Dec. 13, 2014
Ohio State vs. Western Michigan
Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014 | Time: 2:00 p.m. ET | Venue: Value City Arena | Location: Columbus, Ohio
Radio: ESPN 1460AM
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Setting the Scene
Ohio State entertains MAC-rival Western Michigan on Sunday, Dec. 11, before breaking for final exams.
Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes (6-4) have won back-to-back games for the second time this season with a 66-52 victory over Winthrop last Sunday and a 67-52 victory over Arkansas State last Thursday.
Western Michigan comes into the game at 4-2 overall. The Broncos were off last week with final exams after dropping a 70-55 decision at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday, Dec. 6.
The game will be streamed live for a fee on BTN Plus.
The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
In its best defensive effort of the season, Ohio State raced out to a big lead and then cruised to a 67-52 victory Thursday night over Arkansas State.
Ohio State held Arkansas State to just 32 percent shooting on the night, which was a season-low for a Buckeye opponent.
Offensively, junior Ameryst Alston and freshman Alexa Hart each finished with 20 points to lead the Buckeyes.
Alston was 9-of-12 from the floor and also dished-out four assists.
Hart notched her fourth double-double of the season as she also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with seven blocks.
Freshman Kelsey Mitchell didn't have the best night shooting as she was just 3-of-12 from the floor and finished with 14 points. But, the Big Ten scoring leader made an impact in other ways as she dished-out a season-high tying six assists and also had three steals.
Aundrea Gamble was the only Red Wolf in double-figures, finishing with 16 points but was frustrated most of the night by the Buckeye defense and committed eight turnovers.
A Quick Look At Western Michigan
The Broncos opened the season at 4-1 which was their best start in over a decade. They have since lost to Wisconsin-Green Bay and enter Sunday's game at 4-2 overall.
WMU is in the middle of a stretch where it plays four of five games on the road.
Western was picked to finish third in the MAC West Division.
After missing the first game of the year, junior Miracle Woods has come on to lead the team in scoring at 11.4 ppg. She also leads the team in blocked shots with eight.
Junior guard Alex Morton has started all six games and tops the team with 19 assists and 11 steals. She is scoring 6.5 ppg and has made five three-pointers.
The Broncos are led by third-year head coach Shane Clipfell, who has improved the program's win total in each of his first two seasons.
Series History vs. Western Michigan
Sunday's game will be the ninth meeting all-time between Ohio State and Western Michigan but the first meeting since 1981.
The Buckeyes hold a 7-1 edge in the series with the Broncos only win coming in 1976 in Kalamazoo.
The first game between the two schools came back in 1974 and the teams met in each of the next seven seasons.
Ohio State has outscored WMU by a combined 119 points in the previous eight meetings.
McGuff vs. Western Michigan
Head coach Kevin McGuff is 1-0 all-time against Western Michigan. He guided Xavier to a 69-62 victory over the Broncos on day two of the 2006 Paradise Jam.