Aleksandra Dobranic scored a career-high 14 points for the Buckeyes Thursday.
Dec. 27, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State won its 30th consecutive game at home with an 88-50 win over visiting VCU Thursday night at Value City Arena.
The win moves Ohio State to 9-3 with one more non-conference game before the start of Big Ten play. The loss drops VCU to 6-7.
Tayler Hill led the Buckeyes with 20 points, one of 11 Buckeyes in the scoring column tonight. Raven Ferguson had 15 points off the bench and Aleksandra Dobranic scored a career-high 14 on 7 of 8 shooting as the Buckeyes shot 57 percent for the game and assisted on 26 of their 37 field goals. Twelve of the 26 assists came from post players.
Ohio State was just as sharp defensively, holding VCU to 30 percent shooting and leading by as much as 42 points midway through the second half. The Buckeyes forced 18 turnovers and turned them into 20 points at the offensive end.
There was no Christmas break hangover tonight as Ohio State led 16-2 at the start and raced out to a 47-21 lead at halftime. Ten different Buckeyes found the scoring column in the opening 20 minutes, led by Hill's nine.
Darryce Moore enjoyed a solid game off the bench with eight rebounds, a career-high six assists and four rebounds in 14 minutes. She had sat out the previous game with an elbow injury. Starters Ashley Adams and Amber Stokes each had seven points while Stokes added six assists. Martina Ellerbe had six points.
Robyn Parks and Janniina Koivunen led VCU with 13 points.
The Buckeyes will close out non-conference play at 2 p.m. Sunday when they welcome Howard to Value City Arena.
Ohio State has won a school record 30 consecutive home games, a streak that dates 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.
Thursday was the first meeting between the Buckeyes and the Rams.
Ohio State held VCU to 30.0 percent shooting. No opponent has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field this season against Ohio State's defense this season.
Only two teams, Washington State (62) and Gonzaga (60), have scored 60 or more points against the Buckeyes this season.
Ohio State scored a season-high 47 points in the first half.
The Buckeyes held a 17-0 advantage in fast break points.
Ohio State assisted on 26 of its 37 field goals, the most assists since the 2010-11 season.
Ohio State shot 56.9 percent for the game, its fifth game this season shooting 50.0 percent or better.
Eleven of the 12 Buckeyes who saw action reached the scoring column.
Ohio State has hit at least one 3-pointer in 131 consecutive games.
Since the start of the 2009-10 season, Ohio State is 75-3 when scoring at least 70 points, including 8-0 this year.
Redshirt junior Aleksandra Dobranic scored a career-high 14 points on 7 of 8 shooting.
Junior Darryce Moore had a career-high six assists and eight rebounds in just 14 minutes of play off the bench.
With 20 points, senior Tayler Hill has now scored in double-figures in 46 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten. It also marked her sixth 20-point game of the season.
Hill now has 1,611 career points, good for 11th on OSU's all-time scoring list. Amy Tucker is 10th with 1,629 points.
Hill has connected on 24 of her last 25 free throw attempts.
Sophomore Raven Ferguson recorded a career-high with three 3-point field goals. She scored 15 points, one off her career best.
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