Feb. 15, 2016

Athletes of the Week

  • Ameryst Alston, women’s basketball
    • The senior contributed 22 points in OSU’s win against No. 5 Maryland and scored her 2,000th career point against Iowa, becoming the sixth Buckeye to score 2,000 points in a career. On Sunday, she led Ohio State with 26 points in a win at Penn State, making a career-high eight 3-point field goals.
  • Alec Yoder, men’s gymnastics
    • The freshman won pommel horse with an NCAA-leading score of 15.750 while also earning top-three finishes on rings (season-best 15.600) and parallel bars (14.95) as Ohio State defeated defending Big Ten champion Penn State.

No. 6 Women’s Basketball (21-4, 13-1 B1G)

  • Ohio State’s week started with a bang, defeating then-No. 5 Maryland 94-86 at Value City Arena to take control of the Big Ten title race. Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with 33 points.
  • Next up was a 98-81 win at Iowa, during which Alston recorded her 2,000th career point. Mitchell and Shayla Cooper each poured in 20 points for the Buckeyes.
  • The Scarlet and Gray closed a busy week with a 77-63 win at Penn State, the ninth win in a row for the Buckeyes.

Men’s Basketball (16-10, 8-5 B1G)

  • The Buckeyes won both of their games last week, taking down B1G foes Northwestern and Rutgers.
  • Against the Wildcats, Ohio State rallied in the second half for a 71-63 victory. Five players reached double figures in scoring with JaQuan Lyle leading the way with 16.
  • Keita Bates-Diop was the star of the Rutgers game, setting career highs in both points (24) and rebounds (14) en route to the 79-69 win. Jae’Sean Tate also notched a double-double, scoring 22 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.

No. 6 Women’s Tennis (9-1)

  • In a matchup of Top 10 teams, No. 6 Ohio State posted a 4-2 win over No. 5 Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Buckeyes won the doubles point before taking four of the six singles matches to clinch the victory.
  • No. 1-ranked Francesca Di Lorenzo continued her stellar season, defeating a top-20 opponent while Miho Kowase, Ferny Angeles Paz, and Olivia Sneed all won their singles matches as well.
  • On Sunday, Ohio State topped No. 24 Georgia Tech 6-1. In the win, Kowase, Sneed and Di Lorenzo all posted singles and doubles victories, with five Buckeyes posting straight-set singles wins.

No. 4 Men’s Gymnastics

  • No. 4 Ohio State joined the prestigious 440 club with a 444.500-433.250 victory over No. 9 Penn State Saturday.
  • The Buckeyes set a school record on the rings with a 75.950 and also earned the best team score in the nation this season on the pommel horse (75.100). The winning team total of 444.500 ranks third in the NCAA this year and second in the OSU record book
  • Aside from Yoder, Sean Melton also had a great day, scoring 15.750 on the rings, the second-highest score in the nation this year and third-highest in OSU history. Alex Wilson earned first place on the parallel bars (personal-best 15.200), while Andrew Rickly won the high bar with a personal-best 15.200.

No. 7 Men’s Volleyball (10-3, 5-1 MIVA)

  • Making a road swing through Illinois, Ohio State downed two-time defending NCAA Champion Loyola (IL) 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-22) before taking down Lewis 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-20) the next day.
  • Miles Johnson served as the lead knight against Loyola, inflicting 25.5 points worth of damage on the night. Nicolas Szerszen got in on nine kills and an OSU trio of Matt Dorn, Christian Franceschi and Blake Leeson each tallied five put-aways.
  • Against Lewis, Christy Blough assisted on 36 of Ohio State’s 39 kills and the team as a whole fired off seven aces.

No. 7 Men’s Tennis (10-1)

  • No. 8 Ohio State team capped the ITA Indoor Team Championships with a thrilling 4-3 victory over No. 3 Texas A&M on Sunday in Charlottesville, Va.
  • After dropping the doubles point, the Buckeyes won four of six singles matches to avenge last season’s loss to the Aggies in the NCAA Tournament.
  • The win was the second of the weekend for the Scarlet and Gray over a top-5 ranked team. OSU opened the weekend with a 4-0 win over No. 4 Baylor on Friday.

No. 10 Wrestling (10-3, 7-2 B1G)

  • On senior night, Ohio State rolled to a 34-6 victory over Wisconsin in front of a season-high crowd of 5,650 at St. John Arena.
  • The Buckeyes won eight of 10 matches, highlighted by a technical fall from Kyle Snyder, a dual-closing pin from Jake Ryan and an overtime triumph from one of the nine seniors honored before the match – Kenny Courts.

No. 11 Men’s Lacrosse (2-0)

  • In its home opener against Detroit, Ohio State powered its way to a 16-5 victory.
  • JT Blubaugh led the Buckeyes with a career-high four goals and two assists. Eric Fannell and Johnny Pearson each scored twice, while Jake Withers won 14-of-17 faceoffs and led the team with seven groundballs.

No. 18/19 Women’s Lacrosse (1-0)

  • Ohio State opened its season on Saturday, defeating visiting Detroit 22-8.
  • Sophomore Molly Wood led the way with five goals while Rainey Hodgson (2 goals, 4 assists) and Cian Dabrowski (1 goal, 4 assists) added six and five points, respectively.

Softball (3-1)

  • The Buckeyes kicked off their season in Baton Rouge over the weekend, winning three of four to begin the 2016 campaign. OSU defeated Pacific, Connecticut and North Florida over the course of Friday and Saturday.
  • Taylor White’s four hits over the weekend led the team, while Ashley Goodwin’s four RBI was the most among Buckeyes, all of which came in the team’s 7-1 win over North Florida.
  • Shelby Hursh pitched in three of the four games this weekend, striking out 10 while allowing just one earned run in 10.1 innings on the rubber.

Track & Field

  • A sweep of the 4×400-meter relay titles, two wins in the 200-meter dash and another big victory by senior J.C. Murasky in the shot put highlighted the Ohio State track and field team’s weekend trip to the SPIRE DI Team Invitational.
  • The women’s 4×400 relay turned in the performance of the weekend for the Buckeyes, winning the 1600-meter competition in a school indoor-record time of 3:33.38, the No. 9 time nationally this season and the top performance in the Big Ten

Men’s and Women’s Swimming

  • Ohio State hosted its Winter Invitational this weekend, welcoming representatives from eight schools. In the teams’ final event before Big Ten championships, several underclassmen were given the opportunity to produce career-best times in nearly every event. Individually Mikayla Murphy, Grant Pinchot and Jack Hendricks were among those who earned NCAA provisional cut times.

Women’s Golf

  • Playing amongst the nation’s top female collegiate golfers, Ohio State’s Jessica Porvasnik produced one of just four rounds of 68 or better at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Her final round 68 not only put her in the elite company, but also vaulted her 19 spots up the individual leaderboard into a share of 13th place overall for the 54-hole event.

Synchronized Swimming

  • Ohio State had a successful Valentine’s Day weekend in Virginia, winning a pair of head-to-head duals with Richmond and William & Mary. They posted 102 points against the Spiders and scored a season-high 124 against William & Mary.
  • Junior Emma Baranski had another great weekend. She posted her two highest scores of her career in the solo routine, notching a career-best 89.0667 at W&M after posting an 87.9333 on Saturday. Freshman Wenjing Deng also competed in the solo routine and posted her highest score of the year with an 85.0000 at Richmond.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Monday, Feb. 15

  • Fencing – Junior Olympics, All Day – Cleveland, Ohio

Tuesday, Feb. 16

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, Feb. 17

  • Women’s Swimming and Diving – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Ann Arbor, Mich.

Thursday, Feb. 18

  • Women’s Swimming and Diving – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Women’s Basketball vs. Nebraska, 6 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics – Winter Cup, TBA – Las Vegas, Nev.

Friday, Feb. 19

  • Women’s Swimming and Diving – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Baseball vs. Toledo, 1 p.m. – Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Track & Field – Buckeye Tune-Up, 4 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Lacrosse at California, 5 p.m. – Berkeley, Calif.
  • Men’s Tennis vs. Texas A&M, 6 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Hockey at Penn State, 6:30 p.m. – University Park, Pa.
  • Softball at Georgia Tech, 6:30 p.m. – Atlanta, Ga.
  • Men’s Volleyball vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Hockey vs. North Dakota , 7:07 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Gymnastics at Boise State, 9 p.m. – Boise, Idaho
  • Men’s Gymnastics – Winter Cup, TBA – Las Vegas, Nev.

Saturday, Feb. 20

  • Women’s Swimming and Diving – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Softball vs. Syracuse, 10 a.m. – Atlanta, Ga.
  • Women’s Tennis vs. Tennessee, 12 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Lacrosse at UMass, 12 p.m. – Amherst, Mass.
  • Baseball vs. Niagara, 2 p.m. – Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Softball at Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. – Atlanta, Ga.
  • Men’s Hockey at Penn State, 3 p.m. – University Park, Pa.
  • Women’s Hockey vs. North Dakota, 4:07 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball vs. Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. – Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Men’s Basketball at Nebraska, 7 p.m. – Lincoln, Neb.
  • Men’s Volleyball vs. Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics – Winter Cup, TBA – Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Rifle – NCAA Qualifier, TBA—Columbus, Ohio
  • Synchronized Swimming vs. Boston/Wheaton, TBA – Norton, Mass.

Sunday, Feb. 21

  • Softball vs. Syracuse, 10 a.m. – Atlanta, Ga.
  • Men’s Tennis vs. Florida, 12 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Basketball vs. Illinois, 2 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball vs. Toledo, 2 p.m. – Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Women’s Lacrosse at Stanford, 3 p.m. – Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Women’s Gold – Westbrook Spring Invitational, All Day – Peoria, Ariz.
  • Wrestling – NWCA Championship Dual Series, TBA – Columbus, Ohio