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
Online Coverage: Live Video | Live
Stats | Game Notes |
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.