Feb. 16, 2015
Setting the Scene
The Buckeyes return to Value City Arena to host Purdue on Tuesday evening.
Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
Ohio State (17-8, 9-5) experienced no love in Champaign on Valentine's day in a 66-55 loss to Illinois. The Buckeyes are tied for fourth in the B1G with Northwestern and Minnesota.
Purdue (10-15, 3-11) comes into the game on a six-game losing streak after having lost at Rutgers last Saturday 78-49.
The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Frank Hanrahan and Katie Smith 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 the first player in the country to score 600 points as she is at 656 points. She is seventh on the OSU single-season point list.
Alexa Hart is second in the B1G with 97 blocked shots and is third on the OSU single-season blocks list.
Kelsey Mitchell (25.2 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.
Alston has 13 20-point games this season.
Mitchell and Alexa Hart are the highest scoring freshman combo in the country.
Ohio State is No. 9 in the country in scoring offense at 79.1 ppg.
The Buckeyes lead the conference and are eighth nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.3.
A Quick Look At Purdue
The Boilermakers have lost six-straight games and come into the contest with a record of 10-15 overall and 3-11 in the conference.
Purdue is coming off a 78-49 loss at Rutgers last Saturday.
The Boilermakers have played five overtime games this season with three of them coming in B1G play. They have a record of 1-4 in those games.
Transfer Whitney Bays and Ashley Morrissette are the two Boilers averaging in double figures as Bays tops the team at 14.6 ppg. Morrissette is averaging 11.0 ppg and has made a team-high 39 three-pointers.
Morrissette made a clutch three-pointer with under a minute to play in regulation to tie game in the first meeting with the Buckeyes.
Bays is also the team's top rebounder at 10.8 per contest. She has 14 double-doubles this year which is a new 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 193-103 at Purdue and has registered over 300 career victories as a head coach.
Series History vs. Purdue
Tuesday's matchup will be the 71st meeting all-time between Ohio State and Purdue.
The Buckeyes hold a 42-28 edge in the series.
The two teams split two meetings last season with each winning on its home floor.
The Buckeyes won the first meeting this season 79-71 in overtime in West Lafayette.
Ohio State has 21-8 lead in games played in Columbus.
McGuff vs. Purdue
Head coach Kevin McGuff is 2-1 against Purdue.
He guided the Buckeyes to a split with the Boilermakers in his first season last year and then knocked-off the Boilers in West Lafayette earlier this season.
Last Time vs. Purdue
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 on Jan. 25, 2015.
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.
Last Time Out
Nothing came easy for Ohio State on Saturday as it fell on the road to Illinois 66-55 at the State Farm Center.
Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes with 20 points while Kelsey Mitchell chipped-in with 19 points.
Alexa Hart grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds and scored eight points.
For Illinois, four players scored in double-figures led by Ivory Crawford's 18 points.
Chatrice White finished with a double-double down low of 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Buckeyes shot just 36 percent from the floor and committed 19 turnovers which led to 23 UI points.
The other glaring stat was the Illini led 40-31 on the boards and converted 12 offensive rebounds into 12 points. OSU had just three second chance points.
The first half was a push and pull battle. Both teams went on 7-0 runs and led by as many as five points at one point. The Buckeyes would have the last run and led 30-29 at the break.
Alston was the only Buckeye who enjoyed her opening 20 minutes as she was 6-of-10 from the floor for 14 points.
The second half started-out good for the Bucks as Mitchell scored five-straight points to put OSU in front 35-29.
Illinois then turned the tables with a 16-4 run over the next four minutes to take a 45-39 lead with 14:49 to play and the Illini wouldn't give up the lead the rest of the way.
The Buckeyes did get as close as one point at 54-53 on a Mitchell jumper with 6:03 to play but that would be the Buckeyes' last field goal of the contest. Illinois scored the final 12 points to walk away down the stretch.