COLUMBUS, Ohio Senior guard Marscilla Packer paced Ohio State with 22 points while junior forward Star Allen added 13 points and nine rebounds as No. 15 Ohio State downed Colgate, 88-26, Saturday at St. John Arena in game two of the Klosterman Buckeye Classic.
Ohio State (5-0) advances to Sunday’s championship game at 1 p.m. against No. 24 Auburn (5-0) who defeated Winston-Salem State, 70-37, in game one.
The Buckeyes set a school record by limiting Colgate to just 18 percent (8-of-43) shooting for the game and didn’t allow a Red Raider over seven points.
Ohio State set Buckeye Classic records for both fewest points allowed (26) and fewest field goals allowed (8). The 62-point margin of victory was the largest for the Buckeyes since Dec. 1, 2004 when OSU defeated Ohio University 107-37. The 26 points allowed also marked the fewest points allowed by the Buckeyes since the 1972-73 season.
The Buckeyes opened the game with a 26-5 run and added a 35-4 run that started with 4:49 left in the first half, spanning the next 8:32 to give Ohio State a 52-15 lead nearly four minutes into the second half. Ohio State was 12-of-26 from three-point range, including 5-of-8 from Packer, 2-of-2 from Cherise Daniel and 2-of-2 from Maria Moeller. The Buckeyes also out-rebounded the Raiders 49-26 for the game.
Packer has hit 18 3-pointers over the first five games — an average of 3.6 per game. That is the most among all Big Ten players so far this season.
The win marked the second-straight game that the Buckeyes did not allow a double-figure scorer. Caitlin Gillard led the Raiders with seven points and five rebounds while Evan Librizzi added six.
Freshman Jantel Lavender had a solid day with 10 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes. Allen is averaging 14.0 points and 9.6 rebounds over the last three games after scoring just seven points in the first two games combined.
Shavelle Little, who has been showing steady improvement each game, made her fifth start and finished with a career-high seven assists to go with five points and four steals and, most importantly, zero turnovers. Moeller and Brittany Johnson each finished with seven.