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Nov. 14, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Darryce Moore scored a career-high 20 points on 9 of 9 shooting and notched her second consecutive double-double with 10 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 83-71 win over visiting VCU Thursday night in front of 4,254 fans at Value City Arena.

The win improves Ohio State to 3-0 on the season while VCU falls to 1-1.

Ashley Adams also added 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Buckeyes, who used their height advantage to outscore the Rams 48-20 in the paint. The Rams tried to counter from the outside, hoisting 45 3-pointers and connecting on 11 of those.

“I thought we had stretches where we played great, but we just didn’t sustain that for long enough, and as I told the team, that is going to catch up to us eventually,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “We need to put together more quality minutes than what we did tonight if we want to continue to have success.

“VCU has a style of play that they stick to and we knew it was going to be that kind of game. When we were able to contest (VCU’s 3-pointers) we were able to get them to miss enough. But in the second half they moved the ball well and got a lot of good looks. To VCU’s credit, they played very hard, especially in the second half and really made us pay when we made mistakes.”

The Buckeyes led 40-26 at the half and led by as much as 19 with 6:53 left in the game after a three-point play by Amy Scullion. But VCU made one last charge, going on an 18-4 run over the next 5 minutes, capped off by a 3-pointer by Jessica Pellechio to cut the lead to 76-71 with 1:59 left.

But much like Sunday’s win when FAU mounted a charge, the Buckeyes had an answer. Only this time they used their defense, holding the Rams scoreless the rest of the way while putting the game out of reach from the free throw line, three by Cait Craft and two from Ameryst Alston.

Alston, the Big Ten’s leading scorer coming into the game, scored 14 points while Scullion played a career-high 33 minutes and recorded nine points, eight rebounds and two assists. Craft finished with nine points and four rebounds, Martina Ellerbe six points and Maleeka Kynard, who sat out the first two game with an ankle injury, scored five points and added two assists and two steals.

Ohio State shot 55 percent for the game and held the Rams to 28 percent shooting in the first half to help build their early lead.

Ohio State is back in action Sunday when it travels to No. 22 Georgia. Game time is 2 p.m. ET.