Jan. 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State righted the ship and recorded its first Big Ten victory with a 68-45 win over visiting Indiana tonight at Value City Arena.
Tayler Hill led four Buckeyes in double-figures with 15 points and eight rebounds as the Buckeyes improved to 1-4 in the Big Ten and 11-7 overall. Indiana falls to 10-7 and 1-3 in the Big Ten.
Ohio State led by six at halftime, 30-24, but opened the second half on a 17-6 run to take a 47-30 lead with 13:28 left. Darryce Moore, who finished with 14 points and six rebounds, had six points during the deciding second-half run.
Indiana pulled to within 14 on a 3-pointer by Nicole Bell, but that would be as close as the Hoosiers would come. Two free throws and a 3-pointer by Hill at the 4:31 mark gave the Buckeyes their largest lead at 62-37.
Ohio State’s defense held Indiana to 31 percent shooting in the second half and 16 percent from 3-point range. Indiana’s leading scorer, Aulani Sinclair (19.6 ppg) scored just five points and was 2 of 15 from the field.
Jasmine McGhee had 17 points to lead Indiana, which shot just one free throw for the game (0-1).
The Buckeyes hit the road for the fourth time this month Sunday when they take on Wisconsin in Madison. Game time is 3 p.m. ET.
Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On the Buckeyes’ offensive performance
“I liked the fact that four players were in double figures. They were active on the boards and they had double digit assists.”
On junior forward Darryce Moore
“When she plays slow, she’s very good. The biggest thing in this game is that young players need to know the game is played slow and quick. When you’re playing quick, you’re under control. When you’re playing fast, you aren’t in control.”
Curt Miller, Indiana head coach
On the second-half play of the Hoosiers
“We were genuinely energized at halftime, but in the first two minutes of the second half, we had three turnovers. Our transition defense lacked and they picked up the tempo. The game got away from us and we didn’t have the firepower to answer their offensive runs. They started in zone and the man-to-man disrupted us more than their 1-3-1 zone.”
On Hill’s disruptive defensive
“Tayler’s length and athleticism bothered [Sinclair]. [Sinclair] got some looks that she is capable of making in the first half. She didn’t shoot well in practice this week. She makes shots and she hasn’t been making them lately. Tayler, to her credit, when they went man-to-man, made shots a lot more difficult.”
On Indiana’s inability to make it to the foul line
“We didn’t make a foul shot tonight. That was a big difference in the first half. We had more field goals made in the first half – we played with them. It’s really difficult to manufacture points. We don’t have penetrators; we don’t have a low post game. If they don’t foul jump shooters, it’s hard for this program to consistently get to the foul line.”