Buckeyes get first league win

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Women's Basketball
Buckeyes Finally Back on Track with Victory Over Hoosiers
By Tony Gerdeman

Ohio State (11-7, 1-4) got their first Big Ten win of the season, defeating Indiana (10-7, 1-3) 68-45 Thursday night at Value City Arena.

Tayler Hill
Photo by Jim Davidson
Taylor Hill

The Buckeyes were led with 15 points and eight rebounds from Tayler Hill, who missed the previous game with an illness. It was her 51st consecutive game in double figures.

Forward Darryce Moore also added 14 points and six rebounds for Ohio State. Point guard Ameryst Alston did a little bit of everything for the Buckeyes, scoring seven points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists.

Ohio State shot 20 free throws while the Hoosiers attempted just one. The Buckeyes had four scorers in double figures, and picked up 20 assists on their 26 field goals made.

"I liked the fact that four players were in double figures," said Buckeye coach Jim Foster, who moved to 169-14 all-time in Columbus. "They were active on the boards and they had double digit assists."

The lead was traded several times throughout the first half, and no team led by more than four points until a pair of free throws by Buckeye center Ashley Adams made it 27-21 Ohio State with 2:06 to play in the half. The Buckeyes eventually took a 30-24 lead into the half.

Ohio State opened up aggressively in the second half, scoring on five layups in the first three minutes to grab a 12-point lead. Moore had three of the layups, impressing Foster along the way.

"When she plays slow, she’s very good," he said.

"The biggest thing in this game is that young players need to know the game is played slow and quick. When you’re playing quick, you’re under control. When you’re playing fast, you aren’t in control."

The Buckeyes were certainly in control, building a 17-point lead when Aleksandra Dobranic hit a jumper to make it 47-30 with 13 minutes still to play. Dobranic scored 10 points on the night, shooting 5-7 from the field.

"We were genuinely energized at halftime, but in the first two minutes of the second half, we had three turnovers," said Indiana coach Curt Miller.

"Our transition defense lacked and they picked up the tempo. The game got away from us and we didn’t have the firepower to answer their offensive runs. They started in zone and the man-to-man disrupted us more than their 1-3-1 zone."

Both teams went long stretches without scoring, though with Ohio State's comfortable lead, they could afford a few empty possessions. While the OSU offense may have been quiet at times, the defense stayed quite loud. The Buckeyes forced poor shots, holding Indiana to just 32.8% shooting from the field, and only 3-15 (20%) from three-point territory. They also blocked seven shots.

Six points in a row by Hill gave the Buckeyes their largest lead of 25 points with 4:31 to play. Among those six points was Hill's lone three-pointer of the game. She shot just 1-6 from behind the arc, which continues her struggles from the perimeter.

Indiana could only get two points closer throughout the remaining minutes

The Buckeyes next play on Sunday at 3:00 pm at Wisconsin.

Box Score

Postgame Notes

· Ohio State wished Helen Crouse, who turned 105 years young today, a Happy Birthday. Crouse has been attending games since 1978 and has been a season-ticket holder since Ohio State began selling season packages.

· Ohio State has a 48-21 advantage in the all-time series with Indiana. The Hoosiers have not won in Columbus since Jan. 31, 2002.

· The Buckeyes improve to 10-1 in Value City Arena this season and under head coach Jim Foster is 169-14 all-time in Columbus.

· Ohio State has hit at least one 3-pointer in 137 consecutive games.

· The Buckeyes outscored Indiana, 34-16, in the paint.

· The Ohio State bench scored 19 points, including Sasha Dobranic, who finished with 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting in 19 minutes of action.

· For the 12th time this season, Ohio State out-rebounded its opponent Thursday night. The Buckeyes are 10-2 in those games with their only losses coming against Washington State (+3) and Purdue (+7).

· Senior Tayler Hill scored in double figures for the 51st consecutive game, the longest active streak in the Big Ten. After scoring 15 points Thursday vs. Indiana, Hill now needs 11 points to move into ninth place in the Ohio State records book for all-time scoring (1,747). Hill now has 1,736.

· For the fourth consecutive game, junior Darryce Moore scored in double figures. Moore finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds.

· Freshman Ameryst Alston tied her career best for rebounds with eight.

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