Buckeyes Win Laugher Over Lafayette
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tayler Hill scored 19 points in 27 minutes and Amber Stokes added 15 in just 21 minutes as #20 Ohio State (6-2) downed Lafayette (3-7) 81-41 Sunday afternoon.
Thirteen Buckeyes saw the court in the blowout, with nine of them playing double-digit minutes. The Ohio State bench scored 29 points and handed out 10 assists.
The Buckeyes opened in familiar fashion, as Hill knocked down a three in the first 20 seconds. Four quick points by Stokes a few minutes later made it a 9-2 game for the Buckeyes, and they never looked back.
Lafayette cut it to 12-6 with a layup from Kelly Loughney, but that would be as close as they would get for the rest of the game.
Ohio State went on a 14-0 run a little while later, as five different Buckeyes scored in the process. OSU went to the half with a 38-16 lead, outscoring Lafayette and 6'7" center Danielle Fiacco and 6'3" forward Emily Homan 20-6 in the paint.
Led by stellar ball movement and interior passing, the Buckeyes continued to open up their lead in the second half, building it to 57-20 in the first eight minutes.
"We are getting better with ball movement," Hill said, explaining that a game like this allows the team to improve in areas of need.
"In these particular games, we try to focus on the weakness of our team, so in the future we know what our weaknesses are. The coaches make sure we stay focused during practice. Even if we do not have a game until Saturday, Monday’s practice will be just as intense as practice on a Friday."
The Buckeye lead was extended to 78-31 following consecutive threes from reserve guards Maleeka Kynard (twice), and then Cait Craft.
"I love the fact we stayed together between the ears," said coach Jim Foster.
"That’s a coach’s biggest fear at exam time – the concentration being in other places. I think one of the ways you can judge the maturity of your team is how they handle that situation. In my mind we did a very good job of that today. We were sound defensively and we moved the ball very well offensively."
Center Ashley Adams scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Freshman point guard Ameryst Alston continued to show that she belongs, dishing out five assists and pulling down five boards, while grabbing two steals and turning it over just once.
Reserve forward Martina Ellerbe scored six points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out five assists as the Buckeyes' high-low game completely neutralized Lafayette's size inside.
The Buckeyes will now hit the road for a pair of games in the state of Washington. They play Washington State on Saturday and then at Gonzaga on Monday.
"We are really excited about traveling west and playing some more competitive teams," Stokes said. "It will be a challenge but we are ready for it."
· Ohio State has won 28-consecutive home games dating to the 2010-11 season, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and third longest in the nation behind Stanford and Baylor. Ohio State’s last loss at home was Feb. 6, 2011 to Northwestern.
· Ohio State has hit at least one 3-pointer in 127-consecutive games.
· Since the start of the 2009-10 season, Ohio State is 73-3 when scoring at least 70 points. They are 6-0 this year when scoring at least 70.
· Ohio State, which ended the first half vs. Lafayette on a 16-3 run and shot 50 percent from the field in the opening half. The Buckeyes improved that percentage to 63 percent in the second half.
· The Buckeyes were 6-for-9 from 3-point range for a 66.7 percentage in the second half. Ohio State shot 52.9 percent from behind the arc for the game.
· Ohio State outscored Lafayette, 40-10, in the paint and scored 28 points off turnovers.
· The Buckeye bench contributed 29 points.
· Senior Tayler Hill has scored in double-figures in 42 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
· With 19 points, Hill moved to 13th on the Ohio State all-time points list. For her career, Hill has 1,539 points. Courtney Coleman is 12th with 1,540.
· Junior Martina Ellerbe tied her career high in rebounds with six.
· Freshman Ameryst Alston recorded a career high five assists.
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