Buckeyes Avoid Last Place With Victory Over Hoosiers
By Tony Gerdeman
Tayler Hill topped all scorers with 24 points in leading Ohio State (12-10, 2-7) to a 70-56 win over Indiana (10-12, 1-8). Hill was one of three Buckeyes to score in double figures, along with Ameryst Alston (11 points) and Darryce Moore (11 points).
Hill, who played all 40 minutes, shot 7-13 from the field and 10-13 from the free throw line. Ohio State shot 27-54 (50%) from the field, and nine of the 10 Buckeyes to play scored at least two points.
Indiana was held to 21-63 (33%) shooting, but they pulled down 19 offensive rebounds. However, the Hoosiers only scored 10 second-chance points for the game.
Aleksandra Dobranic opened the game with a jumper to give Ohio State a 2-0 lead, but the scoring went back and forth for the bulk of the first half. There were six ties in the first half and no team led by more than three points until Tayler Hill dropped in a layup to give the Buckeyes a 28-24 lead with 3:25 to play.
Buckeye forward Martina Ellerbe followed it up with a jumper, and guard Raven Ferguson added a layup to make it an eight-point lead. A layup by Hill made it 34-24 with 1:13 to play, but the Hoosiers ended the half with consecutive three-pointers to cut the lead to four points at the half.
A pair of free throws early in the second half by Jasmine McGhee tied the game at 36-36 for the Hoosiers. The eighth tie of the game came a moment later at 38-38, but a three-point play by Hill would give the Buckeyes a lead that they would not relinquish again.
A layup by Emilee Harmon, who scored six points for the Buckeyes, gave Ohio State their largest lead at 47-40 with 14:20 to play. Hill would then score the next five points for the Buckeyes via the free throw line.
Ohio State opened up a 55-41 lead with a three-point play from Darryce Moore, who was a perfect 4-4 from the field. Shortly after that, the Hoosiers cut the lead to seven points following a 6-0 run.
The Buckeyes answered back quickly, getting a pair of layups from Hill, as well as Ashley Adams and Ameryst Alston. The score by Alston made it 70-53. A three-pointer by Jasmine McGhee made it 70-56, and it would end the game's scoring.
Adams finished with six points, seven rebounds and six blocks. Alston added a game-high five assists. The Buckeyes got 25 points off of their bench, led by Moore's 11 and Harmon's six.
Up next for the Buckeyes is a home game against Wisconsin on Thursday November 7 at 7:00 pm.
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