Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Amber Stokes is one of three starters returning for Ohio State.
Nov. 6, 2012
Press Conference Video
#7/6 Notre Dame (0-0) vs. #19/21 Ohio State (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
4 p.m. ET
USS Yorktown - Charleston, S.C.
TV: NBC Sports Network (Dave Strader, Swin Cash)
Radio: ESPN 1460 AM (Marty Bannister, Kristin Watt) & Dial Global Sports (John Tautges, Debbie Antonelli)
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Setting the Stage
No. 19/21 Ohio State will open the 2012-13 season in style Friday when its takes on No. 7/6 Notre Dame, the 2012 NCAA runner-up, in the Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier in Charleston, S.C.
The game will mark the first outdoor game in Ohio State program history and will be aired live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) at 4 p.m. ET. On the call will be Dave Strader and Swin Cash. The game also can be heard live on ESPN 1460 AM in Columbus and on Dial Global Sports radio (Sirius/XM).
A Glance at the 2012-13 Buckeyes
After winning 25 games with the youngest team in the Big Ten last season, the Buckeye women's basketball team will welcome a nice mixture of experience and youth on its 2012-13 roster as Ohio State looks to win its seventh Big Ten title in nine years advance to its 11th consecutive NCAA tournament under 11th-year head coach Jim Foster.
Gone is Big Ten Player of the Year and WNBA first rounder Samantha Prahalis, a four-year starter who left as the Big Ten's all-time assists leader. However, the Buckeyes bring back three starters and 11 letterwinners who are ready to step in and fill the void.
Highlighting the list of returnees is unanimous first team All-Big Ten performer Tayler Hill, a senior guard who led the Big Ten with 20.4 points per game last season. Hill also earned Big Ten all-defensive team honors and is one of the most versatile guards in the country who can play the point or off the ball.
Returning alongside Hill in the backcourt is fifth-year senior guard Amber Stokes, who was the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year while also contributing 7.5 points on the offensive end. Stokes also can play the point if needed. Last season she dished out seven assists and scored 14 points in 35 minutes running the point in a win over Indiana when Prahalis was out of the lineup. Sophomore Maleeka Kynard also spelled time at the point last season as a freshman and showed nice range as a shooter. Whether someone emerges or Foster chooses to play the point by committee, Ohio State's backcourt should be in good hands.
Also returning in the backcourt and a likely candidate to start this season is sophomore Raven Ferguson, who averaged 4.1 points in her rookie season, and Shelbi Honeycutt, who should see increased playing time in her second year. Newcomers to the Buckeye roster include freshmen guards Ameryst Alston, a two-time Ohio Ms. Basketball honoree, and Cait Craft, the 2012 Ohio Division III Player of the Year and younger sister of Aaron Craft on the OSU men's basketball team.
The Buckeyes suffered a setback in the preseason to their frontcourt when sophomore Kalpana Beach suffered a knee injury that will force her to miss the season. But back to anchor the middle will be junior center Ashley Adams, who averaged 7.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season, and was a honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. Other candidates looking to fill the void will include senior forward Emilee Harmon, junior center Aleksandra Dobranic, junior forwards Darryce Moore and Martina Ellerbe and sophomore Amy Scullion. The Buckeyes also added some height to their roster with the signing of 6-6 center Lisa Blair from Brooklyn, N.Y.
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