Buckeyes cruise into holiday break with 73-50 win over Southern

Go Buckeyes! Amber Stokes had 11 points and three steals in 25 minutes for the Buckeyes.
Go Buckeyes!
Amber Stokes had 11 points and three steals in 25 minutes for the Buckeyes.
Go Buckeyes!

Dec. 21, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 24 Ohio State women's basketball team picked up a 73-50 win over visiting Southern tonight at Value City Arena as the Buckeyes improved their school-record home win streak to 29 games. 

The win improves Ohio State to 8-3 on the season while Southern dips to 1-10.

Tayler Hill and Amber Stokes led the Buckeyes with 13 and 11 points, respectively, while Ashley Adams and Raven Ferguson both added nine and Aleksandra Dobranic eight. Adams also had four blocks, three assists and six boards.

Ohio State took control of this one in the first half with a 13-0 run that put Ohio State up by 20, 38-18 with 2:15 left in the half. The Buckeyes eventually took a 40-24 lead into the break and never led by less than 15 the rest of the way. 

Ohio State led by as much as 27 in the second half after two Martina Ellerbe free throws with 8:13 remaining.

Ameryst Alston scored seven and had three assists while Maleeka Kynard and Ellerbe each added six off the bench. OSU's bench outscored SU's bench, 25-11.

Kendra Coleman led Southern with 11 points.

The Buckeyes will be off a few days for the holiday and return home Dec. 27 vs. VCU. Game time is 7 p.m.

Postgame Notes

• Ohio State improves to 3-0 vs. Southern. In addition to the win Friday night, the Buckeyes defeated the Jaguars, 83-49, in Value City Arena a season ago. In the first meeting Nov. 19, 2007, Ohio State beat Southern, 79-38.
• The Buckeyes have won a school record 29 consecutive home games, a streak that dates back to the 2010-11 season. It is the longest active streak in the Big Ten and the third longest in the nation behind Stanford (82) and Baylor (45). Ohio State's last loss at home was Feb. 6, 2011 to Northwestern.
• Since the start of the 2009-10 season, Ohio State is 74-3 when scoring at least 70 points. They are 7-0 this year when scoring at least 70.
• Ohio State has hit at least one 3-pointer in 130 consecutive games.
• The Buckeye defense held Southern to 32.3 percent shooting. No opponent has shot 50 percent or better from the field this season against Ohio State's defense. The highest an opponent has shot is 45.5 percent by Gonzaga Dec. 17 in Spokane.
• Senior Tayler Hill has scored in double figures in 45 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
• Redshirt junior Sasha Dobranic tied her career best with eight points.

Postgame Quotes
Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On productivity at each position
"We're getting more productivity out of the four spot. We didn't have Darryce [Moore] tonight and that takes away productivity in the five spot. We're going to get points from our guards. They're long and athletic. We probably took two or three more 3's than we should have tonight when we could have penetrated the ball more."

On the opponent
"She [Sandy Pugh] does a good job with that team. They are very athletic and we had an opportunity to work on some things defensively tonight. Their two scorers were in the game and made it a game. We did a good job of getting away from them and staying away when they could have had a shot at the game."

On having a mature bench
"The difference between Raven [Ferguson] as a freshman than as a sophomore is significant. [Maleeka] Kynard is a better player as a sophomore. We have some players coming off the bench that have experience as starters and that makes you a better team."

On Ferguson's performance tonight
"Coming off the bench, she had four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 14 minutes. That's a very productive night for her."

Amber Stokes, Ohio State senior guard
On the difference between the first and second games in Washington
"I think the second game in Washington [Gonzaga] allowed us to regroup from the first game. In the second game, we were able to come back. We were pumped after that game and we brought that to the game tonight. We started out well and finished well too."

On focusing on a game right before the holidays "The focus tonight was to do what we needed to do and finish our business. We get to go home afterwards."

On the Buckeyes' performance tonight "Everybody in general played well. The ball was moving. Everyone was getting good shots. Raven [Ferguson] was getting some good looks. Ashley [Adams] was making good passes. Our bench play was great as well. We played pretty well together tonight."

On bench play
"Our bench is improving. When they come into the game, they know their role and what they need to do. If any of the starters got into foul trouble, we could easily look to our bench and trust them to do what they need to do."

Raven Ferguson, Ohio State sophomore guard
On coming off the bench with energy
"I felt like the Washington State game was a good example of the bench not bringing any energy. I think I'm the first one who should come out with big energy and play hard and be aggressive."

On starting vs. coming off the bench
"It is different starting vs. coming off the bench. I think being able to watch and see the game first and seeing what you can do to help the team is very helpful. Having me come off the bench was a good decision by Coach Foster."

On the defense improving
"We just move the ball more. We talk on defense. When we communicate, we're more effective on both offense and defense and we play hard the whole time."

On the difference in bench talent between last year and this year
"This year's bench is better than last year's bench. We were really young last year. Now, we have a year under our belts. We have matured. The Washington State game is where we changed. We're focused now and we're enthusiastic. That game [Washington State] woke us up."