Jan. 7, 2015
Ohio State at Indiana
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2015 | Time: 7:00
p.m. ET | Venue: Assembly Hall | Location: Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
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Setting the Scene
Ohio State hits the road for a pair of games this week with its first stop in Bloomington, Ind., on Thursday to take on IU.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from Assembly Hall.
The Buckeyes (10-5, 2-1 B1G) come into the contest winners of six of their last seven games including back-to-back wins over ranked teams.
Indiana (11-3, 1-2 B1G) won 10 of its first 11 games and has started Big Ten play 1-2 with a win over Michigan State last week.
The game will be streamed live for a fee on BTN Plus.
The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
Ohio State jumped out to a 9-0 lead and would never trail in a 73-64 victory over No. 25 Northwestern at Value City Arena.
After enjoying a blowout victory against No. 16 Rutgers, Ohio State had more of a fight with the Wildcats. The Buckeyes took a 10-point lead early in the second half and held on as Northwestern cut the deficit to one point on a couple of occasions.
But down the stretch, the Buckeyes went on a 14-3 run to take control of the game.
Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell again led Ohio State with 23 points. It was her 12th 20-point game this season and she also led the team with five assists.
Sophomore transfer Shayla Cooper came off the bench and scored a career-high 19 points and pulled-down a team-high nine rebounds.
Junior Ameryst Alston was 6-of-6 from the free throw line and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Nia Coffey led the Wildcats with a double-double of 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. But she fouled-out with 4:14 to play in the game which came right in the middle of the Buckeyes' decisive run.
Northwestern used an 11-2 run to climb within one with 14 minutes to play. After trading blows, Cooper hit a pair of free throws to spark a 14-3 OSU run that featured 10 points from Kelsey Mitchell.
The OSU run span four and a half minutes and gave the Buckeyes a 13-point lead with 2:30 to play.
A Quick Look At Indiana
Indiana started the year by winning 10 of its first 11 games but has since dropped two of three games to start B1G play.
It's one conference win was a convincing 70-51 victory over Michigan State on New Years Eve.
The Hoosiers are led by the combo of freshman Tyra Buss and sophomore Larryn Brooks. The duo is averaging a combined 26.1 points and 7.5 assists per game.
Buss leads all freshmen nationally in steals and ranks 18th overall.
Freshman Amanda Cahill tops the team on the boards at 9.6 per contest and is also scoring 11.3 points per game.
Head coach Teri Moren is in her first season with the Hoosiers. She spent the last four seasons as head coach at Indiana State where she led the Sycamores to their first 20-win in 2013-14.
Series History vs. Indiana
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Indiana 50-21.
The Hoosiers enjoyed its longest win-streak in the series of five game from 2000-03 but since then, it's been dominated by the Buckeyes.
Ohio State has won 17 of the last 19 meetings including each of the last six.
This will be the 32nd meeting in Bloomington with the Hoosiers holding a 17-14 edge.
The teams met just once last year with the Buckeyes winning the game 70-51 in Bloomington.
McGuff vs. Indiana
Head coach Kevin McGuff is 2-0 all-time against Indiana.
He guided the Buckeyes to a win last season in Bloomington and he also led his Xavier squad in the 2008-09 season to a win in Bloomington in the first round of the preseason WNIT.
Last Year vs. Indiana
Ohio State handed No. 22 Indiana its first loss of the season with an impressive 70-51 win at Assembly Hall on Jan. 11, 2014.
Sophomore Ameryst Alston tied a then career-high with 29 points and junior Raven Ferguson set a career best with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
Senior Martina Ellerbe also notched her first career double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.
The Buckeyes led from the outset and built a 19-point lead midway through the second half.
But Indiana mounted an 11-0 run to cut Ohio State's lead to 56-48 with 8:23 to play as the Hoosiers seemed poised for a comeback.
A 30-second timeout by Coach McGuff stopped the bleeding and Ohio State regrouped and went on to outscore Indiana, 14-3, the rest of the way with eight points coming from Alston.
The Buckeyes held the Hoosiers nearly 30 points below their season scoring average (78.9) and held them to just 28 percent shooting for the game.
The Buckeyes also held IU to just one field goal over the final 8:23.