September 30, 2021

Buckeyes Open Preseason

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Returning 10 student-athletes and adding three newcomers, the Buckeyes are excited to play in front of a home crowd again in Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center this season and build upon last season’s strong start. Ohio State also added two new coaches to the staff.

Working around constant schedule changes, Ohio State finished the 2020-21 season with a 13-7 overall record and a 9-7 record against Big Ten opponents. The Buckeyes began the season winning nine of their first 10 games but finished seventh in the conference. OSU returns three all-conference selections in Jacy Sheldon (second team), Madison Greene (honorable mention) and Kateri Poole (all-freshman) from last season’s roster.

Supplementing the 10 returners, Head Coach Kevin McGuff and the coaching staff added two freshman and a transfer to the Buckeye ranks during the offseason. Senior guard Taylor Mikesell joins Ohio State after spending the last year at Oregon and starting her career with two years at Maryland. The 2018-19 Big Ten Freshman of the Year broke UMD’s single-season three-pointers record as a freshman and went on to lead Oregon in the same category as the Ducks made a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2020-21. Freshman guard Kaitlyn Costner played high school ball at both Penn Harris Madison and Elkhart Central, leading Elkhart to its first sectional title in 27 years and helping Penn to sectional and regional titles. Freshman guard/forward Taylor Thierry is the reigning Division II Player of the Year from Laurel, where the team made a state tournament appearance in 2020-21.

McGuff, the eighth head coach in program history, enters his ninth year at the helm of Ohio State women’s basketball. He owns a career record of 426-184 as a head coach after stints at Xavier and Washington. McGuff most recently led OSU to a WNIT appearance in 2018-19 following four-straight NCAA appearances between 2015-18, including two trips to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. His tenure has included five 20-win seasons.

The Buckeyes began practice on Thursday in preparation for the exhibition game against Slippery Rock on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Ohio State opens the regular season at home against Bucknell on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The Buckeyes first Big Ten matchup is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5 at Purdue. View the full 2021-22 schedule HERE.

Season tickets are now on sale as the Buckeyes welcome fans back to Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center. Buy season tickets HERE. Fans with ticketing questions should call the Ohio State Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS or email athletic.tix@osu.edu.

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