Ohio State will meet in-state foe Dayton at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. John Arena; Game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Andrea Walker scored a career-high 14 points off the bench and Samantha Prahalis and Jantel Lavender each scored 13 to lead Ohio State to a 72-47 victory over Boston University in the Buckeye Classic on Saturday.
Ohio State will play in the title game Sunday against Dayton, which beat Central Michigan 78-76. The Buckeyes advance to the title game for the 16th time in the 17-year history of the event.
Lavender added 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season and the 19th of her career. She leads the Big Ten in scoring with 20.8 ppg.
The No. 20 Buckeyes (5-1) led only 9-8 after six minutes when Kristi Dini hit a 3-pointer for the Terriers (3-3). Ohio State then scored the next 16 points while BU missed eight shots and committed three turnovers.
Midway through the first half none of Ohio State’s starters were on the floor, but the lead increased from 22-8 to 35-11 over a five-minute span.
BU made 8 of 34 field goals and missed 10 of 15 3-pointers to trail 43-23 at the half. Ohio State was 14 for 25 from the floor and made 11 of 13 free throws. The Buckeyes made 21 of 25 free throws overall, an 84 percent clip.
Dini led the Terriers with 17 points and hit five 3-pointers.
Ohio State Postgame Notes
Ohio State advances to the championship game of the Buckeye Classic for the 16th time in the 17 year history. The only time OSU did not win its first game was the first year of the Classic in 1983.
The Buckeyes will play Dayton, who defeated Central Michigan 78-76 in game one, at 2 p.m. Sunday in the championship game of the Buckeye Classic.
Ohio State has won 81-consecutive games at home against unranked teams. The last unranked opponent to win in Columbus was Penn State, Feb. 3, 2002.
Ohio State has won its five games by an average of 20.6 points.
Jantel Lavender finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double in as many games this season and the 19th of her career.
Lavender has scored in double figures in all 37 career games.
Ohio State is 5-0 at home this year and 70-3 since the start of the 2004-05 season. The Buckeyes are 97-7 all-time at home in the Foster era.
Saturday was the third meeting in the all-time series with Boston. Ohio State leads the series, 3-0.
The Buckeyes shot 21-of-25 (.840) from the FT line. They are 5-0 this year when the outshoot their opponents from the line.
Andrea Walker scored a career-high 14 points and had four blocks.
Sarah Schulze finished with a career-high 10 points and hit two from long range.
Ohio State led 9-8 with 14:09 in the first before reeling off a 26-3 run to go up 35-11 with 6:11 left before halftime.
The Buckeyes led by as much as 27 points (68-41) late in the second half.
The Buckeyes held the Terriers to 25 percent shooting for the game (16-of-64).
Jim Foster, head coach
On using a lot of players
“Using everybody makes a great difference because the experience they gain while playing gives them many advantages. The experiences are different for every player and that can make a big difference in their game.”
“We got much better defensively during the second half. Our work ethic improved and we did a better job defending their guards.”
On playing UD:
“Those girls played tough and hard. Their competitive road schedule gave them an edge and allowed them to come back from a 12 point deficit. I give them a lot of credit because it’s rare to see a team come back when they are trailing by that much. It’s going to be a tough and competitive game tomorrow.”
Jantel Lavender, sophomore center
On the game
“I’m really happy that everyone got to play and contribute to our win. It shows how deep our team is and it was a lot of fun to watch.”
On playing Dayton
“They play hard and are a scrappy team. They are a team that gets excited over the little things. It will be important for us to match their intensity. We know that they really want to come and beat us here at our house.”
Sarah Schulze, sophomore forward
On her performance
“I continually want to work as hard as I can because I know I don’t get a lot of minutes in the close games. I try to contribute the best of my ability. I know I need to work on making less turnovers and my passing game.”
Samantha Prahalis, freshman guard
On the game
“It is neat that everyone got to play. It was a good win for our team. It was nice to see Sarah (Schulze) well. She can shoot and I’m not surprised how well she played today.”
On playing with Jantel Lavender
“She knows that she can get assists when she is being double teamed. She is a smart player and knows where I am on the court.”
Kelly Greenberg, Boston University head coach
On the game
“I thought we were okay offensively. We did a lot of good things up until the half, but I think our defense the first half hurt us. In the second half, we played together more and our defense was better.”
On Samantha Prahalis
“I think she brings an energy that they didn’t have last year. She’s a great addition to their team and will help them in the Big Ten.”
On Central Michigan
“After a loss like that, I know they’re going to be hungry. It’s going to be a good game. We have to be ready. We need to be able to play back-to-back games. It should be a good match-up.”