Buckeyes Sink Seawolves in Dominating Fashion
By Tony Gerdeman
Photo by Jim Davidson
Point guard Samantha Prahalis piloted the Buckeyes through an easy 84-37 win over Stony Brook, scoring a game-high 25 points in the process. The senior from New York hit 8-12 from the field and 4-7 from three-point land, and added eleven assists and zero turnovers for good measure.
All thirteen Buckeyes saw significant minutes in a game that was never in doubt.
Ohio State started the game with a 10-0 run on the back of three Prahalis jumpers, including two three pointers. The Buckeyes doubled the ten-point lead over the next eight minutes of play to make it 25-5 with 8:07 remaining in the half.
Stony Brook would score a basket 19 seconds later, but it would be the last time their deficit would be under 20 points.
A jumper from reserve post player Aleksandra Dobranic made it 38-7 with 4:13 to play, giving the Buckeyes their largest lead of the game. Another jumper a few minutes later from Emilee Harmon made it a 32-point game at 42-10 before Stony Brook closed out the half with a basket of their own to make it 42-12 at halftime.
Ohio State held the Seawolves to 4-31 shooting in the first half, including 0-10 from behind the three-point line.
It was more of the same in the second half. The Buckeyes extended their lead throughout the final 20 minutes, culminating with their largest lead of the game at 84-37, which came with their final basket with 40 seconds to play.
Overall, the Buckeyes shot 31-54 (57.4%) from the field and held Stony Brook to just 13-61 (21.3%) shooting. It was a complete effort from Ohio State, and one that they needed to see.
“Each game is a test of focus," said Prahalis.
"We have had spurts where we’re good and then we will have spurts where we’re unfocused. This game we showed a lot of good focus. Every player that came in was active and made good cuts and kept our focus high."
"We did a good job today," agreed coach Jim Foster.
"We were more focused today all day long. It started at the shoot around and lasted through the first half and the start of the second half."
That focus allowed Prahalis to get out of a season-long shooting slump. She hit three of her first four three-point shots and looked confident with her jumper all game long.
"It felt good," she admitted.
"The other night I shot terrible. I took my time a little more and didn't rush. I let the game come to me."
“Sammy plays at a certain tempo," Foster explained.
"She has a high-running engine. Sometimes she gets a little too fast, but when she lets the game come to her she is great. With her skill set, she has a chance to be a great player. At this point, most of the growth is between her ears. She is a very willing student."
Prahalis' backcourt mate Tayler Hill scored 16 on the afternoon and grabbed five rebounds. Darryce Moore had her second strong outing in a row, pulling down seven rebounds and scoring six points in 14 minutes.
The Buckeyes had 23 assists on 31 field goals, which is a product of the new passing offense that Ohio State is featuring.
“It’s important for everyone to develop a connection on the court, not just in practice but against other teams," Prahalis said.
"So far they have done a great job. Our offense has changed. Now I’m not looking for one person, but there is a bunch of people I’m getting assists to. Jantel [Lavender] left, but people have been stepping up in their roles."
“The team is starting to understand things," Foster said. "Games are great learning lessons if people are willing to apply it."
The Buckeyes next play on Sunday at 5:00 pm against #20 LSU (3-1). The game will be broadcast on BTN.
· The Buckeyes improve to 4-0 in the month of November this season and 49-5 since the 2002 campaign.
· Ohio State is 144-13 at home overall under Jim Foster and 117-9 since the start of the 2004-05 season.
· Ohio State shot a season best 57.4 percent from the field (31-of-54) for the game.
· The Buckeyes held Stony Brook to 21.3 percent shooting from the field. The Ohio State record for lowest FG percentage by an opponent is 18.6 percent vs. Colgate Nov. 30, 2007.
· Ohio State held Stony Brook to 12 points in the first half. The 12 points is the lowest scored by a Buckeye opponent in the first half since Longwood scored nine Nov. 30, 2006. The Buckeyes led 41-9 at the half. Ohio State also held Colgate to 13 points in the opening half in the 2007 Buckeye Classic.
· The Buckeyes out scored Stony Brook, 28-8, in the paint and scored 19 points off turnovers.
· Senior guard Samantha Prahalis recorded her first double-double of the season and 17th of her career on 25 points to lead all scorers and 11 assists.
· Junior guard Tayler Hill recorded the 100th steal of her career Friday and now has 101 after two steals on the afternoon.
· Redshirt sophomore Aleksandra Dobranic recorded a career high seven points on 3-fo-3 shooting.
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