November 16, 2017

PREVIEW: No. 9/8 Buckeyes Host Quinnipiac on Friday

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#9/8 Ohio State vs. Quinnipiac

Date:

November 17, 2017

Time:

7 p.m. ET

Arena:

Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

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The Buckeyes are right back on the floor this Friday when they host Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. at Value City Arena. The Bobcats were 29-7 last year and made the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance.

NOTING OHIO STATE

  • Ohio State has opened the year 2-1 with wins over two teams west of the Mississippi in No. 10 Stanford and Idaho. The Buckeyes lone loss came at the hands of No. 9 Louisville who got a school-record 47 points from Asia Durr in a 95-90 overtime victory.
  • 5-8 guard Linnae Harper is averaging 18 points and 12.0 rebounds over the first three games. She had a career average of 4.9 rpg coming into the season.
  • Kelsey Mitchell has dished-out almost six assists per game. She came into the year with a career-average of just 3.8 per game.
  • Asia Doss had made 76 three-pointers in 104 career games coming into the season and is averaging almost three per game so far this year.
  • Stephanie Mavunga averaged a double-double last year and started this year by grabbing an OSU single-game record 26 rebounds to go along with 17 points in the win over Stanford.
  • OSU is averaging 13 three-point field goal makes over the first three games. The Buckeyes tied a single-game school-record with 17 three-pointers vs. Louisville.
  • This was just the second time in school history the Buckeyes opened a season against back-to-back top-10 teams. They also played No. 2 South Carolina and No. 1 UConn in the opening two games in 2015.
  • The Buckeyes were picked to win the Big Ten this season by both the media and the conference’s head coaches.
  • Mavunga and Mitchell were both named to the preseason All-Big Ten Team while Mitchell was named the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.
  • The Buckeyes began the season ranked No. 5 in the AP poll, which marked just the third time OSU started the season ranked in the top-5.

NOTING Quinnipiac

  • The Bobcats will be playing their third-straight game away from home to start the season before hosting Northern Colorado in their home-opener next Wednesday.
  • Quinnipiac dropped both games last weekend at the Hawkeye Classic in Iowa City.
  • The ‘Cats fell to host Iowa 83-67 in the opener and then were downed by No. 16 Missouri 66-51 in consolation game.
  • Jen Fay led the team with averages of 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in the first two games.
  • Sarah Shewan (11.5) and Aryn McClure (10.5) also averaged in double-figures last weekend.
  • As a team, Quinnipiac made 10.5 three-pointers per game but shot just 33.9 percent in the two games.
  • Tricia Fabbri, the program’s all-time winningest coach, is in her 23rd season at the helm. She led the Bobcats to a 29-7 record and a magical run to the Sweet 16 last season.

Milestone Watch

  • With a largely upperclassmen team, a number of players are close to career milestones.

Asia Doss
– 6 assists from 300

Linnae Harper
– 8 rebounds from 500
– 113 points from 1,000

Alexa Hart
– 26 points from 1,000

Stephanie Mavunga
– 76 rebounds from 1,000
– 16 blocks from 250

Kelsey Mitchell
– 16 threes from the NCAA record
– 193 points from the OSU record