Buckeyes Taking Their Show On The Road To Purdue

Jan. 23, 2015

Ohio State at Purdue

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015  |  Time: 2:00 p.m. ET  |  Venue: Mackey Arena  |  Location: West Lafayette, Ind.

Radio: ESPN 1460AM 

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Setting the Scene

  • Ohio State will take its show on the road as its starts a two-game road trip on Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind., against the Purdue Boilermakers.
  • Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Mackey Arena.
  • Ohio State (12-7, 4-3) comes into the game off a 69-60 victory last Sunday at home over Penn State.
  • Purdue (10-9, 3-5) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 90-88 overtime victory at No. 21 Minnesota last Thursday.
  • 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??

  • Kelsey Mitchell is one of just four players in the country averaging more than 20 points and four assists per game.
  • Ohio State is No. 8 in the country in scoring offense at 81.1 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 eighth nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.5.
  • Kelsey Mitchell (25.3 ppg) and Ameryst Alston (21.2 ppg) make up the top-scoring back court in the country.
  • Mitchell has made five or more three-pointers in a game six times this season.
  • Alexa Hart leads the B1G with 71 blocked shots.

    A Quick Look At Purdue

  • After losing four-straight, Purdue picked-up one of its best wins of the season last Thursday with a 90-88 overtime victory at No. 21 Minnesota.
  • The win was the 10th of the season for the Boilermakers and improves them to 3-5 in the conference.
  • Purdue won its B1G opener over Illinois but had dropped five of six before beating Minnesota.
  • Transfer Whitney Bays and Ashley Morrissette are the two Boilers averaging in double figures as Bays tops the team at 15.5 ppg. Morrissette is averaging 11.8 ppg and has made a team-high 33 three-pointers.
  • Bays is also the team's top rebounder at 10.4 per contest. She has 12 double-doubles this year which is one shy of matching the Purdue single-season record.
  • Head coach Sharon Versyp, a Purdue graduate, is in her ninth season at the helm of her alma mater. She has a record of 193-97 at Purdue and has registered over 300 career victories as a head coach.

    Series History vs. Purdue

  • Sunday's matchup will be the 70th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Purdue.
  • The Buckeyes hold a 41-28 edge in the series.
  • The two teams split two meetings last season with each winning on its home floor.
  • Ohio State has a slim 16-15 edge in games played in West Lafayette.

    McGuff vs. Purdue

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 1-1 against Purdue.
  • He guided the Buckeyes to a split with the Boilermakers in his first season last year.

    Last Year vs. Purdue

  • The Buckeyes and Boilermakers split the season series last year with each team holding serve at home.
  • Ohio State claimed an 89-78 upset of them No. 17/19 Purdue in Columbus on Jan. 2, 2014.
  • Offensively, the Buckeyes had five players post double-digit points led by Martina Ellerbe and Ameryst Alston with 19 points each followed by Cait Craft with 15 points and Darryce Moore with 14 points, respectively.
  • Ashley Adams also helped out off the bench with 10 points vs. the Boilermakers.
  • The Scarlet and Gray controlled the boards throughout the entire contest, outrebounding the Boilermakers, 38-29, while collecting a 25-16 lead in points off turnovers.
  • Ohio State held onto a double-digit lead for the final nine minutes of competition after Purdue secured a 39-37 lead at half.
  • Purdue got its revenge in West Lafayette with a resounding 74-58 victory on Feb. 7, 2014.
  • Ameryst Alston once again led the Buckeyes offensively with 26 points while playing all 40 minutes. Raven Ferguson scored 13 off the bench.
  • The Buckeyes shot 35 percent from the field, including 4 of 17 from 3-point range.
  • The difference in the game was Ohio State's 16 turnovers that led to 26 Boilermaker points.
  • After a 10-1 run helped Purdue build a halftime lead, the Boilermakers opened up a 41-28 lead to start the second half.
  • Ohio State would get as close as seven but the Buckeyes were never able to sustain any offensive momentum.

    Last Time Out

  • Ohio State got 21 points from freshman Kelsey Mitchell and a double-double from fellow freshman Alexa Hart to outlast Penn State 69-60 last Sunday at Value City Arena.
  • One game after hitting a school-record nine three-pointers, Mitchell connected on five more from long range to finish with a game-high 21 points.
  • Hart grabbed 15 rebounds on the afternoon, including nine on the offensive end. She scored 11 points for her fifth double-double and also swatted three shots.
  • Junior Ameryst Alston was the third Buckeye in double-figures with 18 points.
  • Penn State (3-15, 0-7 B1G) also had three players in double-figures led by Sierra Moore with 16 points. Candice Agee recorded a double-double with 11 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds.
  • The Buckeyes shot under 40 percent for the second-straight game (35.8 percent) but they won the rebounding battle and made the most of PSU's 17 turnovers, converting them into 17 points.
  • A Cait Craft three-pointer from the corner sent the Buckeyes to the locker room with a 36-30 edge. Ohio State then shoved the lead out to 16 points early in the second half on a pair of three-pointers from Mitchell and one from Asia Doss.
  • PSU cut the lead to six at one point but Alston scored six-straight Buckeye points to quell the Nittany Lions' momentum.