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Feb. 10 – Feb. 17, 2020
Athletics Good Stuff
The women’s basketball team has won five consecutive games to improve to 16-9 overall and 9-5 in the Big Ten Conference. How about the frosh fun in the 99-point game vs. Minnesota last Thursday: Madison Greene had a career high 25 points and a career-high seven assists, and Jacy Sheldon and Kiersten Bell had 19 and 15 points respectively. Greene came back to score 22 in the road win Sunday over No. 20 Indiana. Ohio State hit its final 11 shots and defeated a ranked team for the fourth time this year.
Staying with hoops: the men’s basketball team has won five of its last six games to improve to 17-8 overall and 7-7 in the competitive Big Ten Conference, which has just two teams with fewer than six league losses. J. Walker has 25 assists (4.2 per game average) and just eight turnovers (1.3) in the Buckeyes’ last six games.
Andrea Braendl made 74 saves against No. 2 Wisconsin over the weekend to spark the No. 6 women’s hockey team to a 1-0-1 weekend. Ohio State, 18-8-6 overall and 11-6-5 WCHA, defeated the Badgers 3-1 Saturday and tied the host team Sunday, 1-1. Tatum Skaggs had a goal in each game, including the 100th point of her career to join the ranks of only 11 other 100-point Buckeyes.
Baseball, the oldest varsity sport on campus, opened its 137th season by going 2-1 this past weekend at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Buckeyes swept aside a loss to St. Joseph’s in the opener and defeated Pitt, 4-1, and Indiana State, 10-6, in 10 innings. LHP Seth Lonsway struck out 12 in six innings and reliever Bayden Root struck out six in relief in the win over Pitt. Connor Pohl’s bases loaded double in the top of the 10th – part of a four-RBI day for him – enabled the Buckeyes to chop down the Sycamores.
Event wins by Raina Malas (vault), Colby Miller (uneven bars), Fr. Ella Hodges (balance beam) and Danica Abanto and Alexis Hankins, who tied on floor exercise, carried the women’s gymnastics team to a 195.350-195.150 win over Penn State to improve to 4-3 on the season.
The men’s tennis program presented coach Ty Tucker with his 600th coaching victory – yes, he is the all-time winningest coach in Big Ten Conference history – with an ITA indoor national championship quarterfinal win over No. 6 Wake Forest. Ohio State’s bid for a third indoor title was stopped by dadgum No. 5 North Carolina yesterday. The Buckeyes are No. 2 nationally and 13-1.
The Ohio State swimming teams hosted eight other schools for a three-day weekend of racing. The Buckeyes won a combined total of 10 races, including two apiece from Becca Luft (50 and 100 freestyles) and Sarah Turchanik (200 individual medley and 200 butterfly). The Big Ten championships are this week for the women.
3 Ohio State got victories from Malik Heinselman (125 pounds), Sammy Sasso (149), Quinn Kinner (157), Kollin Moore (197) and “Gas Tank” Gary Traub (285) to match No. 2 Penn State in wins, but bonus point wins in three consecutive matches enabled Penn State to escape with a 20-16 win.
The women’s lacrosse team went 1-1 last week – a W over Kent State and an L at Stony Brook – and is now 3-1 on the season. Sophie Baez (7 goals, 3 assists, 10 points) and Liz Hernandez ( 6-3-9) are leading the team in scoring.
Pistol capped a 15-0 regular season with wins over Army and Coast Guard as school records were broken in open air pistol (2,269; Katelyn Abeln, Samuel Gens, Shrenik Jain and Bernard Melus) and 3-gun aggregate (6,711; Abeln, Robert Delagrange, Gens, Cade Haiby Jain and Melus). Gens also broke his previous record in air pistol by shooting a 574.
The men’s volleyball program gave first-year coach Kevin Burch his first MIVA victory, stopping McKendree in straight sets as frosh setter Michael Wright sprayed 39 assists for the 9-4, 1-1 (MIVA) Buckeyes.
The men’s and women’s track & field teams were divided among meets at Clemson, Iowa State and Kent State this weekend. Four-time Big Ten champion Anavia Battle blazed to a :22.66 time to win the 200 meters at Clemson while Adelaide Aquilla won the women’s shot put at Kent with a toss of 17.22 meters. Garrett Doyle finished second at Kent in the weight throw with a personal best heave of 20.84 meters. The men’s 4×400-meter relay team – Donnie James, Tyler Johnson, Andre Jeff and RJ Russell – took second at Clemson in 3:07.35.
We’ve got some Buckeyes up for national awards:
Lacrosse seniors Ryan Terefenko and Tre Leclaire were named to the 2020 Tewaaraton Award watch list. The award honors the nation’s top player.
Senior Tanner Laczynski, is one of 10 finalists for the 2020 men’s hockey Senior CLASS Award based on his notable achievements in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.
Senior Kyle Seelig and juniors Jacob Wareti and John McNally have been named captains of the men’s tennis team.
Avery Clark was named the Big Ten Freshman of the week after hitting .545, slugging at an .818 clip and driving in three runs to help the softball team to a 3-1 record in its opening weekend of play.