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Nov. 10, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomores Cait Craft and Ameryst Alston combined for 57 points as Ohio State held off a feisty FAU squad, 91-88, Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena.

Ohio State, who for the second consecutive game played short-handed, this time with just seven healthy players, led 78-58 with 7:25 to go when the Owls slowly started chipping away at the lead. FAU would cut Ohio State’s lead to 11 with 4:03 left and eventually one, twice, behind seven second-half 3-pointers.

Up 86-85 with 1:45 left, senior Darryce Moore gave Ohio State some added breathing room with a clutch 3-point play to make the score 89-85. But the Owls weren’t done as Latavia Dempsey hit the Owls’ seventh 3-pointer of the half to make it a one-point game once again with 35 seconds left. On Ohio State’s next possession Alston was fouled and the calmly sank two free throws to put the game away.

Craft scored a career-high 29 points on 7 of 8 shooting and hit 13 of 19 from the free throw line. Alston added 28 and hit all seven of her free throws. Ashley Adams scored 14 and pulled down 14 rebounds while Moore followed suit with a double-double of her own with 11 points and 10 boards. Amy Scullion hit her first career three-pointer in the first half for her only points, but grabbed a career-high eight rebounds – none bigger than the one that help set up Moore’s three-point play in the final minutes.

Ohio State, who hasn’t lost a home opener since 1998, opened the game on a 29-6 run, shooting 4 of 6 from three. The Buckeyes dominated in the paint, 42-12, and shot 55 percent for the game, including 60 percent in the first half as Ohio State led 52-41 at the break.

Takia Brooks led FAU with 25 points and Dempsy had 19.

Ohio State is back in action Thursday when it welcomes VCU at 7 p.m. at Value City Arena. For tickets call 1-800-GoBucks or visit www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Honeycutt to Transfer
Head coach Kevin McGuff announced after the game that junior guard Shelbi Honeycutt is transferring and will not be a part of the Buckeye roster in 2013-14. 

“Shelbi is a great kid and we wish her nothing but the best,” McGuff said. “I think she would like to go to another school where she will get a little more playing time and possibly be closer to home (in Arkansas).”