Jan. 16, 2015
Ohio State vs. Penn State
Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015 | Time: 2:00
p.m. ET | Venue: Value City Arena | Location: Columbus, Ohio
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
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Setting the Scene
Ohio State will look stop a two-game losing skid when it hosts defending Big Ten champion Penn State on Sunday.
Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Value City Arena.
Ohio State (11-7, 3-3) has dropped its last two contests after drubbing Indiana 100-49 ten days ago.
Penn State (3-14, 0-6) is still in search of its first B1G victory. The Nittany Lions have lost their first six conference games by an average of nearly 24 points.
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.
Quick Buckeye Did You Knows??
Ohio State is No. 8 in the country in scoring offense at 81.8 ppg. The school record for points per game in a season is 83.2 set by the 1992-93 team.
The Buckeyes lead the conference and are ninth nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.4.
Kelsey Mitchell (25.6 ppg) and Ameryst Alston (21.3 ppg) make up the top-scoring back court in the country.
Mitchell made a school-record nine three-pointers in the game against Minnesota on Jan. 15.
Alexa Hart leads the B1G with 68 blocks and a 60.1 shooting percent.
A Quick Look At Penn State
Penn State graduated its second-winningest class last spring and has struggled to get on track this season as it has dropped 13 of its first 16 contests, including all five of its B1G games.
The senior class accounted for 75 percent of the team's scoring last season. This season, Lindsey Spann leads the way at 15.3 points per game. She has made a team-high 20 three-pointers and has 56 assists.
Guard Sierra Moore leads the squad with 59 assists and is averaging better than 11 points per contest.
The Nittany Lions three wins this season have come over Towson, Wagner and Rider.
Head coach Coquese Washington is in her eighth season at Penn State and she is the reigning three-time B1G Coach of the Year. Washington has amassed 145 wins in her career at Penn State.
Series History vs. Penn State
Sunday's matchup will be the 59th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Penn State.
Penn State is one of just two Big Ten teams (Nebraska) that Ohio State has a losing record to as the Nittany Lions lead the all-time series 36-22.
Ohio State's win in the B1G Tournament last season stopped a five-game losing streak to Penn State.
The teams have met in the B1G Tournament in three out of the last four years with Ohio State winning twice.
The Buckeyes' best streak came from 2005 to 2011 when OSU won 13 of the 14 meetings.
McGuff vs. Penn State
Head coach Kevin McGuff holds a 2-3 record all-time against Penn State.
He was 1-2 against the Nittany Lions in his first season at Ohio State after splitting a home-and-home series with Penn State while coaching at Xavier.
The McGuff led Musketeers dropped a 73-66 decision in overtime at Penn State in 2006 and then topped PSU 72-68 in Cincinnati in 2007.
Last Year vs. Penn State
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions squared-off three times last year with Penn State winning two of the three meetings.
Ohio State's lone victory however, may have been its best win of the year.
After losing the two regular season meetings by 20 and 22 points, Ohio State shot 72 percent in the first of the B1G Tournament quarterfinal matchup and would go on to score a B1G Tournament record 99 points in a 99-82 victory.
Ameryst Alston scored 33 points and Cait Craft had a career-high 24 points.
The Nittany Lions won the first regular season meeting in Happy Valley 66-42 by dominating the glass 54-36 and scoring 36 points in the paint compared to just 18 for the Buckeyes. Alston led the Buckeyes with 12 points in that game.
The second meeting came in Columbus on Feb. 9. Penn State turned what was just a two-point halftime lead into a 74-54 victory by holding Ohio State to just 7-of-28 shooting in the second half. Maggie Lucas scored a game-high 23 points while Alston and Raven Ferguson each had 16 points for the Buckeyes.
Last Time Out
Ohio State freshman Kelsey Mitchell made a school-record nine three-pointers but No. 23 Minnesota didn't give an inch down the stretch and held on for a 76-72 victory last Thursday.
Mitchell scored a game-high 36 points and also had team-highs of seven rebounds and seven assists. However, the Cincinnati, Ohio native fouled-out with 1:11 left which was a blow to the Buckeyes' comeback effort.
Junior Ameryst Alston found her spot in the middle of the Minnesota zone and scored 18 points. She pulled-down six rebounds and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.
Freshman Alexa Hart tied Mitchell with seven rebounds to go along with her eight points and game-high five blocks.
The Gophers were 17-of-20 in the second half from the free throw line and out-rebounded the Buckeyes 60-40 for the game. Those two stats allowed Minnesota to hold the upper hand after taking the lead for good with 12:24 to go.
Shae Kelley had a career-night for the Gophers, notching career-highs of 29 points and 18 rebounds. Mikayla Bailey also had a double-double with a season-high 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Ohio State led by one at halftime and the score stayed close for the first eight minutes of the second half. An 11-2 Gopher run over a four-minute span took what was a 46-44 Buckeye lead and turned into a 55-48 advantage for Minnesota with nine minutes to play.
The Buckeyes cut the lead to 59-57 with five minutes to go on Mitchell's eighth three-pointer but again, Minnesota answered with a 6-0 run to push the lead back out to eight. Mitchell's record ninth three-pointer knifed the lead to 69-66 with 1:27 to play but the Gophers were 3-of-3 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the free throw line over the final four minutes to hold-off the Buckeyes.