Buckeyes Upset No. 22 Indiana in Bloomington
By John Porentas
The Ohio State Women's basketball team (12-7, 2-1 Big 10) traveled to Bloomington, Indiana, and came away with a decisive win over previously unbeaten and No. 22 ranked Indiana (14-1, 1-1 Big 10) by a final score of 70-51
The Buckeyes, who were embarrassed at home by arch-rival Michigan in their last outing, never trailed in completely dominating the Hoosiers.
OSU shot a torrid 53 percent from the field with most of their baskets coming in close to the rim thanks to an effective transition game that was good to them the entire contest. They also played suffocating defense, limiting Indiana to 35 percent shooting from the field. The Hoosiers just could not get easy shots against the Buckeyes who came up with nine blocked shots and nine steals in an outstanding defensive effort.
"I thought we were particularly good on the defensive end today," said OSU Head Coach Kevin McGuff.
"Our players did a much better job than we've done in a long time of executing the game plan and playing with great intensity. We were just much, much better at the defensive end.
"That was a the biggest key coming into this game because Indiana is a really good team and they're particularly good when you allow them to execute what they want to do on offense.
"You have to do something to disrupt them and take them out of that or they're going to carve you up, and our players did that today."
"I thought their defense was terrific against us," said Indiana Head Coach Curt Miller.
"We really struggled to get points in the paint tonight."
Offensively the Buckeyes were deadly efficient, registering 17 assists on 31 made baskets. The main beneficiary of those assists was guard Ameryst Alston who equaled her career high with 29 points.
Photo by Jim Davidson
"Am was in attack mode for 40 minutes tonight, and she's a really special player," said McGuff.
"We got out in transition because we got more steals," said McGuff of his team's efficient offense.
"We were certainly good enough on the boards that we could get in transition. I thought that was very helpful today."
The Hoosiers made a run at the Buckeyes, at one point running off 11-unanswered points to cut the OSU lead to just eight points, but the Buckeyes responded to re-extend their lead and control the game.
"Overall we certainly have a long way to go and a lot to work on, but this was a good performance for us," McGuff said.
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