Jan. 28, 2015
Ohio State at Wisconsin
Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 | Time: 9:00
p.m. ET | Venue: Kohl Center | Location: Madison, Wisc.
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
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Setting the Scene
Ohio State eyes its third three-game winning streak of the season on Thursday when it travels to Madison, Wisc., to take on the Badgers in the only regular season meeting between the two teams.
Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET from the Kohl Center.
Ohio State (13-7, 5-3) is coming off a thrilling overtime comeback victory last Sunday at Purdue when Kelsey Mitchell scored a Mackey Arena record 37 points.
Wisconsin (7-12, 3-6) is in the throes of a three-game losing skid. Like Ohio State, the Badgers last win came at Purdue which was back on Jan. 15.
The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Eric Collins and Shelley Till will have the call.
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 five 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 tied for seventh nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.6.
Kelsey Mitchell (25.9 ppg) and Ameryst Alston (20.8 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 75 blocked shots.
A Quick Look At Wisconsin
The Badgers come into the game on a three-game losing streak and have an overall record of 7-12 and 3-5 in the conference.
Wisconsin has B1G wins over Michigan, Penn State and at Purdue.
UW lost five in a row at the beginning of the season and then bounced-back to win four of the next five, including a win at Florida.
Nicole Bauman tops the team in scoring at 12.9 points per game and has dished-out a team-high 70 assists.
UConn transfer and 2014 All-B1G Michala Johnson averaged 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds over the first six games of the season before suffering an ACL injury.
Jacki Gulczynski is the only play on the team to have started all 19 games. She averages 9.1 points per game.
Head coach Bobbie Kelsey is in her fourth season at the helm of the program. One of her assistant coaches is former Buckeye guard Alysiah Bond (1992-95).
Series History vs. Wisconsin
The Buckeyes have a 46-18 edge in the all-time series with Wisconsin.
Wisconsin has won two of the last three meetings in the series.
Prior to that, the Buckeyes had won 20 in-a-row dating back to the 2001-02 season.
Ohio State holds a 17-11 edge in games played in Madison but have dropped the last two games in the Kohl Center by an average of 15 points.
McGuff vs. Wisconsin
This is head coach Kevin McGuff third-straight season making a trip to Madison where he holds a record of 1-1 against Wisconsin.
He led Washington to a 60-55 victory in Madison on Nov. 21, 2012 and then dropped an 82-71 decision in Madison last year with the Buckeyes.
Last Year vs. Wisconsin
Ohio State fell at Wisconsin 82-71, at the Kohl Center on Feb. 2, 2014.
Raven Ferguson led the Buckeyes with 17 points off the bench while Darryce Moore enjoyed a solid game on the interior with 15 points and eight rebounds.
The Buckeyes had opportunities, but shot only 38 percent and missed several high-percentage shots.
Ohio State's defense forced 17 turnovers and recorded 13 steals, but only managed 13 points off turnovers on the offensive end.
Wisconsin used a 17-4 run in the first half to open up a 36-28 halftime lead.
The Buckeyes cut the lead in half right out of the locker room but UW's Taylor Wurtz quickly answered with a three-pointer at the other end to push the lead back to seven and hit a second three 3 minutes later to cap a 10-0 run to push UW's lead to 49-34 with 16:11 left.
Ohio State would never really threaten the rest of the way.
Craft finished the game with 11 points and Ameryst Alston scored 10.
Jacki Gulczynski and Michala Johnson each scored 21 points to lead the Badgers.
Last Time Out
Ohio State freshman Kelsey Mitchell scored 31 of her Mackey Arena record 37 points after halftime to lead to the Buckeyes to a 79-71 overtime victory over Purdue.
Mitchell struggled from the floor in the first half and had just six points at the break. But she put the team on her back in the second half. At one point, the Buckeyes were in a 12-pioint hole and Mitchell scored 13 of the next 20 for Ohio State to give the Buckeyes a 59-58 lead with under five minutes to play.
Ohio State led by three with under a minute to go but an Ashley Morrissette three-pointer from the corner with 47 seconds left in regulation evened the score at 64-64. After a frantic final seconds on the Purdue end didn't lead to a make, the teams headed to overtime.
In overtime, the Buckeyes scored the first six points and was never really threated in the extra frame.
Mitchell made four three-pointers and was 13-of-14 from the free throw line. This was her fifth game of 30 or more points this season.
Sophomore Shayla Cooper also had a solid game for the Buckeyes, finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds. Junior Ameryst Alston added 13 points while Alexa Hart had eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
Whitany Bays led the Boilermakers with 22 points and a game-high 19 rebounds.
A 15-2 run in the second half gave Purdue its largest lead of the game at 51-39 with 11:39 to play. The Buckeyes countered with a 16-4 run, led by Mitchell, to retake the lead with five minutes to go.
500 Points In First Season
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell was the first player in the country to reach 500 points this season.
Just two freshman in school history have scored 500 points in their first year on campus.
Katy Smith holds the freshman record for points at 578 in the 1992-93 season.
Jantel Lavender also reached the 500-point mark in her rookie season as she scored 547 points in 2007-08.