Complete 2015-16 Schedule Set
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Head coach Kevin McGuff, now in his third season at the helm of the Ohio State women’s basketball program, has announced the complete 2015-16 schedule.
Earlier this summer, the Buckeyes announced the non-conference portion of the schedule which was headlined by games against all four teams from last year’s Final Four. The Big Ten Conference then released Ohio State’s 18-game conference schedule on Thursday evening. Times and TV assignments will be announced at a later date.
After opening the year on the road at SEC Champion South Carolina on Nov. 13, the Buckeyes are set to host three-time defending National Champion Connecticut on Monday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. That game will be the first game of ESPN’s 24-hour College Hoops Marathon and will be shown on ESPN2.
A game against Belmont on Nov. 19 is followed by a game at against Wagner on Nov. 22. The game against Wagner will be played in historic St. John Arena. If the Buckeyes want to host an NCAA Tournament game in March, they must play at least one game in the host venue per NCAA rules, and St. John Arena will be that site.
Games against Liberty and Texas A&M as part of the South Point Shootout over the Thanksgiving weekend are followed by a trip to 2015 national runner-up Notre Dame for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 2. The Buckeyes will then head down I71 to face in-state rival Cincinnati on Dec. 6.
The rest of the non-conference slate will be played at home at Value City Arena against NC A&T (Dec. 13), Princeton (Dec. 18) and Virginia (Dec. 21).
Ohio State then opens Big Ten play on New Year’s Eve at home against Michigan State. The Buckeyes defeated Michigan State in the team’s only meeting last season.
Both games last year between Ohio State and Maryland were hotly-contested affairs. The Terrapins pulled-out a nine-point win in College Park during the regular season in both team’s first Big Ten contest of the year. Then in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, Maryland came away with a 77-74 victory after a back-and-forth slugfest. This year’s games should be just as good. The first game will be played in College Park on Saturday, Jan. 2 and then second meeting will be in Columbus on Monday, Feb. 8.
Ohio State will play home conference games in January against Indiana (Jan. 7), Rutgers (Jan. 10), Purdue (Jan. 17) and Northwestern (Jan. 28). The remaining portion of the January slate will be on the road at Northwestern (Jan. 14), Michigan (Jan. 21) and Rutgers (Jan. 24).
February opens with a trip to Illinois (Feb. 1) followed by home games with Wisconsin (Feb. 4) and Maryland. A tough two-game road trip at Iowa (Feb. 11) and Penn State (Feb. 14) precedes home games with Nebraska (Feb. 18) and Illinois (Feb. 21). The game against Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 14 will be Senior Day for seniors Ameryst Alston and Cait Craft.
The final two games of the regular season will be played on the road at Minnesota (Feb. 24) and at Michigan State (Feb. 27).
The Big Ten Tournament returns to Indianapolis and will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse from March 2-6.
Season tickets are on sale now, and 4 and 8 game ticket mini-plans go on sale Tuesday, September 1 at 10 a.m. Group tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 8 at 10 a.m. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets should contact the Athletic Ticket Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or AthleticSales@osu.edu for details and information.
The 2015-16 Women’s Basketball single game tickets go on sale on Wednesday, September 16 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, in person at the Athletic Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center, or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
NOTING THE BUCKEYES
- Ohio State returns all five starters and eight of nine letterwinners from last year’s team that went 24-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
- The Buckeyes were fourth in the country and first in the Big Ten last year in points per game at 81.0.
- This year, OSU will play all four teams from last year’s Final Four – South Carolina (Nov. 13), Connecticut (Nov. 16), Notre Dame (Dec. 2) and Maryland (Jan. 2 / Feb. 8).
- Sophomore Kelsey Mitchell was the first freshman to ever lead the country in scoring as she averaged 24.9 points and made an NCAA single-season record 127 three-pointers last year.
- Senior Ameryst Alston is a two-time first team All-Big Ten performer after averaging better than 19 points per game in each of the last two seasons.
- Senior Cait Craft has started all 35 games each of the last two seasons.
- Sophomore Alexa Hart led the team with 13 double-doubles last year and had four double-doubles while averaging nearly 18 points per game over the final five games of the season.