Buckeyes Pull Away In 4th To Top Virginia 93-73

Dec. 21, 2015


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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A big fourth quarter and five in double figures leads No. 9-ranked Ohio State past visiting Virginia 93-73 Monday night at Value City Arena.

The win was the fourth-straight for the Buckeyes who finish non-conference play at 8-3 overall. Virginia falls for the first time in the last four games and is now 8-4 on the season.

Ameryst Alston (24) and Kelsey Mitchell (23) topped 20 points in the same game for the seventh time this season to pace the Buckeyes.

Short Story

The Buckeyes closed non-conference action with a solid 93-73 win over Virginia but it didn't come without a scare.

Ohio State opened the game with a 9-0 run and held momentum for the majority of the first half, ultimately leading 43-29 at the break. But Virginia shot 50 percent in the third quarter, including 5-of-5 of long range and knifed the lead down to as few as three at 59-56 with less two minutes to play in the third quarter. A three-pointer by Mitchell at the end of the quarter helped right the ship for the home team as the game headed to the decisive final stanza.

In the fourth, Alston had two big drives to the hole that resulted in four points and sophomore Asia Doss provided a spark, scoring eight of her 10 points in the final five minutes to help the Buckeyes pull away. Ohio State shot 68.8 percent in the final frame while limiting Virginia to just 26.3 percent.  

Alston led the Buckeyes with 24 points. She made a pair of three-pointers, including a big one with five minutes remaining off a feed from Doss. Mitchell finished with 23 points and tied her season-high with six assists.

Sophomore forward Alexa Hart had a solid game inside, scoring a season-high 19 points and grabbing a season-high 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. She also swatted a season-high six shots.

Shayla Cooper finished just one rebound short of a double-double as she had 13 points and nine boards. Doss chipped-in with 10 points on a 4-of-4 shooting to go along with three rebounds and three assists.

The Cavaliers were paced by the duo of Faith Randolph and Mikayla Venson. Randolph made four three-pointers and finished with a game-high 26 points while Venson also had four three-pointers and finished with 24 points.

The key down the stretch was the Buckeyes ability to get good looks inside and finish around the basket. For the game, Ohio State out-scored Virginia 54-18 in the paint and had a 16-4 edge inside in the fourth quarter.

Key Players
Ameryst Alston (OSU) - 24 points, 3 assists
Kelsey Mitchell (OSU) - 23 points, 6 assists (season-high)
Alexa Hart (OSU) - 19 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks (all season-highs)
Faith Randolph (UVA) - 26 points, 4 3-point field goals
Mikayla Venson (UVA) - 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Non-Conference In The Books

  • The Buckeyes finished non-conference play with an 8-3 record.
  • The three losses came to the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 ranked teams in the country.
  • Ohio State also notched a win over then No. 10 Texas A&M and closed with solid victories over Princeton and Virginia.

Ohio State Individual Notes

  • This was the seventh time this season in which Ameryst Alston and Kelsey Mitchell each scored 20 or more points in the same game. The Buckeyes are now 6-1 when that happens.
  • With her 24 points tonight, Ameryst Alston moves into 8th place in school history, passing Lisa Cline (1986-89) and Kim Jordan (1977-80). Alston now has 1,773 in her career.
  • This was Alston's third-straight game of 20 or more points and her seventh of the season.
  • Mitchell reached the 20-point mark for the ninth time this year.
  • Mitchell led the team with six assists, tying a season-high.
  • Alexa Hart notched her second double-double of the year and the 15th of her career, finishing with season-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds.
  • After having her streak of consecutive games with a block stopped last game, Hart blocked a season-high six shots tonight.
  • Asia Doss was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and scored eight of her 10 points in the decisive fourth quarter.

Ohio State TEAM Notes

  • This was the seventh time in the last eight games that the Buckeyes have shot better than 50 percent from the floor.
  • Ohio State was 56.1 percent shooting (37-of-66) which was the second-high percentage this season. It was only topped by the 57.6 percent from last game against Princeton.
  • The Buckeyes scored 90 points for the fifth time this season and are now 5-0 when topping 90 points.
  • Ohio State scored a season-high 54 points in the paint while holding Virginia to just 18 points inside.
  • After losing the rebounding battle by 11 in last year's game with Virginia, the Buckeyes held a 42-36 edge on the glass.

Up Next
The Buckeyes now have 10 days off before beginning Big Ten play with a pair of difficult game. OSU will host Michigan State on Dec. 31 before heading to College Park, Md. on Jan. 2 to face defending B1G Champion Maryland. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at Noon ET.