Nov. 15, 2016

Athletes of the Week

Nikki Walts, women’s soccer
Walts scored two crucial goals in Saturday night’s first round NCAA Tournament game against Dayton to help the Buckeyes win 3-2. Walts’ game winner came in the 86th minute on a free kick.

David Gust, men’s ice hockey
Gust poured in three goals on the way to his first-career hat trick Friday night in a 7-4 win over UConn; Gust scored one goal in each period.

No. 2 Football (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten)

  • For the second week in a row, Ohio State won by a score of 62-3 to defeat Maryland Saturday afternoon; it was the first time since 1996 that the Buckeyes scored at least 60 points in back-to-back contests.
  • Curtis Samuel paced the offense with three scores (two rushing, one receiving); his 36-yard touchdown reception late in the first quarter was his 16th play of 20 yards or longer this year.
  • The defense stymied the Terrapins offense, only allowing 43 yards on the ground; it was the sixth time this season they have held an opposing offense to under 100 yards rushing. The Buckeyes also registered a season-high 12 tackles for loss in the contest.

Women’s Soccer (11-6-3)

  • Nikki Walts’ free kick goal in the 86th minute lifted the No. 24 Ohio State Buckeyes over Dayton, 3-2, Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Walts had two goals on the evening, her first strike came in the 56th minute on a pass from Lindsay Agnew. Sammy Edwards got the Buckeyes on the board first with a goal in the 14th minute.
  • Ohio State will travel to play at West Virginia Friday evening.

No. 24 Women’s Volleyball (17-11, 7-9 Big Ten)

Ohio State picked up two wins this weekend on the court. TheBuckeyes won in straight sets Friday night over Rutgers, and pickedup a thrilling five-set victory on Saturday against No. 10 PennState. On Friday night, Abby Fesl (20 assists) and Taylor Hughes (14 assists) combined for 34 dimes in the routethat saw Ohio State outscored Rutgers 75-40. Hughes posted a tripledouble in the win over the Nittany Lions with 34 assists, 12 digsand 10 kills. The Buckeyes have now knocked off four top-25 teamsin 2016.

Men’s Hockey (6-1-4)

  • The Buckeyes won Friday’s night contest against UConn, 7-4, and then battled to a 3-3 draw in the finale of the series on Saturday.
  • Trailing 4-2 in the second period on Friday night, the Buckeyes rattled off five straight goals to secure a convincing 7-4 win; David Gust notched his first career hat trick in the win.

Men’s Basketball (1-0)

  • Kam Williams scored 23 points to lead Ohio State past Navy 78-68 in the nightcap of the Veterans Classic on Friday.
  • Keita Bates-Diop had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Trevor Thompson added 11 points for the Buckeyes, who shot 27 of 47 (57.4 percent) from the field.

No. 7 Women’s Basketball (1-0)

  • Stephanie Mavunga scored 15 points and grabbed 14 boards to lead the Buckeyes to a 89-69 win over Duquesne of Friday.
  • Kelsey Mitchell (18), Sierra Calhoun (13) and Shayla Cooper (12) all scored in double figures.
  • The Buckeyes outrebounded Duquesne 55-33, including 23 offensive boards.

Women’s Hockey (6-7-1)

  • Ohio State had three freshmen score goals on its way to a shutout victory Friday night against St. Cloud State.
  • Crystal Sorem, Samantha Bouley and Jincy Dunne were the trio to put the puck in the net. Sorem’s goal was the first of her career.

Women’s Golf

  • The Scarlet and Gray picked up a third-place finish at the Trinity Forest Invitational last Monday with an 18-over par 306 in the rain-shortened tournament.
  • The Buckeyes rolled in a dozen birdies, which was the most in the 14-team field.
  • Katja Pogacar got off to a hot start, using three birdies in her first six holes to finish in a tie for third with a two-over par 74. The senior was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week for her performance in which she knocked off six GolfStat top-100 golfers.

Men’s Cross Country

  • Junior Evan Stifel capped off his stellar season Friday afternoon with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. Stifel ran the fastest 10k of his career (30:29.8) to earn all-region honors.


Men’s/Women’s Swimming

  • The Buckeye men won both dual meets this weekend over Cleveland State (184-11) and Miami (211-84). The women swept both of their meets as well with tallies of 184-103 (Cleveland State) and 182-115 (Miami). Both teams moved to a perfect 4-for-4 in dual meets this season.
  • A handful of Ohio State swimmers attended the inaugural USA College Challenge this weekend; on the women’s side, Lindsey Clary, Liz Li, and Taylor Vargo represented the Buckeyes while Josh Fleagle, Ching Lim, Matt McHugh, and Thomas Trace represented the men. Head coach Bill Wadley was also named to the men’s team’s coaching staff.
  • Li set a new Big Ten record in the 100 fly with a time of 51.42 and she recorded the fastest 50 freestyle (21.72) in the country this year. Fleagle (1:35.77/200 freestyle) and McHugh (46.78/butterfly) are now the owners of top three times in the NCAA after their performance.


Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Monday, November 14

  • Women’s Basketball, vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Basketball, vs. North Carolina Central, 9 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Tennis, Champaign Challenger, All Day – Champaign, Ill.

Wednesday, November 16

  • Women’s Basketball, vs. Cleveland State, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, November 17

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

Friday, November 18

  • Women’s Ice Hockey, at Minnesota State, 3 p.m. – Mankato, Minn.
  • Pistol, Buckeye Open, 3:30 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, at Rensselaer, 7 p.m. – Troy, N.Y.
  • Women’s Volleyball, at Northwestern, 8 p.m. – Evanston, Ill.
  • Women’s/Men’s Swimming, Ohio State Invitational, All Day – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Soccer, at West Virginia, TBA – Morgantown, W.V.

Saturday, November 19

  • Women’s Basketball, vs. LIU Brooklyn, 12 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Football, at Michigan State, 12 p.m. – East Lansing, Mich.
  • Wrestling, at Arizona State, 3 p.m. – Tempe, Ariz.
  • Women’s Ice Hockey, at Minnesota State, 3 p.m. – Mankato, Minn.
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, at Rensselaer, 7 p.m. – Troy, N.Y.
  • Women’s Volleyball, at Illinois, 8 p.m. – Champaign, Ill.
  • Women’s/Men’s Swimming, Ohio State Invitational, All Day – Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, November 20

  • Women’s/Men’s Swimming, Ohio State Invitational, All Day – Columbus, Ohio
  • Rifle, Buckeye Open, TBA – Columbus, Ohio