PREVIEW: No. 7/6 Ohio State vs. Ashland
Nov. 4, 2016
#7/6 Ohio State vs. Ashland
Date: November 6, 2015 | Venue: Value City Arena | Location: Columbus, Ohio | Time: 1 p.m.
- Ohio State will host in-state foe Ashland in its lone exhibition game of the season on Sunday.
- Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m.
- The Ohio State men's team will also play an exhibition game following the women's game at 4 p.m. against Walsh.
Noting The Buckeyes
- The Buckeyes return three starters and eight letterwinners from a team that made the programs' first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance since 2011.
- Ohio State is ranked in the top-10 of every preseason poll including No. 7 in the AP poll and No. 6 in the coaches poll.
- Junior Kelsey Mitchell returns as arguably one of the best players in women's basketball. She enters the year with 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.
- Ohio State possesses three of the top transfers in the game in Stephanie Mavunga, Sierra Calhoun and Linnae Harper. 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 McDonald's 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.
- 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.
- Ashland is ranked No. 5 in the 2016-17 WBCA NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll and received one first place vote
- The Eagles were picked to win their sixth GLIAC South Division championship this year
- In 2015-16, Ashland finished 31-2 overall, and won the GLIAC Tournament, regular-season and South Division titles.
- The program's 144 victories in the last five seasons are the most in NCAA Division II women's basketball over that span
- Junior forwards Andi Daugherty and Laina Snyder earned spots on the 2016-17 GLIAC preseason all-conference team. Daugherty averaged 15.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in 2015-16. Snyder averaged 15.1 points and 9.2 boards a night and set a school record with 102 steals last season