Nov. 14, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In a great back and forth battle down the stretch, Virginia was able to capitalize late and pulled out an 87-82 victory over Ohio State on opening night.
Junior guard Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes on the night with 27 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Freshman point guard Kelsey Mitchell rebounded from a slow start to finish with 26 points and four assists.
For Virginia, Sarah Imovbioh led the way with 18 points and 24 rebounds. Faith Randolph had 25 points and five assists.
The game featured nine ties and 18 lead changes, most of them in the second half. Virginia led 51-40 on the boards and took advantage of nine Ohio State turnovers to score 15 points.
Virginia came out of the gate on fire, connecting on four of its first five three-pointers and took a 24-10 lead. The Buckeyes then scored the next 15 points to get back into the game and take its first lead at 25-24. The teams then traded runs the rest of the half and the Buckeyes would lead at the break 43-29.
The second half was more back and forth. Neither team held more than a four-point lead until Virginia pulled away in the final minute. Mitchell settled down in the second half and provided a spark. Craft had a big three to give the Buckeyes a lead late but down the stretch, Virginia made enough plays to pull out the victory.
Hot Start But It Didn’t Last
Cold Start But It Didn’t Last
The Buckeyes will host St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday, Nov. 16, in its home opener at Value City Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. This will be St. Francis’ first game of the season.