January 13, 2020

Buckeyes Navigate a Tough Week at 2-1



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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team knew the start to 2020 wasn’t going to be easy as the Buckeyes opened the new year with their first of two three games in six days stretches of the conference season. This opening stretch was made even tougher because of the opponents as they were on the road at No. 17 Maryland and then also hosted No. 24 Michigan. But the team played well in stretches in all three games and came away with two wins. Below are a few notes from the week.

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Juhasz Player of the Week Worthy
Sophomore forward Dorka Juhasz had a very solid week, averaging 14.7 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting 53.1 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from long range. The 6-4 Hungary native, made eight of her 12 three-point attempts on the week. In the win over Penn State on Sunday, she notched her second double-double of the year with game-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds while also tying a career-high with four steals. In the win over rival Michigan, she battled foul trouble but still managed nine points on 3-of-4 from long range.

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Another Good Week for Bell
Kierstan Bell, the Big Ten Freshman of the Week each of the last two weeks, continued her stellar freshman campaign with another solid week. She averaged 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in just 16.7 minutes per game. She shot 46.4 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from long range with seven makes, which was her best three-game stretch of the season. In the win over No. 24 Michigan, the Canton, Ohio native had 15 points and team-highs of six rebounds, three assists and two steals. On Sunday against Penn State, she scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half which helped the Buckeyes build an insurmountable lead.

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Greene Shines vs. Michigan
Freshman point guard Madison Greene was inserted into the starting lineup just before the start of Big Ten play and she has played well in that new role. No more so than against No. 24 Michigan on Thursday evening when she willed the Buckeyes to victory with a career-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting. She also was 2-of-3 from distance and made all five of her free throws to go along with a career-high three steals. She scored eight of the Buckeyes’ final 10 points down the stretch including a remarkable twisting jumper against Michigan’s best player Naz Hillmon. Greene has scored 23 points combined in the other four Big Ten games but stepped up big when the team really needed her vs. the Wolverines.

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Miller Regaining Her Form
Transfer junior Braxtin Miller joined the team this summer and immediately became the team’s most experienced player. The Dayton, Ohio native averaged over 13 points per game in her two seasons at Oklahoma State and made 105 three-pointers. She started this season right where she left off, scoring 56 points in the first five games. But after that, she struggled a bit with her shot and only scored in double-figures once over the next eight games.

2020 brought a new year and a new positive attitude for Miller and she seems to be finding her form at the right time. In the three games this past week, she averaged 10 points, made three three-pointers, dished-out eight assists and had just four turnovers all while playing a team-high 35 minutes per game. The Buckeyes will need more of that over the next two months as they make a push for the postseason.

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Team Notes

  • The Buckeyes played well in the first half at No. 17 Maryland and led by seven at halftime. But a tough second half, mired by turnovers, led to a 10-point defeat. In that game, they turned the ball over a season-high 25 times. But the very next game vs. No. 24 Michigan, the team turned the ball over a season-low nine times in a rousing 78-69 victory.
  • The team came into the week averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game and would average nearly 10 per game over the three games. The Buckeyes made a season-high 11-of-22 three-point attempts in the win over Michigan and then followed that with 10 more makes vs. Penn State.
  • The Buckeyes didn’t score 80 points in any of the 18 Big Ten games last year but hit the 80 mark Sunday vs. Penn State after posting 78 on Thursday.
  • The Buckeyes have blocked five or more shots in five of the last six games including twice last week. The Buckeyes are in the top-30 in the country in blocks per game at 4.7 per contest and conversely, they don’t get blocked. Opponents are blocking just 1.7 OSU shots per game which is eighth-best in the country.
  • Because of the Penn State zone, OSU moved the ball and assisted on 22 of 30 made field goals. That was just the fourth game this season with 20 or more assists and the most in a Big Ten game since dishing out 20 at Penn State on Feb. 25, 2018.