Buckeyes Head To Illinois For Only Meeting

Feb. 13, 2015

Ohio State at Illinois

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015  |  Time: 4:00 p.m. ET  |  Venue: State Farm Center  |  Location: Champaign, Ill.

Radio: ESPN 1460AM 

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Setting the Scene

  • The Buckeyes head to Champaign, Ill. on Saturday for their only meeting of the regular season with the Illini.
  • Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. ET from the State Farm Center.
  • Ohio State (17-8, 9-4) is tied for third in the B1G with five games remaining. The Buckeyes are coming off a thrilling 77-73 come-from-behind victory over Michigan last Tuesday and have won six of their last seven.
  • Illinois (12-13, 3-10) has lost nine of its last 10 games including the last two games at Northwestern and Indiana. The Illini did had Iowa one of its two B1G losses this season.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
  • 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 the first player in the country to score 600 points as she is at 637 points. She passed Katie Smith, who had 578 points in 1992-93, for most points ever by an OSU freshman.
  • Ohio State starters average 169.6 of the 200 minutes per game.
  • Alexa Hart is second in the B1G with 95 blocked shots. Her 95 blocks are an OSU freshman record and are the fourth-most in a single-season.
  • Mitchell and Alexa Hart are the highest scoring freshman combo in the country.
  • Ohio State is No. 7 in the country in scoring offense at 80.0 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 6.4.
  • Kelsey Mitchell (25.5 ppg) and Ameryst Alston (19.8 ppg) make up the top-scoring back court in the country.
  • Mitchell and Alston are the only two set of teammates on the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List.
  • Mitchell has made five or more three-pointers in a game eight times this season.

    A Quick Look At Illinois

  • Illinois has had a bit of an up and down year and enter the game with a 12-13 record overall and a 3-10 mark in the conference.
  • The Illini started the year well with nine wins in the first 12 games including a win over No. 9 ranked Kentucky and an 86-63 thumping of Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
  • Conference play started with a loss to Purdue but the Illini then beat No. 17 Iowa. Since that game, Illinois has won just once in its last 10 games.
  • Ivory Crawford leads four players in double-figures at 15.5 points per game.
  • Chatrice White has blocked a team-best 54 shots and is second on the team in scoring at 14.6 ppg.
  • Kyley Simmons is the squad's best three-pointer shooter at 41 percent. She is averaging 10.1 ppg while Jacqui Grant checks in at 10.0 ppg and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game.
  • Head coach Matt Bollant is 40-47 in his third season at the helm. He took over the program and 2012-13, he guided the Illini to its first winning Big Ten record in 10 years.

    Series History vs. Illinois

  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Illinois 46-19.
  • Ohio State has won 10 of the last 12 meetings including last year's only contest.
  • The Buckeyes dominated the series in the 80s, winning 15-straight from 1982-89.
  • Illinois enjoyed its best run of success against the Buckeyes in the last 90s and early 2000s, winning 9 of 10 contests.
  • The Buckeyes are 16-13 in games played in Champaign and won the most recent meeting 64-53 in 2013.

    McGuff vs. Illinois

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff won his only meeting with Illinois, a 90-64 victory last year in Columbus.

    Last Time vs. Illinois

  • Ameryst Alston recorded career highs with 31 points and 10 assists and Raven Ferguson continued her stellar play off the bench with a career-high 24 points as the Buckeyes posted a 90-64 win over visiting Illinois on Jan. 30, 2014 at Value City Arena.
  • Alston was 9 of 13 from the field and 11 of 12 from the line.
  • Ferguson was equally impressive, hitting 7 of 11 and 8 of 10 from the stripe to go along with four assists.
  • The Buckeyes, however, were slow out of the gates and fell behind, 16-5, in the first five minutes. The Illini hit four quick 3-pointers to help build their early advantage.
  • Trailing 19-12, Alston scored the game's next nine points, followed by two Ferguson free throws, to take a 23-19 lead. The Buckeyes led by three, 35-32, with 3:40 left in the half and then finished the half strong with a 12-3 run the rest of the way to lead 47-35 at the break.
  • The second half was all Ohio State as the Buckeyes shot 61 percent from the field. The Illini would mount a small run midway through the second half behind Amber Moore (20 points) and Jacqui Grant (23), but never pulled closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
  • Ashley Adams also was strong again off the bench with 15 points on a perfect 7 of 7 from the field.
  • Martina Ellerbe scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds while classmate Darryce Moore scored eight.