Preview: Ohio State vs. Ursuline
Oct. 30, 2015
Setting The Scene
From Young To Old
#10 Ohio State vs. Ursuline
Date: November 1, 2015 | Time: 2 p.m. ET | Venue: Value City Arena | Location: Columbus, Ohio
Setting The Scene
- The Buckeyes host in-state foe Ursuline in its lone exhibition game of the season this Sunday, Nov. 1.
- Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Value City Arena.
- There will be no TV or live video of the game.
- Live stats will be available through OhioStateBuckeyes.com
- Ursuline is an NCAA Division II school located in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
- The Arrows are coming off an 8-21 2015 season that saw the them finish fifth in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
- Ursuline was picked fifth the G-MAC Pre-Season Coaches Poll released.
- The Arrows averaged 68.9 points per game last year and Erica Huber will be the returning leading scorer at 10.5 points per game. Camryn Hill averaged 6.3 points per game along with 5.8 rebounds in her first season while Camille Gist added 5.8 points per game and three rebounds last year.
- Ohio State returns all five starters and eight of its nine letterwinners from last season.
- The Buckeyes return all but 32 of their school-record 2,836 points as well as all but 36 of their 1,420 rebounds from last year.
- Kelsey Mitchell was the first player to lead the country in scoring as a freshman last season and she was named the USBWA and ESPNW National Freshman of the Year.
- OSU opens the year ranked 10th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the first time beginning a season ranked since the start of the 2012-13 season when they were ranked 19/21.
- This will be the third season in a row that Ohio State has opened the season on the road and the fourth-straight away from Columbus.
- The Buckeyes were fourth in the country in scoring last season at 81.0 points per game.
From Young To Old
- Last year, the Buckeyes entered the season with just four players on the roster who has played in a collegiate game the previous year. This year is a different story.
- Ohio State returns eight of its nine letterwinners from last season and all but 32 of its school-record 2,836 points.
- The Buckeyes have five upperclassmen on the roster in seniors Ameryst Alston and Cait Craft along with juniors Lisa Blair, Shayla Cooper and Kalpana Beach.
- Ohio State returns all five of its starters from last year. Sophomores Kelsey Mitchell and Asia Doss both started every game last year as freshman while fellow sophomore Alexa Hart started all but three games.
- Ohio State has elected three players as team captains this year -- seniors Ameryst Alston and Cait Craft along with redshirt-freshman Kianna Holland.
- Holland’s nomination is rather impressive as she has yet to play a collegiate game. She is well respected amongst her teammates and has a strong influence on the team both on and off the court. Holland joined the Buckeyes in January of 2014.
- For Alston, this is her second-straight season being named a team captain. She has averaged better than 19 points per game each of the last two years.
- Craft has been one of the Buckeye’s pillars over the last two years as she has started 70-straight games entering the season.
- The Buckeyes will undoubtedly have one of the toughest schedules in 2015-16.
- Ohio State will play all four teams that went to the Final Four last season, including two of them right out of the gate.
- OSU opens the year at South Carolina and then will host Connecticut in the home-opener in game 2.
- The Bucks then travel to Notre Dame on Dec. 2 for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge before taking on Maryland in a home-and-home series during Big Ten Conference play.
- In all, the Buckeyes will face 14 teams that went to the postseason last year, including 12 NCAA Tournament teams.
- Senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell were both voted to the preseason All-Big Ten team by the coaches and the media.
- Mitchell was also named the Preseason Player of the Year in both polls.
- As a team, the Buckeyes were picked to finish second behind defending champion Maryland in both polls. The last time the Buckeyes were picked to finish second or better was in 2010 when they were chosen to win the conference.
- Over the last 11 years, a Buckeye has been tabbed preseason Player of the Year eight times, including Jantel Lavender who was picked to win the award in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
- This was Alston’s second-consecutive preseason All-Big Ten award. She was named first team All-Big Ten each of the last two years after averaging better than 19 ppg each year.
- Mitchell was one of just two players on the 10-person team that was a unanimous selection in both polls.
- Mitchell is just the second sophomore to be tabbed preseason Player of the Year, joining Lavender in 2008.