Nov. 21, 2014
Setting the Scene
Ohio State hosts VCU for the third-straight at Value City Arena on Sunday.
Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
The Buckeyes (1-2) opened the season with a loss at Virginia but then came back with an impressive 113-97 victory over St. Francis before falling to Georgia on Wednesday.
VCU enters the contest with a 3-1 mark and will be playing its third of six-straight road games on Sunday.
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
Halftime will feature the fan favorite Frisbee Dogs
Last Time OUt
The Buckeyes held a nine-point second half lead but Georgia closed the game on a 22-9 run over the last eight minutes to pull-off the 67-59 comeback victory last Wednesday.
Ohio State shot a school-record 39 three-pointers in the game, connecting on 13 of those attempts.
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell made seven three-pointers and finished with a game-high 26 points on 7-of-14 shooting from behind the arc.
Junior Cait Craft also had a good game from beyond the three-point stripe as she made a career-high five three-pointers en route to posting 17 points
Fellow junior Ameryst Alston struggled from the floor but grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds.
Georgia had four players in double-figures led by Tiaria Griffin's 16 points.
The Buckeyes led by four at the break but were out-shot and out-rebounded 29-15 in the second half. UGA used that rebounding edge in the second half to post 11 second chance points.
A Quick Look At VCU
VCU has opened the season at 3-1 with wins over Wagner, Presbyterian and Maryland-Eastern Shore.
The Rams' lone setback came on the road at Liberty last Tuesday.
A pair of Rams are averaging in double-figures, Camile Calhoun (11.3) and Ashley Pegram (10.0).
The Rams were picked to finish tenth in the preseason A-10 poll.
Sophomore Keira Robinson was named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason Third Team.
VCU is under new leadership this season as head coach Beth O'Boyle takes over after a successful run at Stony Brook. O'Boyle led the Seawolves to a school-record 24 wins and a WNIT berth last season.
Series History vs. VCU
The Buckeyes are 2-0 all-time against VCU.
Ohio State has wins over the Rams in each of the last two season.
OSU won 88-50 in Columbus two years ago and then last year, Darryce Moore scored a career-high 20 points in an 83-71 victory in Value City Arena.
McGuff vs. The Rams
Head coach Kevin McGuff is 1-0 in games against VCU with the lone win coming last season in Columbus.
Welcome Back Amy
Graduate student Amy Scullion rejoined the team in mid-November for her final season of eligibility.
Scullion graduated last May with a degree in nutrition and enrolled in medical school at The Ohio State University. She has originally decided to for go her final season of eligibility.
Scullion has played in 74 games over the last three seasons for the Buckeyes. She redshirted her first season in 2010-11 before playing in 14 games during the 2011-12 campaign.
She saw action in 25 games as a redshirt-sophomore in 2012-13 and then played in all 35 games last season, making 34 starts.
Scullion is a very smart player and works hard on the defensive end of the floor.
Last Year Against VCU
Darryce Moore scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-9 shooting and notched her second consecutive double-double with 10 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 83-71 win over visiting VCU on Nov. 14, 2014
Ashley Adams also added 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Buckeyes, who used their height advantage to outscore the Rams 48-20 in the paint.
The Rams tried to counter from the outside, hoisting 45 3-pointers and connecting on 11 of those.
The Buckeyes led 40-26 at the half and led by as much as 19 with 6:53 left in the game after a three-point play by Amy Scullion.
But VCU made one last charge, going on an 18-4 run over the next 5 minutes, capped off by a 3-pointer by Jessica Pellechio to cut the lead to 76-71 with 1:59 left.
The Buckeyes defense answered, holding the Rams scoreless the rest of the way while putting the game out of reach from the free throw line, three by Cait Craft and two from Ameryst Alston.
Ohio State shot 55 percent for the game and held the Rams to 28 percent shooting in the first half to help build their early lead.
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.
She followed that by making seven three-pointers and scoring a game-high 26 points against Georgia.
Mitchell is averaging a Big Ten-best 26.7 points per game and she also leads the team with six steals.