Ohio State Hosts St. Francis In Home Opener

Nov. 15, 2014

 Sunday, November 16, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Value City Arena 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Radio: ESPN 1460AM 
Television: BTN Plus
Online Coverage:  Live Stats  |  Game Notes  |  Twitter Updates
Promotions: Military Appreciation Day

Setting the Scene

  • Ohio State returns home to host St. Francis in the team's 2014-15 home opener.
  • Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes are coming off an 87-82 setback in the season-opener at Virginia last Friday. This will be St. Francis' first game of the season.
  • The game will be streamed live online for a fee on BTN Plus.
  • The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and for FREE on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

    What's Going On At The Schott

  • Sunday is Military Appreciation Day
  • Military members will receive discounted tickets when ordering tickets online using the promo code MILITARY. Cait Craft in the Hall of Fame Northwest Rotunda

    OSU In Home Openers

  • Ohio State has not lost a home opener since 1998, a streak of 15-straight victories.
  • The last loss was a 92-84 setback to Kentucky in 1998.
  • Last year, the Buckeyes survived a late rally by Florida Atlantic and held on for a 91-88 victory.

    McGuff in Openers

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is now 9-4 all-time in his career in season openers.
  • The Buckeyes dropped this year's season opener 87-82 at Virginia.
  • Mcguff went 7-2 at Xavier, which included wins over the likes of Louisville, Florida, Southern California and South Carolina, and went 1-1 at Washington.

    A Little Bit About St. Francis

  • St. Francis is playing its first game of the season on Sunday.
  • The Red Flash hosted California (Pa.) and Pitt-Johnstown in exhibition action over the last two weeks. SFU got 40 points from Alexa Hayward in a win over California (Pa.) and put up 111 points in an easy win over UPJ.
  • St. Francis has been the class of the Northeast Conference, winning 11 conference titles. That is more than double any other team in the league.
  • Joe Haigh is in his third season with the Red Flash. He has a record of 32-33 in his first two seasons and has led SFU to the NEC title game in each of his first two years.

    Series History vs. St. Francis

  • This will be just the third meeting all-time between Ohio State and St. Francis.
  • The Buckeyes won each of the previous two meetings, taking a 93-59 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and a 70-54 victory at The Schottenstein Center on Nov. 20, 2012.

    McGuff vs. The Red Flash

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 1-0 lifetime against St. Francis, winning 70-64 on New Year's Eve 2003 when he was coaching at Xavier.

    Last Time OUt

  • In a great back and forth battle down the stretch, Virginia was able to capitalize late and pulled out an 87-82 victory over Ohio State last Friday.
  • Junior guard Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes on the night with 27 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.
  • Freshman point guard Kelsey Mitchell rebounded from a slow start to finish with 26 points and four assists.
  • Fellow junior Cait Craft finished with 10 points in 39 minutes while freshman Alexa Hart added seven points and a team-high nine rebounds.
  • Asia Doss had seven points, seven rebounds and a team-high six assists in her first collegiate game.
  • For Virginia, Sarah Imovbioh led the way with 18 points and 24 rebounds. Faith Randolph had 25 points and five assists.
  • The game featured nine ties and 18 lead changes, most of them in the second half. Virginia led 51-40 on the boards and took advantage of nine Ohio State turnovers to score 15 points.
  • The game was tied with a minute to play when Faith Randolph connected on a jumper for Virginia. Two misses for the Buckeyes was followed by four Cavaliers free throws which put the game out of reach.

    Good Start For Mitchell

  • Freshman Kelsey Mitchell admitted to being a little nervous in her first collegiate game at Virginia on Nov. 14.
  • In the first half, she was just 2-of-15 from the floor and had just six points.
  • But in the second half, she was 7-of-12 from the floor and scored 20 points.
  • She finished the game with 26 points, four assists and a pair of rebounds.

    Alston Continues to Roll

  • Junior Ameryst Alston had a great finish to her sophomore year and it looks like she didn't miss a beat in the offseason.
  • Alston scored a team-high 27 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc in the season-opener at Virginia.
  • Dating back to last season, Alston has made 15 three-pointers in her last four games.