Buckeyes Rout Bellarmine
By John Porentas
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State made their first public appearance under new head coach Kevin McGuff and were rewarded for their effort with a lopsided 101 - 48 win over Bellarmine.
"Practice is great and everything, but it gets old playing against the same players every day. It's great to get out here and play against another team," said OSU guard Ameryst Alston.
Bellarmine had no players over 6-0 tall and were at a decided disadvantage both size-wise and talent-wise. at every position. The Knights turned the ball over 28 times leading to a whopping 41 OSU points off turnovers. Bellarmine managed just 8 assists against those 28 turnover.
Despite the lopsided score McGuff said there was still plenty of room for improvement for his team.
"We certainly had a size advantage," said McGuff, "so we should have a lot of baskets in the paint. We did score quite a bit off of turnovers, but we're probably not going to be able to do that night in and night out with the schedule we're playing and in the Big 10.
"What I told the team in the locker room is we had really good effort, but we were I thought very undisciplined. In the half-court defensively we fouled too much because we were out of position at times. We were trapping in places where we weren't supposed to trap, then when they threw out if it we were giving up open shots. We have to be more disciplined in how we're doing things."
The Buckeyes held a decided edge on the glass, outrebounding the smaller Knights by 48-39 margin. Despite the spread, McGuff was not totally pleased with that result.
"We didn't rebound the ball particularly well with the size advantage that we had. We didn't block out, which is a form of discipline, and because we were in the wrong spots at times. They were driving the ball at the basket and we were having to help, then they were rebounding the ball behind us. There's a lot of things there we have to clean up."
The Buckeye scoring was paced by Ameryst Alston who netted 20 points on on 8 of 15 shooting from the floor. She was also 4 of 5 from the free throw line.
A total of five Buckeyes reached double figures. Cait Craft scored 15, Ashley Adams and Maleeka Kynard both scored 14, and Raven Ferguson scored 12. A total of 11 Buckeyes played six or more minutes in the game. Ten of them scored in the game.
OSU shot 50 percent from the field and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. Bellarmine shot just 24.5 percent from the field. Jessica Hardin was the Knight's only double figure scorer with 11 points.
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