Buckeyes Try To Keep Momentum Going At Penn State
Ohio State at Penn State
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 | Time: 7:00 p.m. ET | Venue: Bryce Jordan Center | Location: University Park, Pa.
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
Setting the Scene
- The Buckeyes start their final road trip of the regular season on Thursday when it heads to University Park, Pa., to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.
- Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. from the Bryce Jordan Center.
- Ohio State (19-9, 11-5) closed-out the home portion of its schedule with a 100-82 upset of No. 11 Iowa. That put the Buckeyes into a tie for third in the B1G Standings heading into the final week.
- Penn State (6-21, 3-13) has dropped six of its last seven games after winning back-to-back games over Indiana and Northwestern last month.
- 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??
- Alexa Hart has a .706 shooting percentage over the last eight games (48-of-68).
- Alexa Hart is second in the B1G with 103 blocked shots and is also second on the OSU single-season blocks list.
- The Buckeyes had three players record a double-double in the win over Iowa on Feb. 21.
- Kelsey Mitchell is the first player in the country to score 600 points as she is at 690 points. She is fifth on the OSU single-season point list.
- Kelsey Mitchell (24.6 ppg) and Ameryst Alston (20.4 ppg) make up the top-scoring back court in the country.
- Alston averaged 27.5 points and 9.5 assists in the two wins against Purdue and No. 11 Iowa.
- 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 80.3 ppg.
- The Buckeyes lead the conference and are seventh nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.5.
A Quick Look At Penn State
- Penn State graduated its second-winningest class last spring and has not enjoyed the type of season Penn State fans have become accustomed to.
- The senior class last season accounted for 75 percent of the team's scoring.
- The Nittany Lions come into the game having dropped six of its last seven after winning back-to-back games over Indiana and Northwestern.
- Lindsey Spann leads the team in scoring 14.3 points per game. She has made a team-high 35 three-pointers and has 85 assists.
- Guard Sierra Moore leads the squad with 102 assists and is averaging nearly 11.5 points per contest.
- Candice Agee is the third Nittany Lion averaging in double-figures at 10.5 ppg. She is also grabbing more than six rebounds per game.
- Head coach Coquese Washington is in her eighth season at Penn State and she is the reigning three-time B1G Coach of the Year. Washington has amassed 148 wins in her career at Penn State.
Series History vs. Penn State
- Thursday's matchup will be the 60th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Penn State.
- Penn State is one of just two Big Ten teams (Nebraska) that Ohio State has a losing record to as the Nittany Lions lead the all-time series 36-23.
- Ohio State's win in the B1G Tournament last season stopped a five-game losing streak to Penn State.
- The teams have met in the B1G Tournament in three out of the last four years with Ohio State winning twice.
- The Buckeyes' best streak came from 2005 to 2011 when OSU won 13 of the 14 meetings.
- OSU has won the last two meetings, including a 69-60 victory in Columbus earlier this season.
- Ohio State is just 6-19 all-time in University Park and have not won there since Feb. 7, 2010.
McGuff vs. Penn State
- Head coach Kevin McGuff holds an even 3-3 record all-time against Penn State.
- He was 1-2 against the Nittany Lions in his first season at Ohio State after splitting a home-and-home series with Penn State while coaching at Xavier.
- The McGuff led Musketeers dropped a 73-66 decision in overtime at Penn State in 2006 and then topped PSU 72-68 in Cincinnati in 2007.
- He then guided the Buckeyes to a 69-60 win in the first meeting this season.
Last Time vs. Penn State
- Ohio State got 21 points from freshman Kelsey Mitchell and a double-double from fellow freshman Alexa Hart to outlast Penn State 69-60 on Jan. 18, 2015 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.
Last Time Out
- Ameryst Alston scored 20 of her game-high 29 points in the second half to lead Ohio State's second half charge in a 100-82 upset of No. 11 Iowa Saturday night at Value City Arena.
- Alston was one of three Buckeyes to record a double-double on the night. After tying her season-high with eight assists last game, Alston had a career-high 11 helpers on Saturday. She was also efficient when she shot the ball, going 10-of-16 from the floor, including a career-high tying 5-of-6 from long range.
- Freshman Alexa Hart notched her team-leading ninth double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds. She also blocked four shots, giving her 103 on the season.
- Sophomore Shayla Cooper came off the bench and posted her third double-double in the last five games. She scored 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished-out two assists.
- Freshman Kelsey Mitchell drew most of the Iowa defenders' attention and only took a season-low nine shots. But she was 3-of-6 from deep and 4-of-4 from the line for 17 points to go along with a pair of assists.
- The first half was mostly dominated by Iowa as they held the lead for most of the half. OSU countered a late Hawkeye run and would trail 48-45 at the break.
- The second half was all Buckeyes. Ohio State used a 21-4 run midway through the half to break the game open. That allowed the Buckeyes to cruise to the finish line and enjoy the cheers from the home fans for the final time.
- After scoring 17 points in the first half, Iowa's do-everything Samantha Logic was limited to just six points in the closing 20 minutes.
- OSU also held Iowa to just 31.6 percent shooting in the second half and just 1-of-12 from beyond the arc.