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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The complete 2016-17 Ohio State women’s basketball schedule was been announced by the Big Ten office on Monday. The Buckeyes will play 18 of its 30 regular season games at home including the opener at St. John Arena. Game times and TV assignments will be announced at a later date.
Noting the 2016-17 Schedule
The Buckeyes will play 18 of its scheduled 30 regular season games at home.
Ohio State will open the season on Friday, Nov. 11 at home against Duquesne inside St. John Arena. This game was added to the previously released non-conference schedule. Since moving its home games to Value City Arena prior to the 1998-99 season, Ohio State has played 27 games in St. John Arena and are 25-2 in those games. Overall. Ohio State has a record of 264-65 in 28 seasons at St. John Arena for a winning percentage over .802.
Last season, Ohio State was the only team in the country to play the top-3 ranked teams in the country. The Buckeyes could potentially do the same this season. OSU is scheduled play South Carolina at home on Nov. 14 and UConn in Hartford on Dec. 19. A meeting with Baylor is also possible if they two teams were both to advance to the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase over Thanksgiving weekend. All three teams were ranked in the top-six throughout the 2015-16 season.
The Big Ten schedule will consist of only 16 games this season after having played an 18-game schedule each of the past two seasons.
Ohio State’s only meeting with two-time defending Big Ten champion Maryland will be in Columbus on Monday, Feb. 20.
Noting the 2016-17 Buckeyes
The Buckeyes return three starters and eight letterwinners from a team that made the programs’ first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance since 2011
Junior Kelsey Mitchell returns as arguably one of the best players in women’s basketball. She has scored 1,762 points in her career which already puts her ninth on the OSU career scoring list. She was a unanimous first team All-American last season as a sophomore and the Big Ten Co-Player of the Year as a freshman.
The Buckeyes have had at least one first team All-Big Ten honoree in each of the last 12 seasons. That is the longest streak of any school in the Big Ten. Mitchell received the honor each of the last two seasons.
Transfers Stephanie Mavunga, Sierra Calhoun and Linnae Harper will all be eligible to play this season after fulfilling the NCAA transfer requirements last season. Mavunga and Calhoun can begin playing at the start of the season while Harper can start after the end of the fall semester on Dec. 15. Mavunga was a first team All-ACC performer at North Carolina and will have two years of eligibility left. Calhoun started Duke’s first 13 games of the 2014-15 season as a true freshman and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. Harper played two seasons at Kentucky and was an All-SEC Defensive Team honoree in 2015.
Along with the transfers, Ohio State signed three of the top 31 players in the 2016 class. Center Tori McCoy (Champaign, Ill.) was ranked No. 8 in the class. She was a McDonalds All-American and played in the Jordan Brand Classic. Point guard Kiara Lewis (Chicago, Ill.), who also played in the Jordan Brand Classic, was ranked No. 22 in the 2016 class. Guard Jensen Caretti (Clarington, Ohio) was named Miss Basketball in the state of Ohio last year and ranked No. 31.
Linnae Harper was part of the USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship team and was named the tournament’s MVP. She will compete in the World 3x3 Championships this October in China.
Kevin McGuff enters his fourth season with the Buckeyes and his 15th overall as a head coach. He has a career record of 322-136 (.703) and 67-37 (.644) with the Buckeyes. McGuff led Ohio State back to the NCAA Sweet 16 last season, marking the second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance of his career.