February 2, 2019

Buckeyes Head to Northwestern on Super Sunday

Ohio State at Northwestern
Date:February 3, 2019
Time:4:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Welsh-Ryan Arena -- Columbus, Ohio
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Live Stats:Statbroadcast
Game Notes:Ohio State | Northwestern | Big Ten

Noting Ohio State

  • Ohio State has won two in a row and is headed to Evanston to take on Northwestern on Sunday.
  • OSU is looking to pull even with the Wildcats in the Big Ten standings and also looking to get back to .500 overall on the year.
  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Northwestern 48-16 and have won 28 of the last 31 meetings dating back to 2000.
  • Ohio State has had their issues with taking care of the ball this season but in the last two games, OSU has had its two lowest turnover games of the season. The Buckeyes had 11 vs. Minnesota and 12 vs. Illinois.
  • The Buckeyes are in the midst of their fifth week of the season in which they will play three games in a seven-day span. They have gone 2-1 in two of the weeks and 1-2 in the other two.
  • Carly Santoro has scored 16 or more points in five of the last six games. She is second in the Big Ten during conference games in three-point shooting, making 22 threes and shooting 44 percent.
  • As a team, Ohio State has made the second-most three-pointers (70) in conference play and is third in three-point shooting percentage at 37.6.
  • Freshman guard Janai Crooms has scored nine or more points in seven of the last eight games and she is averaging nearly 12 points per game over that stretch.
  • Point guard Carmen Grande is just six assists from 800 in her career. The NCAA active assist leader, men or women, is averaging 6.5 assists per game over the last six contests.
  • Dorka Juhász has recorded six double-doubles this season. She also has seven games of 10 or more rebounds and leads the team in both scoring and rebounding.
  • Makayla Waterman scored a career-high 18 points in the win over Illinois, leading the Buckeyes to a season-high 78 points.


Series History vs. Northwestern

  • • The Buckeyes and Wildcats are meeting for the 64th time with Ohio State holding a 46-18 edge in the series.
  • The Bucks have dominated the series as of late, winning 28 of the last 31 meetings dating back to 2000.
  • The Wildcats swept the season series in 2011 and then picked up a win in Evanston in 2016.
  • Ohio State has dominated the series in Columbus, holding a 24-6 edge and winning 16 of the last 17 meetings.


McGuff vs. Northwestern

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 7-1 all-time against Northwestern
  • McGuff and the Buckeyes won twice against the Wildcats in his first season and then bested the Cats in the lone meeting in his second year.
  • After splitting the season series in 2016, McGuff and the Buckeyes won in Evanston in 2017 as well as in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
  • In their lone meeting last season, Ohio State claimed an 88-54 victory, extending their winning streak to three games.


Last Year vs. Northwestern

  • The No. 14 Buckeyes ended the home portion of the regular season on a strong note, shooting 60 percent from the field to cruise to an 88-54 win over Northwestern.
  • The 60.3 shooting percentage was the best for the Buckeyes in the season.
  • Northwestern’s 54 points was the fewest points Ohio State surrendered all season.
  • Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 22 points. The senior also dished out three assists and came away with one steal.
  • Linnae Harper poured in 15 points of the own, to go along with six rebounds and four assists.
  • Stephanie Mavunga scored double-digit points for the 11th consecutive game, finishing with 14 points.
  • Sierra Calhoun rounded out the Buckeyes to crack double digits as she scored 14 points to go along with three assists.
  • After Mitchell opened the game with a layup, the Wildcats scored five quick points to take a 5-2 lead.
  • Buckets from Calhoun and Mavunga put the Buckeyes in front, and from there they never looked back and closed the first quarter on a 26-to-8 run, taking a 28-13 lead into the break.
  • Ohio State wasted no time in extending its lead in the second, opening the quarter on a 13-to-5 run, pushing the lead to 23, 41-18.
  • Mitchell scored eight of her 22 in the second, punctuated by a three-pointer late in the quarter that helped send the Buckeyes into halftime with a 50-28 lead.
  • The Wildcats tried to claw back into the game in the third quarter, holding the Buckeyes to just 16 points in the period, but OSU shifted into another gear in the fourth quarter to secure the 88-54 win.