Dec. 27, 2017
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The Buckeyes finished the first half the season with an 11-2 record and are ready to start Big Ten play. Ohio State opens on the road this Thursday, Dec. 28 when it travels to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the Cornhuskers. The game will tip at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
NOTING OHIO STATE
- After having the last 10 days off to enjoy Christmas with their families, the Buckeyes are ready to start Big Ten play on the road in Nebraska.
- The Buckeyes are second in the country in scoring at 91.4 ppg.
- OSU has tied the school single-season record for 100-point games with four.
- The Buckeye starting five accounts for 86.9 percent of the team’s scoring and combine to average 79.5 ppg which is tops in the country.
- Kelsey Mitchell leads the country in scoring at 26.2 ppg and has also made the second-most three-pointers of any player in the country with 55. She is third in the country at 4.2 threes per game.
- Mitchell is the NCAA DI all-time leader in career three-pointers made with 423 and OSU’s all-time scoring leader with 2,893 points.
- Stephanie Mavunga is the only active player in the country with over 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 250 career blocks.
- Mavunga has seven double-doubles on the year and Linnae Harper has five. They are one of two sets of teammates in the country with five or more double-doubles.
- Linnae Harper is grabbing 9.2 rebounds per game which is tops in the country for players at 5-8 or shorter.
- Harper has notched at least two steals in 12 of the 13 games this season and leads the Big Ten with 36 steals.
- Mitchell, Mavunga and Harper are the highest scoring trio in the country and make up three of the Big Ten’s top 11 scorers.
- Sierra Calhoun has made 11 three-pointers and has scored at least 20 points in each of the last three games.
- Calhoun is shooting over 51 percent from the floor and 47 percent from long range in the last three games.
- Asia Doss is ninth in the country and first in the Big Ten with a 3.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.
- The Buckeyes will be without Makayla Waterman as she suffered a high ankle sprain in the game on Dec. 17 at Cincinnati.
Series History vs. Nebraska
- Thursday’s game will be the 16th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Nebraska.
- By virtue of their season-sweep last year, the Buckeyes have taken the lead in the series at 8-7.
- Ohio State stopped Nebraska’s five-game win streak in the series in 2015 and has since won the last four meetings.
- The series is tied 5-5 since Nebraska joined the conference in 2011.
- Th teams have split the six games in Lincoln 3-3 with the Buckeyes winning by 18 points in each of their last two trips to the Cornhusker State.
- The 39 points OSU scored in the game on Feb. 14, 2013 were the fewest points scored by Ohio State in a Big Ten game.
McGuff vs. Nebraska
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 4-2 in his meetings with Nebraska.
- He lost 61-58 in the opening round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in College Park, Md., when he was coaching at Xavier. He also lost his first meeting with Nebraska as Ohio State’s coach in 2014.
- Since then, McGuff and the Buckeyes have won the last four games in the series, including both contests last season.
Last Year vs. Nebraska
- For the first time in the series with Nebraska, Ohio State swept the season series, winning both regular season contests.
- Kelsey Mitchell poured in 22 points in a 95-75 win in the first meeting on Jan. 29, 2017 in Columbus.
- Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper also reached double-digits, scoring 13 and 12 points, respectively.
- The Buckeyes led for nearly the entire game save for a few minutes in the first quarter. Though they shot just 31.8 percent from the field in that first frame they still led 19-10 after the first 10 minutes of play.
- Offensively, the Buckeyes improved greatly after halftime, making just a tick over 60 percent of their field goals and scoring 55 points compared to 40 in the first half.
- Shayla Cooper led the team with nine rebounds, while Mitchell led all comers with seven assists.
- In the second meeting, Ohio State had three players score in double-figures in an 87-69 victory in Lincoln on Feb. 16, 2017.
- Mitchell again led the Buckeyes with 27 points on 5-of-9 from long range.
- Sierra Calhoun made three shots from long range and was 4-of-5 from the floor overall to finish with 13 points.
- Tori McCoy didn’t miss a shot from the floor scored 12 points and tied her season-high for the second-straight game with four blocks.
- Guards Kiara Lewis and Linnae Harper also made key buckets in the second half to stop the Huskers’ runs. Both players finished with nine points.
- Cooper scored eight points and led the team with nine rebounds.
- Jessica Shepard missed her first 10 shots of the night but managed to finish with a team-high 28 points and 10 rebounds.