Follow the Buckeyes at the NCAA Tournament here. Ohio State, a sixth-seed, tips off the 2008 NCAA Tournament vs. No. 11 Florida State at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
ESPN2 will televise the game live. A coverage map is provided at the link above.
Check back to this page during the game for live updates.
Live Game Updates – Ohio State vs. Florida State
Final FSU 60, OSU 49 – Ohio State dropped a 60-49 decision to Florida State in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Jantel Lavender led the Buckeyes with 21 points and nine rebounds. Marscilla Packer added 13.
Ohio State ends the 2007-08 season with a 22-9 record. The senior class of Tam Riley, Packer and Alice Jamen ended their careers as the winningest class in Ohio State history with 109 victories.
3:59 FSU 54, OSU 44 – Packer drilled a jumper from the left to bring the Buckeyes to within 53-41 with 6:45 left. She then nailed a 3 from the left and was fouled. Packer did not convert the 4-point play, but OSU kept possession on the rebound and Packer missed a 3. Still, the Buckeyes sliced the FSU advantage to nine and forced an FSU timeout at 5:04.
Ohio State had cut a 20-point FSU lead to nine. Hopefully the Buckeyes have one more run in them.
8:38 – FSU hit 3 No. 9 at the 9:20 mark, an open look from the left side. Lavender netted point No. 17 with 9:00 to go and Riley finished a fastbreak layup to force FSU to take a timeout at 8:38, leading 53-37.
11:15 2nd half – The Buckeyes blocked three consecutive FSU shots at 13:42, but FSU’s Davis-Cain drilled a 3 and upped its lead to a game-high 17 at 45-28 at the 13 minute mark. Lavender put the Buckeyes at 30 on a nice jumper at the top of the lane off an inbounds, but Davis-Cain connected on another 3, 48-30 FSU at 12:00. Packer answered with a 3 of her own at 11:30, 48-33 FSU. Davis-Cain now has 25 points for FSU, including 5 3s.
14:56 2nd half – FSU opened the half with two layups in the first minute to extend to 34-22 and after Lavender answered with her fifth basket of the game, FSU nailed its fifth 3 to go up 37-24 with 18:00 to play. With 15:20 to play Packer led Little on a fastbreak for a nice layin as Ohio State moved to within 39-28 at the first media timeout.
Key numbers from the first half – Lavender leads the team with 9 points and five rebounds. The Buckeyes have committed 11 turnovers against nine for FSU. Ohio State shot 8-26 in the first period for 31 percent, while FSU struggled as well going 11-30, but connected on 4-9 3-point attempts. Allen played nine minutes and has four points on 2-4 shooting. The Buckeyes are 3-5 on the season when trailing at the half.
End 1st half – The pace picked up near the end of the half with both teams looking to push the ball down the floor. The change in pace did not lead to many points though. Little grabbed a steal and hit Allen down the lane for a lay up with less than a minute to go. Allen looks in good shape despite being out so long. FSU answered with a 3 as the teams went to locker room with the score FSU 30, OSU 22. Little missed a bank jumper at the buzzer.
4:31 1st half – Trebicock made a 3 from the left corner to bring the game to 24-17 and force a FSU timeout at 5:49. At 5:13 Packer was fouled on a 3 attempt and converted 2 of 3 to clip the FSU lead to 24-20. FSU’s Cayla Moore suffered an injury at 4:31.
7:43 1st half – Turnovers plagued the Buckeyes in the last five minutes. Florida State is doubling down on Lavender in the post, which led to one miscue. It also led to a nice look from Lavender to Allen for a 15-foot jumper at 9:50, Allen’s first points since a 12-point effort at Michigan State Dec. 30. Packer nailed a 3-pointer to move the Buckeyes to within 23-14 at the third media timeout.
11:57 1st half – Lavender buried her first 3-pointer of the season at the 13:05 mark and Ohio State has closed to within 18-9. She has accounted for all nine points for the Buckeyes.
14:31 1st half – Ohio State has come out of the blocks pretty slow, trailing 16-4 at the first media break. Jim Foster was forced to use a timeout already. Star Allen just checked in for her first action since Dec. 30. Jantel Lavender picked up her second foul at 14:20, but remained in the game.
Saturday, March 22
9:20 p.m. – The Buckeyes take the floor. The band plays Buckeye Battle Cry. Tip off is 23 minutes away and counting.
9:15 p.m. – With an 85-71 win over ETSU, Oklahoma State advances to face the winner of the Ohio State – Florida State game. The Buckeyes will take the court momentarily to warm up for the first-round tip vs. the ‘Noles. Hardeman finished with 13 points for the victorious Cowgirls.
8:45 p.m. – The Buckeyes are in the locker room prepping for the game, while ETSU has closed the gap a little on Oklahoma State, trailing 64-54 with 8:23 to play.
7:45 p.m. – The team watched part of the Oklahoma State – East Tennessee State game before heading to the locker room for pregame. the Cowgirls led ETSU, 41-29, at halftime. The Cowgirls rey heavily on their starting five as four starters played at least 17 minutes in the opening frame. Taylor Hardeman of Oklahoma State led all first-half scorers with 11 points. The winner of the Ohio State – Florida State game will face the winner of the Oklahoma State – ETSU contest Monday in Wells Fargo Arena.
The NCAA Wrestling Championships were on one of the televisions in the media room and showed Ohio State wrestler J Jaggers win the national title at 141 pounds. The wrestling Buckeyes are currently in second place overall and have two more – Mike Pucillo at 184 and J.D. Bergman HWT – left to compete in championship bouts tonight.
7:15 p.m. – Sounds of Buckeye Battle Cry resounded throughout the hotel as the Ohio State band and chearleaders held a pep rally in the lobby for the team before it departed for its game vs. Florida State. The team enjoyed about a half a dozen songs from the band, including favorites “Hang on Sloopy” and “I Wanna Go Back.” Check the photo album link above for pics from the rally.
6:50 p.m. – The team enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at the hotel and just finished pregame meal with the usual salad, pasta, chicken, baked potato, fruit and vegetables. A short film session followed with coach Foster as the team studied the Seminoles one final time before its game tonight.
Earlier today at Wells Fargo Arena, Rutgers defeated Robert Morris and Iowa State eliminated Georgia Tech. OklahomaState and EastTennesseeState will precede OhioState and FloridaState in the evening games.
12:15 p.m. – After a 10 a.m. breakfast at the hotel, the Buckeyes made the short bus ride back up Interstate 35 to Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, where they are currently holding their final practice before taking on Florida State tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET at Wells Fargo Arena. The Buckeyes will then have plenty of time to kick their feet up and relax at the hotel this afternoon with a 2 p.m. lunch and a 5:30 p.m. pregame meal on today’s agenda.
Team managers Stephanie Blanton and Mollie Risen say hello to all the Buckeyes fans following online who were unable to come to Des Moines.
Friday, March 21
5 p.m. – Head coach Jim Foster and players Marscilla Packer, Tamarah Riley and Jantel Lavender participated in the press conference before the team held a 50 minutes workout open to the public. An audio link is provided for comments from the press conference above.
With two minutes remaining on the clock at practice, Foster stopped practice and had the team sing “happy birthday” to Ed Baldwin, the team’s director of operations.
The team also played an entertaining game of charades in the locker room to pass time before practice. New pictures have been added to the album link above.
1 p.m. – The Buckeyes are in the middle of practice at Faith Bible College. After two weeks off, the team looks energized and focused The gym is small and includes a stage on the far side, but it is all the Buckeyes need to prep for Florida State. The team will hold a workout open to the public at 5 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena later today.
8:30 a.m. – Adminstrative meetings were held and a tour was given of Wells Fargo Arena. Check out picks at the photo album above. The team will hold the first of two practice sessions at noon central time today at a Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa before meeting with media and holding an open workout at Well Fargo at 5 p.m.
Check back for updates and photos today.
Thursday, March 20
8:30 p.m. – The team finishes dinner and orders desert. Point guards Shavelle Little and Maria Moeller go in different directions. Little picks apple pie a la mode and Moeller chooses oreo cheesecake. The Buckeye will work off the desert with practice sessions Friday.
3:45 p.m. Upon a safe arrival in Des Moines, the team was greeted by the Ohio State band and cheerleaders as they walked off the bus and into the lobby at the hotel in downtown of Iowa’s capital city.
2:30 p.m. After a morning practice, the travel party boarded the plane at Port Columbus airport for a nearly 2-hour flight to Des Moines, Iowa, for the start of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
11:30 a.m. Before Ohio State departed Columbus, head coach Jim Foster and several players spoke with media to preview the game vs. Florida State. Fans can listen to audio from the press conference at the “Women’s Basketball Previews NCAA Tournament” link above.