Ohio State Tangles With SEC-Foe Georgia

Nov. 18, 2014


Ohio State vs. Georgia

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014  |  Time: 7:00 p.m. ET  |  Venue: Value City Arena  |  Location: Columbus, Ohio

Radio: ESPN 1460AM  |  Television: BTN Plus

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Setting the Scene

  • Ohio State looks for a second-straight win as it hosts SEC-foe Georgia on Wednesday, Nov. 19.
  • Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from Value City Arena.
  • The Buckeyes (1-1) are coming off a record-setting performance in its 113-97 victory over St. Francis on Sunday.
  • Georgia has won each of its first two games this season, picking up wins over Morgan State and TCU.
  • 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.

    Last Time Out

  • The Buckeyes put up record numbers in a 113-97 victory over St. Francis on Sunday at Value City Arena.
  • Guard Ameryst Alston tallied a career-high 39 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. Her 39 points were tied for the third-most points by a Buckeye in school-history.
  • Freshman Kelsey Mitchell continued her hot start by scoring 28 points and dishing-out six assists.
  • Fellow freshman Alexa Hart nearly posted a triple-double as she had 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks. Her eight blocks were a VCA record.
  • The Buckeyes' 113 points was a VCA record and it was the fourth-most points ever in a game by an Ohio State squad.
  • St. Francis' three-point shooting and second chance points allowed it to hang around but a late 11-3 run gave the Buckeyes some breathing room with four minutes to play.

    A Quick Look At Georgia

  • The Bulldogs have opened the season with a pair of victories over Morgan State and TCU.
  • Guard Tiara Griffin has made five three-pointers and is averaging 15.5 points through the first two games.
  • Georgia got a head start on the season, taking a 10-day trip to Italy in early August and winning its three games on the trip by an average of 34 points.
  • Head coach Andy Landers was the first and still is the only full-time women's basketball head coach at UGA.
  • Landers is in his 36th season at the helm of the program and holds an 825-275 (.750) at Georgia. This is his 40th year in coaching and he has 907 wins in his career.

    Series History vs. Georgia

  • Wednesday's matchup will be the 10th meeting all-time between the two schools.
  • Georgia has dominated the series, which dates back to 1984, winning seven of the previous nine matchups.
  • This will be the fourth game in Columbus with Georgia leading 2-1 in the first three games.
  • The Buckeyes won back-to-back games in 1991 and 1992, once in Athens and once in Columbus.
  • Last season in Athens, the Buckeye offense went cold in the second half, shooting just 14 percent, and falling in a close game to the No. 22 Bulldogs 53-49.

    Last Year Against Georgia

  • Ohio State dropped its first game of the season, 53-49, at No. 22 Georgia on Nov. 17, 2013, at the Stegeman Coliseum in Athens.
  • The Buckeyes led 33-29 at the break, but a 14-2 run by the Lady Dogs to start the second half helped pave the way for the victory.
  • Ohio State had its chances to pull off the upset, but shot just 14 percent from the field in the second half and 6 of 11 from the line.
  • Ameryst Alston scored a team-high 22 points for the Buckeyes. She scored 16 in the first half, hitting her fourth three-pointer of the half at the buzzer to give Ohio State a 33-29 advantage. She was 6 of 9 shooting in the first 20 minutes as the Buckeyes hit six three-point field goals overall.
  • But the second half was a different story as the Buckeyes had a hard time getting anything to fall.
  • Their defense kept them within striking distance, holding Georgia to 26 percent shooting in the second half. But it was all the Lady Dogs needed as Ohio State hit just one field goal over the final 6:45.
  • Darryce Moore and Amy Scullion added six points each. Moore and Ashley Adams each grabbed 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes.

    The Beat Goes On

  • Junior Ameryst Alston had a great finish to her sophomore year and it looks like she didn't miss a beat in the offseason.
  • She scored a team-high 27 against Virginia and then lit-up St. Francis for 39 points on 15-of-18 from the floor and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
  • Her 39 points are tied for the third-most in a single-game by a Buckeye in school-history.
  • It was the sixth 30-point game of her career.
  • Dating back to last season, she has made 19 three-pointers in her last five.
  • Alston has scored a combined 66 points in the first two games and is shooting over 67 percent from the floor.

    Good Start For Mitchell

  • Freshman Kelsey Mitchell admitted to being a little nervous in her first collegiate game at Virginia on Nov. 14.
  • After a slow start that night, she finished with 26 points, four assists and a pair of rebounds.
  • In her second game against St. Francis, she scored 28 points, dished-out six assists, had five steals and was 7-of-7 from the free throw line.

    Not In Her House

  • Freshman Alexa Hart dominated the game inside against St. Francis.
  • She not only notched her first-career double-double with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, she swatted eight shots.
  • Her eight blocks were tied for the fourth-most in a single-game by Buckeye in school-history.

    B1G Player of the Week

  • On the heels of her career-high 39 points against St. Francis, junior Ameryst Alston was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Nov. 17.
  • Alston averaged 33 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot over 67 percent from the floor in the first two games of the year.
  • She made nine three-pointers in the two games and also dished-out nine assists.
  • This was Alston's second Big Ten weekly honor as she also picked-up the award on Jan. 13 last season.