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Women's Basketball
Buckeyes Stuff Stat Sheet In Win Over Bearcats
By Tony Gerdeman

Playing on dry land for the first time this season, the #20 Buckeyes (1-1) got 53 points from their backcourt, and defense from everywhere else in an 87-49 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats (1-1)

Taylor Hill
Photo by Jim Davidson
Taylor Hill

Shooting guard Tayler Hill led all scorers with 21 points on 8-12 shooting. She also added five assists and two steals.

Ohio State got out to a 9-0 start thanks to two baskets by Amber Stokes and then two by Raven Ferguson before Cincinnati finally found an answer.

The Bearcats cut the lead to 11-7 thanks to a jumper from Dayeesha Hollins, but Stokes and Ferguson quickly answered back, building the Buckeye lead up to 10 at 21-11.

Stokes also got defensive, chasing Hollins all over the court and contributing to a 6-18 night from the floor for the former Michigan guard.

Ohio State doubled their lead over the final 11 minutes of the first half to lead 42-21 at halftime. Stokes scored 12 of her 16 points in the first half.

Amber Stokes
Photo by Jim Davidson
Amber Stokes

As a team, the Buckeyes shot 17-22 (77.3%) from the field in the first half, lead by Stokes' 6-7 and Ferguson's 4-4. The Bearcats, meanwhile, shot 8-30 (26.7%).

"This is my first time coming to this arena," said UC coach Jamelle Elliott.

"You can tell they like playing at home. They play with confidence. They shot 77% from the floor and missed five shots. We didn’t help ourselves by not being able to score at the other end. They had a chip on their shoulder and you could tell tonight."

The Buckeyes couldn't keep shooting at the 77% clip in the second half, however, and dialed it down to a still very acceptable 60% on 18-30 shooting.

Hill paced the way in the second half, scoring 12 of  her 21 points.

It was a complete team effort for Ohio State, who also got 20 points from their bench, including two three-pointers from Maleeka Kynard, and solid contributions from post players Emilee Harmon and Martina Ellerbe.

The Buckeyes outscored Cincinnati 52-20 in the paint. Center Ashley Adams only had seven of those points. A good portion of the rest came on drives from Hill and Stokes.

In addition to her seven points, Adams also added 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in 27 minutes.

Ferguson finished with 16 points on 6-9 shooting, adding five rebounds as well.

"We are such a faster team this year," Ferguson said.

"With Amber and Tayler on the court, you need to be moving and keep the ball moving at all times."

The Buckeyes had 19 assists on their 35 field goals, and ball movement was a very large reason for that.

"It is easy to make more plays when we keep the ball rotating, whereas last year we did a lot of dribbling and holding on to the ball," Hill said.

"I think this year we will have more high-scoring games and a wider variety of girls with assists because we are going to keep that ball moving."

Asked about his team's performance, coach Jim Foster didn't seem surprised by what he witnessed.

"From day one I've liked this group," he said. "They’re unselfish and can be a lot of things this season."

The Buckeyes next take the court this Saturday at 2:00 pm against Winthrop. The game will be played in St. John Arena.

Box Score

Game Notes

In the all-time series, the Buckeyes improved to 16-3 against the Bearcats. Prior to the game Wednesday, the last meeting between the two teams was in 2001, a 61-60 Ohio State win in Columbus in the postseason WNIT.

· Ohio State improved to 52-6 all-time under head coach Jim Foster during the month of November.

· Since the start of the 2004-05 season, Ohio State has amassed a 133-9 record at home and a 118-8 record at Value City Arena (13-1 at St. John Arena, 2-0 at Nationwide Arena).

· Ohio State shot over 60 percent (67.3) from the field for the first time since 2009 (12/22 vs. Western Illinois).

· The Buckeyes owned a 52-20 advantage scoring in the paint.

· Ohio State has made at least one 3-pointer in 121 consecutive games.

· The Buckeyes have scored 70 or more points in Columbus during the regular season in 22 consecutive games.

· Senior guards Tayler Hill and Amber Stokes and sophomore guard Raven Ferguson combined for 53 points.

· Ferguson scored a career-high 16 points.

· Stokes tied her career high in points with 16.

· Junior center Ashley Adams distributed seven assists, a career best.

· Sophomore guard Shelbi Honeycutt tied a career high with three points.

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