her career as Ohio State rolled to an 83-46 victory Sunday afternoon.

The country's top scoring back court led the Buckeyes (7-4) offensively as freshman Kelsey Mitchell scored a game-high 22 points while junior Ameryst Alston chipped-in with 21 points and five assists. Cait Craft hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.

 

 

Blair enjoyed her afternoon on the court as she finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in 22 minutes. All of those numbers were career-highs.

For the second-straight game, the Buckeye defense frustrated the opposition. After holding Arkansas State to just 32 percent shooting on Thursday, Western Michigan was limited to 27.4 percent from the floor and 23 turnovers which was an opponent-high for the Buckeyes.

The win was the third-straight for Ohio State and its fourth win in the last five games.

Western Michigan was led offensively by forward Miracle Woods who scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had three blocks.

The Buckeyes weren't able to break open a close game until Mitchell sparked a run late in the first half. WMU was shooting just 35 percent and had 10 turnovers in the first 15 minutes but the Buckeyes weren't able to take advantage, leading just 24-21. Mitchell then hit a jumper and ignited a 15-1 Buckeye run to end the half.

Mitchell scored 12 of the 15 points during the deciding run and the Buckeyes led 39-22 at the break. The freshman led all scorers at the half with 17 points while Ohio State shot 50 percent from the floor as a team.

Ohio State then pushed the lead out to 20 at the start of the second half and was able to cruise the rest of the way. Over the final nine minutes, the Buckeyes outscored Western Michigan 22-6 thanks in large part to seven points, five rebounds and four blocks by Blair.

Key Run

  • A Mitchell jumper with 4:21 left in the first half sparked a 15-1 run to end the half, giving the Buckeyes a 39-22 lead at the break.
  • That broke open what was a close first 15 minutes.
  • Mitchell scored 12 of the 15 points in the run while Craft added a three-pointer off a nice pass from Asia Doss.
  • The Buckeyes were 5-of-9 from the floor during the spurt while Western missed its only two shot attempts and committed four turnovers.

    Key Stat

  • Western Michigan kept the game close in the beginning thanks to a strong effort on the boards. At one point, the Broncos had a 20-9 edge and led 22-14 at the break.
  • But in the second half, Ohio State out-rebounded WMU 32-21 and finished the game +3 on the boards. That was just the second time the Buckeyes out-rebounded its opponent this season.
  • Ohio State also held Western to just 9-of-35 (25.7) shooting in the second half.

    Go Ahead Lisa

  • Sunday was undoubtedly redshirt-sophomore Lisa Blair's best game of her career.
  • Blair played a career-high 22 minutes, scored a career-high 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and blocked a career-high five shots.
  • This was the first double-double of her career.
  • She smashed her previous career-highs of four points, five rebounds and four blocks.

    McGuff Coaches No. 400

  • Today's game was Kevin McGuff's 400th game as a head coach
  • He has won over 70 percent of the games' he's coached and has a 279-121 career record in this his 13th season.
  • McGuff is in his second season with the Buckeyes and has a 24-22 record.
  • The Ohio native also coached nine seasons at Xavier (2002-11) and two seasons at Washington (2011-13).

    Miscellaneous Notes

  • Ameryst Alston went over the 1,100-point mark in her career in the game. She now has scored 1,104 career points.
  • This is the Buckeyes' first three-game winning streak of the season.

    Up Next...

  • The Buckeyes will break this upcoming week for final exams before returning to action next Monday, Dec. 22, against No. 20/23 West Virginia
  • Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
  • Ohio State has never lost to West Virginia as the Buckeyes have won the previous 11 meetings.
  • Monday will mark the first game transfer Shayla Cooper is eligible to play for the Buckeyes.