Jan. 17, 2013

Box Score | Box Score | VIDEO: Game Highlights

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.

Ashley Adams and Aleksandra Dobranic each finished with 10 points while Ameryst Alston turned in another solid all-around game with seven points, seven assists and eight rebounds. 

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. 

Postgame Notes

    • Ohio State wished Helen Crouse, who turned 105 years young today, a Happy Birthday. Crouse has been attending games since 1978 and has been a season-ticket holder since Ohio State began selling season packages.
    • Ohio State has a 48-21 advantage in the all-time series with Indiana. The Hoosiers have not won in Columbus since Jan. 31, 2002.
    • The Buckeyes improve to 10-1 in Value City Arena this season and under head coach Jim Fosteris 169-14 all-time in Columbus.
    • Ohio State has hit at least one 3-pointer in 137 consecutive games.
    • The Buckeyes outscored Indiana, 34-16, in the paint.
    • The Ohio State bench scored 19 points, including Sasha Dobranic, who finished with 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting in 19 minutes of action.
    • For the 12th time this season, Ohio State out-rebounded its opponent Thursday night. The Buckeyes are 10-2 in those games with their only losses coming against Washington State (+3) and Purdue (+7).
    • Senior Tayler Hillscored in double figures for the 51st consecutive game, the longest active streak in the Big Ten. After scoring 15 points Thursday vs. Indiana, Hill now needs 11 points to move into ninth place in the Ohio State records book for all-time scoring (1,747). Hill now has 1,736.
    • For the fourth consecutive game, junior Darryce Moorescored in double figures. Moore finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds.
    • Freshman Ameryst Alstontied her career best for rebounds with eight.

Postgame Quotes

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.”