November 4, 2018

Buckeyes Open the Season Tuesday vs. #22/21 USF

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Ohio State vs. #22/21 USF
Date:November 6, 2018
Time:7 p.m.
Venue: Value City Arena - Columbus, Ohio
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Live Stats:Statbroadcast
Game Notes:Ohio State | USF | Big Ten
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Ohio State will open its 54th season of basketball on Tuesday night when its hosts No. 22/21 USF at 7 p.m. at Value City Arena.

Noting Ohio State

  • The Buckeyes have won back-to-back Big Ten championships.
  • OSU is tasked with replacing all five starters, its top-six point scorers and 93.3 percent of its total scoring from a season ago. The 93.3 percent is the highest total of any team in the country.
  • Ohio State is one of just three teams in the country (Florida St. and Grand Canyon) that have to replace all five starts from last year.
  • Ohio State’s 12 player roster boasts eight new faces including five graduate transfers and three true freshmen.
  • A total of six Buckeyes have already received their undergraduate degrees and are working in various masters programs this year. That is the highest number of graduates on one roster in the country.
  • Point guard Carmen Grande has dished-out 697 assists over her first three seasons which are the most assists of any active player in the country, male or female.
  • Grande was second in the country last season at 9.2 assists per game.
  • Makayla Waterman is the only returning player who has started a game (1) but the five graduate transfers have started a combined 348 games.
  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is beginning his sixth season with the Buckeyes. He has led his teams to postseason play in 15 of his 16 years as a head coach.

Noting USF

  • USF returns a talented squad that went 26-8 and made an NCAA Tournament appearance.
  • Senior Kitija Laksa was unanimously picked to the Preseason American Athletic All-Conference first team, while Laura Ferreira was named to the second team.
  • Laksa averaged a team-high 21.1 points per game last season and torched the Buckeyes for a career-high 41 points in their meeting last season.
  • Ranked as high as 18 in preseason top-25 publications, USF was picked second in the AAC preseason poll behind UConn.

Series History vs. USF

  • This will be just the third meeting all-time between the two programs and the first in Columbus.
  • Ohio State won the first meeting 101-74 at the Lady Brahman Christmas Invitational in Tampa  during the 1982 season.
  • USF rolled to an 84-65 victory on Feb. 11 last season in the first leg of this home-and-home series.

Last Year vs. USF

  • Kitija Laksa got hot early and led No. 22 South Florida to an 84-65 victory over Ohio State at the Sun Dome on Feb. 11, 2018.
  • The loss snapped the Buckeyes four-game winning streak.
  • Stephanie Mavunga had a great game inside for the Buckeyes, scoring 28 points to go along with six rebounds and four blocks.
  • Point guard Kelsey Mitchell added 19 points while Sierra Calhoun was 3-of-6 from long range and finished with 11 points.
  • Laksa was the story of the day as she scored a career-high 41 points on 8-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc. Maria Jespersen added 20 points for USF.
  • The Bulls held a 46-26 edge on the glass and a 17-4 advantage in second chance points. The Buckeyes were limited to one shot attempt on many trips and USF had an answer every time OSU tried to make any kind of run.
  • South Florida was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and led 17-4 on the glass in the opening quarter which led to a 31-13 advantage. The Buckeyes tried to get back into it in the second quarter behind Mavunga, who had 13 points in the quarter, but was only able to cut the lead to 46-32 at the break.
  • USF kept its foot on the pedal down in the second half and didn’t allow Ohio State to build any momentum. The lead would swell to as many as 28 points midway through the fourth quarter as Laksa continued her assault from behind the arc. IUP finished with program records for overall wins (30) and conference wins (21) during its historical 2017-18 run.