Feb. 20, 2018
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Ohio State will play its final regular season game at Value City Arena on Wednesday when it hosts Northwestern. The game will be streamed online on BTN2Go and will start at 7 p.m.
NOTING OHIO STATE
- Ohio State will close out the home portion of the regular season on Wednesday by hosting Northwestern.
- Wednesday’s game will be the final game at Value City Arena for the Buckeyes’ five seniors — Asia Doss, Linnae Harper, Alexa Hart, Stephanie Mavunga and Kelsey Mitchell.
- The Buckeyes are 22-6 overall and 11-3 in the conference which is tied for first with Maryland.
- If Ohio State were to win its remaining two games, it would claim at least a share of it’s 16th Big Ten Championship.
- The Buckeyes are 45-18 all-time against Northwestern and have dominated the series as of late.
- Since 2000, Ohio State is 27-3 vs. the Wildcats including 14-1 at Value City Arena.
- Ohio State will be honoring athletic trainer Chalisa Fonza prior to the game. She has been with the team for 18 seasons and has recently accepted a job with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA.
- Ohio State has held its last six Big Ten opponents to under 70 points which is the longest such stretch under head coach Kevin McGuff.
- The Buckeye class of Asia Doss, Alexa Hart, Kelsey Mitchell and Makayla Waterman recorded its 100th win on Sunday vs. Purdue.
- Stephanie Mavunga has averaged nearly 19 points per game over the last seven games and leads the team with 14 double-doubles on the year.
- Kelsey Mitchell is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, either male or female, with 3,242 career points and is currently fourth in NCAA history. She is just 41 points behind Britteny Griner for third all-time.
- Mitchell has made a three-pointer in an NCAA record 85-straight games.
- Linnae Harper has 11 double-doubles on the year. Her and Mavunga are the only major conference duo with 11 or more double-doubles this season.
Series History vs. NORTHWESTERN
- The Buckeyes and Wildcats are meeting for the 63rd time with Ohio State holding a 45-18 edge in the series.
- The Bucks have dominated the series as of late, winning 27 of the last 30 meetings dating back to 2000.
- The Wildcats swept the season series in 2011 and then picked up a win in Evanston in 2016.
- Ohio State has dominated the series in Columbus, holding a 23-6 edge and winning 15 of the last 16 meetings.
McGuff vs. Northwestern
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 6-1 all-time against Northwestern
- McGuff and the Buckeyes won twice against the Wildcats in his first season and then bested the Cats in the lone meeting in his second year.
- After splitting the season series in 2016, McGuff and the Buckeyes won in Evanston last year as well as in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
Last Year vs. Northwestern
- The Buckeyes won both games against Northwestern last season, besting them in Evanston and then again in the Big Ten Tournament.
- The first meeting was a wild back and forth game which saw Ohio State have the final push for a 94-87 victory
- Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with a season-high 33 points to go along with seven assists.
- Chicago natives Linnae Harper and Kiara Lewis also shined in front of friends and family. Harper notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Lewis had seven points and played a pivotal role in a late second quarter run.
- The Buckeyes made a then season-high 13 three-pointers in the contest while Northwestern nearly matched those 12 long balls.
- Both teams came out on fire from long range as they combined for 12 long balls in the opening quarter. The Buckeyes made seven of those behind three from Calhoun and would lead 31-28 at the end of one.
- The meeting in the B1G Tournament quarterfinals featured more of the same scoring but this time, it was only the Buckeyes who would partake.
- OSU scored a then Big Ten Tournament record 99 points in a 99-68 rout of the Wildcats.
- Mitchell made six three-pointers and finished with a game-high 27 points to lead the Buckeye offensive attack.
- Kiara Lewis, Shayla Cooper and Alexa Hart each scored 11 points for the top-seeded Buckeyes, who won their season-high 12th-straight game.
- Nia Coffey had 21 points and Ashley Deary finished with 13 points for the Wildcats, who shot just 36 percent and committed 21 turnovers.
- Ohio State went on a 10-0 run in the first quarter, and Lewis made a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 51-24 halftime lead.