Feb. 7, 2013

Box Score | VIDEO: Alston Buzzer Beater | VIDEO: Game Wrap-up

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State snatched victory from the jaws of defeat Thursday, working two overtimes to defeat Wisconsin, 65-59, at Value City Arena.

Trailing by four points with 11 seconds left (and with some fans heading for the exits), Tayler Hill was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1.5 seconds left. After making the first two, Hill intentionally missed the third free throw and Amber Stokes tipped the ball under the basket to Ameryst Alston who quickly flipped the ball over her shoulder and through the net as time expired. It was Alston’s first basket of the game.

But that was only just the beginning of the drama. With 1:32 left in the first overtime and down two, Stokes drove baseline and converted a layup to tie the game for the 14th time. After a Wisconsin miss on its next possession, Hill had a chance to win the game but missed a layup, which forced another overtime session.

This time Ohio State (13-10, 3-7) eliminated the drama early, outscoring the Badgers 7-1 in the second overtime to win its second in a row and keep its postseason hopes alive.

Ashley Adams led Ohio State with 16 points and nine rebounds while Hill and Stokes each added 15. Aleksandra Dobranic also hit key shots for the Buckeyes in critical moments and finished with nine.

Wisconsin, who is the only team in the Big Ten to defeat conference-leader Penn State, was led by Jacki Gulczynski’s 32 points, which were two shy of the opponent record at Value City Arena (34).

The Buckeyes came out looking to avenge a previous loss in Madison and did so with defense. They forced 18 Wisconsin (10-13, 2-8) turnovers and turned them into 19 points at the other end, finishing 19-4 in OSU’s favor in points off turnovers.

The game ultimately featured 14 ties and 10 lead changes.

Ohio State led 26-24 at the break behind some stingy defense and balanced scoring, seven coming from Hill before going to the bench with two fouls. Ohio State held Wisconsin to 26 percent shooting and forced six turnovers in the first 15 minutes.

The Buckeyes will look to make it three in a row this weekend when they travel to take on Northwestern Sunday in Evanston. Game time is 4 p.m. ET on BTN.

Postgame Notes
• This was the third overtime game of the season for the Buckeyes. Ohio State has played a total of six overtime periods this season – a single-, double- and triple-overtime game.
• The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with UW, 48-15, including a 23-5 advantage in Columbus.
• The Badgers have not won in Columbus since Jan. 16, 2000.
• Only one opponent, Iowa, has shot 50 percent or better from the field against Ohio State’s defense this season. Ohio State held UW to 36.8 percent and forced 18 TO’s.
• Senior Tayler Hill has scored in double-figures in 56 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and the fourth longest in Division I.v • Hill has played 40+ minutes in eight of the last nine games. She played a career-high 46 tonight.
• Ohio State has hit at least one 3-pointer in 142 consecutive games.
•Ohio State is 170-16 all-time at home under head coach Jim Foster, including 11-3 this season.
• Ohio State held a 19-4 advantage in points off turnovers.

Postgame Quotes
Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On Ameryst Alston’s put-back at the end of regulation
“She always makes interesting layups. She has a good sense around the basket and knows how to get there. For that play, she knew where she was.”

On Ohio State’s performance
“They all played well. Ashley Adams stepped up. Amy Scullion had good defense and Sasha (Dobranic) made some good shots. As a team we didn’t turn the ball over (that much).”

On Tayler Hill
“Hill’s scoring at the end was impressive and she made her foul shots.”

Tayler Hill, senior forward
On Ashley Adams’ performance
“She is too big to have no one guarding her. We feed her the ball and she does what she can. We have to remind her all the time that she has a great shot.”

On intentionally missing the free throw at the end of regulation
“We work on missing free throws occasionally in practice. I did not think even think about it. I just caught it and passed it up there. They knew I was going to catch and shoot to try and catch them off guard.”

Amber Stokes, senior guard
On intentions for the game
“I wanted to come in the game, contribute and play good defense.”

On the team’s play
“As a team we played good defense. We held them down until the very last second. Overall, we did a really good job. “

Bobbie Kelsey, Wisconsin head coach
On forward Jacki Gulczynski
“Jacki stepped up big time. She came through for us. She hit some clutch shots when we needed her to.”

On the final play of regulation
“It’s disheartening. I don’t know what to say to them. When you have the game you have to play smart until the final horn. On the Big Ten rule of not having monitors … I don’t know if that field goal [by Ameryst Alston] was good or not. If you have the facilities and equipment, and you have the monitors, that could make the difference for the team.”

On Wisconsin’s performance
“We play with whom we have. If you play hard, you never know what’s going to happen. Tonight we just did not finish the game. You have to finish the game.”