COLUMBUS, Ohio No. 16 Ohio State scored the game’s first 19 points and the Buckeyes cruised to an easy 88-41 win Wednesday night against Tennessee State at Value City Arena.
The win moves Ohio State to 2-0 on the year while TSU drops to 0-1.
Freshman center Jantel Lavender was dominant, scoring 14 first half points and finishing with 23 on 10-of-15 shooting. She also recorded five rebounds and three blocks in just 22 minutes of play and went 3-of-4 from the line.
“I recognized early in the game that their post players were not spreading out,” Lavender said after the game. “I’m a post player who can run. I posted up well and they were able to get me the ball.”
Head coach Jim Foster, who is now 78-6 at home during his tenure at Ohio State and 51-2 in the past three-plus seasons, liked what he saw from his freshman and his team overall.
“Jantel established the run early in the game,” Foster said. “We got a few quick baskets. We got a little casual for a few minutes, but we recovered. When all 13 players score in a game, it shows how unselfish you are as a team. That’s a good sign.”
The Buckeyes used a swarming defense to create 14 first half turnovers by Tennessee State and 27 for the game. They outscored TSU 46-12 in points off turnovers and 28-12 inside.
Ohio State put an exclamation point on its dominating first half when freshman Sarah Schulze buried a 3-pointer from the top of key in concert with the halftime horn. Maria Moeller came off the bench with nine points in the opening period.
Tennessee State missed its first 15 shots and committed five turnovers before Meredith Stafford hit a 3-pointer with 11:23 left in the half. The Lady Tigers shot just 30.4 percent for the game.
The Buckeyes shot 55 percent from the field and went 7-of-9 from long range. Ashlee Trebilcock hit back-to-back three’s in the second half and finished with six points points. Brittany Johnson, Cherise Daniel, Maria Moeller and Marscilla Packer all hit their only shots from behind the arc. Packer finished with 11 points while Daniel finished with a career-high seven points as did Johnson.
Shavelle Little turned in a solid defensive effort for the second-straight game, recording five steals to go with six points and two assists.
Star Allen also was a force inside tonight, pulling down a game-high nine rebounds while recording four points and three assists in 17 minutes of play.
Tennessee State’s Charisse Hicks came off the bench to score 13 while Kendra Appling had 12 points and five steals.
Ohio State travels to Boston University on Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m.