Buckeyes move to 11-0 with 88-58 win over Charlotte

Go Buckeyes! Samantha Prahalis moved into sole possession of fourth place on the Big Ten's all-time assists list.
Go Buckeyes!
Samantha Prahalis moved into sole possession of fourth place on the Big Ten's all-time assists list.
Go Buckeyes!

Dec. 19, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tayler Hill scored 16 of her 25 points in the second half and No. 11 Ohio State beat Charlotte 88-58 on Monday as the Buckeyes improved to their best start in program history in the NCAA era.

Samantha Prahalis had 19 points and reserve forward Darryce Moore finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Buckeyes (11-0), who have won 22 of 23 dating to last season.

Hillary Sigmon had 14 points and Gabby Tyler scored 13 for the 49ers (5-5), who have lost five straight. It was Charlotte's first game since Dec. 7.

The Buckeyes showed little signs of fatigue from a red-eye flight Saturday night after their 77-75 win at California. They jumped out to a 44-14 lead on the heels of a 17-0 run in the opening half.

Ohio State shot 50 percent for the game and hit eight 3-pointers on the day. The 88 points marked a season high for the Buckeyes and the fourth time overall this season.

The Buckeyes have little time to rest as they take to the court tomorrow against Southern Utah. Tip is set for 2 p.m. at Value City Arena.

Postgame Notes

  • The game Monday vs. Charlotte is the second of four games in a span of six days for the Buckeyes. Ohio State defeated Cal, 77-75, Saturday in Berkeley, Calif., before returning to Columbus and downing Charlotte, 88-58, Monday. Up next, the Buckeyes will face Southern Utah at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Value City Arena and Washington State at 7 p.m. Thursday in the VCA.
  • The game Monday was the first between Ohio State and Charlotte.
  • Ohio State scored a season best 88 points Monday.
  • Head coach Jim Foster who won his 750th career game Saturday at Cal, improves to 149-13 in Columbus with the win Monday.
  • For the game, the Buckeyes shot 50 percent from the field and scored more than 70 points for the fourth consecutive game.
  • Sophomore Darryce Moore tied her career high Monday with 10 points. She also tied her career best in rebounds with seven.
  • Senior guard Samantha Prahalis went over 1,600 points for her career and now has 1,601. Prahalis, who with junior guard Tayler Hill are ranked in the Top 5 in the Big Ten in scoring, scored 19 points and added seven assists in the win.
  • Junior guard Tayler Hill led all scorers with 25 points. In a span of five consecutive games, Hill scored 20 or more points, including a 31-point outing Nov. 30 vs. Florida State. She now has scored more than 20 points in six-of-seven games.  
  • Ohio State had made more free throws (179) than opponents have attempted (178) this season. The Buckeyes are 9-0 this year and 97-9 since the start of the 2007-08 season when they make more than their opponents at the line.


Postgame Quotes

Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach

On the team’s improvement

“We are getting better. Some individuals are getting better and collectively we are getting better. This time of year you need to be getting better. You need to be building blocks so that you have a great foundation, from that foundation I like us.”

On the fatigue from the road trip

“When I woke up this morning and I felt good, I knew we wouldn’t have any problems. I say this all the time but ‘Do you have any recollection of what you were doing when you were 18-22?’ Fatigue? Why? How? You have all the energy in the world. You are doing something that you love. We came home and had a great practice. They (Ohio State) took care of business and were ready to play today.”

On the team’s chemistry

“I like being in the gym with this team. I knew what I thought in my head. After a couple days of practice, everything I thought was a reality.”

Samantha Prahalis, senior guard

On the game

“We made it a point to bring the intensity that we needed.”

On the team’s chemistry

“We are just clicking. I can’t explain it; we just know where we need to be. The offense is setting up and we are moving the ball well. We all knew this team was going to be a good one.”


Tayler Hill, junior guard

On the game

“We played well. The mental part of the game was great.”

On her performance today

“My teammates were finding me when I was open. They were attacking and when the defense collapsed, they made the pass.

On the ball movement

“We are getting more comfortable with each other and playing well with each other. We all know where we are going to be. We know the spots we need to be in. After playing with each other and getting more experience, we are getting more comfortable.”


Cara Consuegra, Charlotte head coach

On the game

“Obviously I need to congratulate Ohio State. Their coaching staff has done a great job with that team. (Tayler) Hill and Samantha Prahalis are two of the best guards I’ve seen all year. I know at the end of the year they will be two of the best guards in the country. On our end I wish we had come with more intensity today. It tumbled from there; we are a better team than we showed. You have to have a short memory when it comes to this.”

On Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis

“They are pretty good. I think they are a very underrated nationally. The thing about both of them is that they can do so much. They have a complete game and that is what makes them so dangerous.”