Feb. 28, 2015
Ohio State at #23 Nebraska
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015 | Time: 5:00
p.m. ET | Venue: Pinnacle Bank Arena
| Location: Lincoln,
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
Online Coverage: Live Video | Live
Stats | Game Notes |
Setting the Scene
The Buckeyes close the regular season with its only meeting against Nebraska on Sunday in Lincoln.
Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. from Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Ohio State (20-9, 12-5) has won three-straight after beating Penn State 88-70 last Thursday. The Buckeyes are currently tied for third in the B1G standings.
Nebraska (20-8, 10-7) had dropped four of five games before rebounding with a win over Indiana and a thumping of Minnesota last Tuesday.
The game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. Kevin Kugler and Brenda VanLengen 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??
Ohio State has had 20 or more assists in a game six times this season, including in each of the last three games. The Buckeyes are 6-0 in those games.
The Buckeyes have scored 50 or more points in a half seven times this season and are 6-0 in those games.
Alexa Hart is second in the B1G with 106 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 700 points as she is at 708 points. She is fifth on the OSU single-season point list.
Kelsey Mitchell (24.4 ppg) and Ameryst Alston (20.5 ppg) make up the top-scoring back court in the country.
Alston has scored 98 points, made 16 three-pointers and has dished-out 28 assists in the last four games.
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 80.6 ppg.
The Buckeyes lead the conference and are seventh nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.4.
A Quick Look At Nebraska
After winning the B1G Tournament a year ago, the Cornhuskers have had quite the up-and-down season this year.
Nebraska won 10 of its 11 non-conference games with the only loss coming at Alabama.
It then opened conference play with back-to-back losses to Minnesota and Maryland before winning seven of the next eight.
Leading scorer Rachel Theriot then suffered a season-ending ankle injury and the Huskers lost four of five.
But they seemed to have gotten back on track with a 74-50 victory over Minnesota last Tuesday.
Theriot was averaging 16.5 points and had dished-out 109 assists in 21 games before her injury.
Tear'a Laudermill has stepped up in her absence is scoring 13.9 ppg while leading the team in steals and three-pointers made.
Inside, Emily Cady leads the way with 12.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest.
Head coach Connie Yori was the consensus National Coach of the Year in 2010 and has accumulated over 260 wins in 13 seasons at Nebraska.
Series History vs. Nebraska
Sunday's game will be just the 12th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Nebraska.
The Huskers have won seven of the 11 meetings including each of the last five.
Ohio State has won just once in four tries in Lincoln, a 69-65 victory in 2008.
The Buckeyes are just 1-5 against the Huskers since they joined the conference in 2011.
Last year, Nebraska won the only meeting 67-59 in Columbus.
McGuff vs. Nebraska
Head coach Kevin McGuff is 0-2 in his meetings with Nebraska.
He lost 61-58 in the opening round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in College Park, Md., when he was coaching at Xavier.
He then lost in his only meeting last season.
Last Time vs. Nebraska
Rachel Theriot scored 26 points and Jordan Hooper had 24 to spark a late rally that pushed No. 17 Nebraska to a 67-59 victory over Ohio State on February 20, 2014 in Columbus.
Ohio State led 52-44 with 8:02 left, but the Cornhuskers put together a 17-0 run, holding the Buckeyes scoreless until just 43 seconds remained. Then Theriot hit six free throws to ice the game.
Emily Cady and Hailie Sample pulled down 11 rebounds apiece for Nebraska, which also made 13 of 16 free throws. Ohio State was just 2 of 4 from the line.
Ameryst Alston tied a then career-high with 31 points for Ohio State, which lost its fifth-straight game. Amy Scullion added 10 points and six rebounds.
Last Time Out
A good start to the second half provided Ohio State the cushion it needed Thursday night as the Buckeyes won their third-straight game, knocking-off Penn State 88-70.
The turning point tonight came at the onset of the second half. The Buckeyes reeled-off eight-straight points to turn a six-point halftime lead into a 44-30 advantage. The Lady Lions were never able to get any closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Ameryst Alston continued her torrid play as she led all scorers with 23 points. She made four three-pointers and dished-out seven assists.
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell finished the night with 18 points and six assists. She made three three-pointers which gives her 107 on the season. That sets a new OSU single-season record, breaking Caity Matter's previous record of 106 which she set during the 2002-03 season.
Shayla Cooper was 8-of-13 from the floor to finish with 16 points and had a season-high three steals.
Cait Craft hit four three-pointers and finished with 12 points while Alexa Hart chipped-in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Penn State was led by Sierra Moore who scored 18 points. Candice Agee finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The game lacked a bit of emotion at the start but a 9-0 run for the Buckeyes midway through opened up the scoring. Alston hit a pair of three-pointers and scored as time was winding down to give the Buckeyes a 36-30 edge at the break.
Alston led all scorers in the first half with 14 points. The Buckeyes shot just 36.8 percent in the opening half but forced 10 PSU turnovers and converted them into 10 points which helped them build a lead.
The run early in the set half set the tone for the rest of the game. A Moore jumper cut the lead to 63-54 with 9:20 to play but Cooper answered with a pair of buckets to push the lead right back. The Buckeyes scored 52 points in the second half. That pace didn't allow the Lady Lions to get back into the game.
Buckeyes At A Glance
Ohio State heads into the final regular season game with an eye on a top-four seed in the next week's B1G Tournament in Hoffman Estates.
The Buckeyes are tied for third in the conference with an 12-5 record.
Overall, Ohio State is 20-9 and has won nine of its last 11 since dropping back-to-back games against Michigan and Minnesota.
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell and junior guard Ameryst Alston make up the best scoring back court in the country.
Mitchell is second in the country in scoring at 24.4 ppg. She is also tops in the country in three-pointers made with 107. Her 104 threes have also set an OSU single-season school-record.
Alston is averaging 20.5 points per contest which is third in the B1G. She has scored 98 points and has 28 assists in the last four games.
Sophomore transfer Shayla Cooper has notched double-doubles in three of the last six games and is averaging 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest.
Freshman Alexa Hart has really come on during B1G play. She is averaging 11.4 points and 8.7 rebounds this season and leads the team with nine double-doubles. She has blocked an OSU freshman record 106 shots and has scored in double-figures in six of the last seven games.
Junior Cait Craft hit four three-pointers in the win at Penn State and has made at least one three in the last 11 games. She has notched 10 or more points in four of the last six contests and is also getting the job done defensively as she is second on the team with 45 steals.
The team was crippled by injuries in the month of October as three players -- Mykala Waterman, Chelsea Mitchell and Kianna Holland -- all suffered ACL injuries.