Buckeyes Buried by Gophers, Fall to 0-3 in B1G Play
By Tony Gerdeman
Ohio State (10-6, 0-3) put four scorers in double figures, and shot 51.9% from the field against Minnesota (13-4, 2-1), but turned the ball over 17 times and gave up 22 offensive rebounds in an 83-74 loss to the Gophers.
The loss is the third-straight for the Buckeyes, and the seventh-consecutive conference road game that they have lost over the last two seasons.
Senior Tayler Hill, a Minnesota native, led Ohio State in scoring with 24 points, but she was 0-9 from three-point territory. The Buckeyes were without senior guard Amber Stokes, who will miss roughly four weeks with a knee sprain.
Sophomore guard Raven Ferguson started in place of Stokes and scored 12 points in 24 minutes.
Ohio State got the scoring started with a basket from center Ashley Adams. It would be her only field goal of the game and give the Buckeyes' a lead that would last all of 13 seconds. They would never have another.
Ohio State fell down by 10 points at 19-9 with just over seven minutes played, but fought back with seven points from Hill and four points from Darryce Moore to make it 23-20 Minnesota a few minutes later.
The Gophers then spent the final nine minutes of the first half outscoring the Buckeyes 27-11 and led 50-31 at the half..
A jumper from Minnesota's Kionna Kellogg made it 58-33 for the Gophers with 16:17 to play in the second half, as they enjoyed their largest lead of the game.
Ohio State quickly responded with an 8-0 run thanks to three points from Ferguson and five from freshman guard Ameryst Alston. The Buckeyes kept fighting, cutting lead to 62-48 via a Moore jumper with 12:18 to play.
Minnesota built the lead back up 19 points, and it was still at 16 points when the Buckeyes mounted one last run with four minutes to play.
A jumper by forward Martina Ellerbe made it 78-64, and she would then add a free throw shortly thereafter. A jumper with 2:52 to play by Hill made it 78-67, but the Gophers kept Ohio State's at arm's length.
Another Hill jumper with 1:20 to play made it 80-72, but that's as close as the Buckeyes would get.
For the second game in a row Ashley Adams only played 15 minutes as head coach Jim Foster continues to look for alternatives from his post players.
Darryce Moore, moved into the starting lineup over Aleksandra Dobranic, responded with 12 points and eight rebounds, but her six turnovers were key. Minnesota outscored the Buckeyes 28-18 on points off of turnovers.
The Gophers were led by Rachel Banham, who scored 24 points, and Micaella Riche, who added 20 points and eight rebounds.
Ameryst Alston added 15 points for Ohio State on 6-7 shooting.
The Buckeyes next play at Purdue on Monday at 7:30 pm. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
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