COLUMBUS, Ohio The 16th-ranked Ohio State women’s basketball team improved its record to 4-0 Monday night with a 79-38 win over the Southern Jaguars (0-2) at Value City Arena. Junior Star Allen led the Buckeyes with 17 points and nine rebounds in the win.

Ohio State’s defense harassed Southern from the get-go, turning 31 turnovers into 37 points while outscoring the Jaguars 28-8 in the paint. The Buckeyes recorded 21 steals, two shy of the school record and the most since Feb. 17, 2002 when OSU forced 20 at Northwestern.

The Buckeyes sprinted out in front once again, building a 20-6 lead behind two 3-pointers each from Marscilla Packer and Ashlee Trebilcock. The duo combined to hit their first four attempts during the opening run.

Ohio State eventually led 39-17 at the half behind 11 points from Allen, nine from Jantel Lavender and eight by Packer. The Buckeyes recorded 11 steals and forced 18 turnovers in the opening period.

Packer finished with 16 points and dished out six assistsone shy of her career best. Trebilcock recorded a career-best with six dimes of her own as the Buckeyes assisted on 26 of their 30 field goals overall.

Lavender, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Shavelle Little did her thing once again on defense, recording five steals and seven points.

Senior Tamarah Riley had a great night off the bench with a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points. Allen was 8-of-10 from the field and dished out five assists.

Despite 22 turnovers by Ohio State, the starting backcourt of Little, Packer and Trebilcock committed just three between them.

Courtney Scott led Southern with nine points as Ohio State didn’t allow a single Jaguar to score in double-figures.

Ohio State is back in action this weekend when they host the Buckeye Classic at St. John Arena Nov. 24-25. The Buckeyes will face Colgate at 2 p.m. on Saturday and either Winston-Salem or Auburn on the 25th at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.


Postgame Quotes

Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“We have a bunch of freshmen seeing things for the first time in their entire basketball career. It is a good frame of reference for them in this game. Freshmen are just finding out what gaps are in a zone defense. They can grow from these opportunities.”

On the defense
“Shavelle (Little) started out the game with pressuring the ball a lot. When you get that kind of lead, players tend to get casual.  They have to stay disciplined. “

Star Allen, junior forward
On the running game
“Every game I run hard. Jantel (Lavender) and I together, we run hard. We score a lot by running the ball.”

Shavelle Little, sophomore guard
On improving
“I need to be more intense and more determined. I’m good with the ball, but I need to focus on helping when I do not have the ball.”