Women's Basketball |
Nov. 14, 2012
COLUMBUS - Shooting 77.3 percent in the first half, No. 20 Ohio State (1-1) raced out to a 42-21 lead in the first half, eventually defeating the University of Cincinnati women's basketball team (1-1) by a 87-49 final score Wednesday evening at Value City Arena.
Wednesday's contest served as the home opener for the Buckeyes, who finished 2011-12 with a perfect 19-0 record at home. Dating back to the start of the 2004-05 season, Ohio state is 118-9 in games played at Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes opened with a 9-0 run before Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) put the Bearcats on the board with a jumper. A pair of free throws from Taylor Hill edged Ohio State's lead back to nine before Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) drained her first bucket from behind the arc, making the score 11-5.
A defensive stop followed by a fastbreak score from Hollins cut the Ohio State lead to four, but the Buckeyes outscored Cincinnati 8-2 over the next three minutes and pushed the lead back to double digits. All four buckets for the Buckeyes were scored in the paint.
The Buckeyes continued to add to the lead, using a 7-0 run in the final four minutes to hold a 42-21 lead at the break. The Buckeyes accuracy in the first half was helped by 26 points in the paint. Hollins lead the Bearcats at the break with seven points while Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) pulled down seven boards.
Ohio State's hot shooting didn't slow down much in the second half as the Buckeyes were 18-for-30 (60.0%) from the floor. The Bearcats were out-scored 45-28 in the final 20 minutes to account for the 87-49 final score.
The Bearcats won the turnover battle 12-14 but Ohio state managed to capatilize on the Cincinnati miscues, scoring 22 points off the giveaways. Cincinnati pulled down 30 boards in the game, 18 coming on the offensive end.
Turner led the effort with nine offensive boards, totaling 11 in the game. The junior narrowly missed a double-double adding nine points and dishing out three assists. Hollins reached double digits for the second time in as many games, with 15 points. The junior also pulled down five rebounds.
Ohio State was lead by Taylor Hill's 21 points. Amber Stokes and Raven Ferguson each added 16 points while Ashley Adams grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Bearcats will stay on the road, taking on Kent State Monday, November 19 at 7 p.m.