February 12, 2019

Buckeyes Take on Scarlet Knights on Valentine’s Day

Ohio State at #23 Rutgers
Date:February 14, 2019
Time:7 p.m.
Venue: Rutgers Athletic Center -- Piscataway, N.J.
Watch:BTN2Go (Online)
Live Stats:Statbroadcast
Game Notes:Ohio State | Rutgers | Big Ten

Noting Ohio State

  • Ohio State hits the road for a Valentine’s Day showdown at Rutgers on Thursday.
  • Fittingly the two Big Ten teams with “scarlet” as one of its official colors will play on the day of love.
  • The Buckeyes are an even 7-7 in games played on Valentine’s Day but are just 2-4 away from home.
  • The Big Ten standings are bunched in the middle as the Buckeyes are in a four-way tie for the eighth spot and just a game out of being tied for fifth.
  • OSU needs to finish the regular season 4-1 over the final five games to assure a .500 or better record heading into the Big Ten Tournament.
  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Rutgers 11-4 and have won all seven meetings since the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten in 2015.
  • Makayla Waterman notched the two highest scoring games of her career with 18 points vs. Illinois on Jan. 31 and then went 10-of-14 from the foul line in the decisive fourth quarter and finished with 19 points vs. Penn State on Feb. 6.
  • Dorka Juhász has recorded a team-high eight double-doubles this season. She is leading the team in both scoring (11.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg).
  • Carly Santoro is also averaging in double-figures at 11.3 points per game and has a team-high four games of 20 or more points. She also leads the team in three-pointers with 32.
  • Freshman guard Janai Crooms has scored nine or more points in 10 of the last 11 games and she dished-out a season-high seven assists on Feb. 10 vs. Iowa.
  • Point guard Carmen Grande notched the 800th assist of her career on Feb. 6 vs. Penn State. She is the NCAA active assist leader for men or women with 803.
  • Grande is fourth in the Big Ten at 4.8 assists per game.


Series History vs. Rutgers

  • Thursday’s game will be the 16th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Rutgers. The Buckeyes hold an 11-4 lead in the series.
  • After splitting the first eight meetings in the series, the Buckeyes have won the last seven games between the two teams.
  • All seven of those recent victories have come since Rutgers joined the Big Ten Conference.
  • The 45 points scored by Rutgers in 2017 was the fewest scored by the Scarlet Knights in the series.
  • The teams have met twice in the NCAA Tournament. Rutgers won the battle in 2005 and the Buckeyes came out on top in 1993 en route to their lone Final Four appearance.
  • Ohio State is 6-1 all-time against Rutgers in games played in Columbus and 3-2 in games at Rutgers.


McGuff vs. Rutgers

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 7-0 all-time against Rutgers and legendary head coach C. Vivian Stringer.
  • All seven wins have come while he’s been the head coach at Ohio State.


Last Year vs. Rutgers

  • Ohio State and Rutgers met twice last year, once in the regular season and once in the Big Ten Tournament, with the Buckeyes coming out on top both times.
  • In their first meeting, No. 13 Ohio State made 11 three-pointers and shot over 56 percent in a 90-68 victory over Rutgers.
  • Kelsey Mitchell was a season-best 5-of-6 from downtown and 10-of-13 overall to finish with a game-high 28 points.
  • Stephanie Mavunga notched a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Sierra Calhoun had the hot hand early and finished with 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
  • Seniors Linnae Harper and Alexa Hart chipped in 15 and 12 points respectively to round out the double-digit scorers for the Buckeyes.
  • Harper and Calhoun each made a three and had seven first quarter points to help the Buckeyes build a 22-17 lead.
  • OSU opened the second quarter on a 15-4 run to push the lead to 37-21 and force a Rutgers timeout with 5:30 left until halftime.
  • The margin would be 21 at the break, 51-30, as the Buckeyes were 8-of-15 from beyond arc in the opening half.
  • The second half was all Buckeyes. They were 7-of-12 shooting in both the third and fourth quarters and held the 20-point margin nearly the entire half. Rutgers got as close at 16 late in the third quarter but never really threatened.
  • The second meeting of the season took place on March 2nd in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • No. 1 seed Ohio State continued to roll, knocking off No. 9 seed Rutgers 82-57 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and had four assists to lead four Buckeyes in double-figures.
  • Stephanie Mavunga added 18 points and six rebounds while Sierra Calhoun chipped in with 14 points and three steals.
  • Senior forward Alexa Hart made her first start of the season and responded with 10 points and six rebounds.
  • Ohio State took control of the game by dominated the middle two quarters. The Buckeye defense held Rutgers to just 14 combined points in the second and third quarters and opened up a 36 point lead through three quarters.
  • The Buckeyes shot 63 percent in the first quarter but Rutgers held its own on the glass and OSU only led 25-19 at the end of one.
  • The score remained close midway through the second quarter and that’s when the Buckeye defense picked up. Ohio State finished the quarter on a 9-0 run over the final five minutes to take a 41-26 lead into halftime.
  • Mavunga opened the third quarter by scoring the first six points and any chance of a second half comeback by the Scarlett Knights was squashed.