Dec. 3, 2013

Athlete of the Week

  • Ohio State women’s hockey senior goalie Lisa Steffes gave Ohio State its first shutout performance of the season Sunday afternoon in a 2-0 win over UNH, stopping all 21 shots faced and completing a series sweep of the Wildcats. The Amherstburg, Ontario, native stopped 23 of 25 shots faced Saturday afternoon, guiding the Buckeyes to a 3-2 win over UNH. Overall, Steffes stopped 44 of 46 shots throughout the series for a .957 save percentage, not allowing the Wildcats to score a power play goal in six opportunities.

No. 5 Men’s Basketball (6-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta

  • Ohio State defeated North Florida, 99-64, Friday night at Value City Arena.
  • Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. have recorded 100 victories in 119 career games. The duo is the fastest to 100 wins in Ohio State history – William Buford (2008-11) held the previous record, reaching 100 victories in 124 career games.
  • Craft and Smith Jr. are second only to the current Kansas senior class nationally in quickest to 100 wins. The KU class won its 100th game in 116 games.
  • Five players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Amir Williams (18 points), LaQuinton Ross (17), Amadeo Della Valle (17), Craft (16) and Smith Jr. (10).
  • The Buckeyes totaled season highs in: field goal percentage (69.2 percent/36-52), 3-point field goals made (14), points (99) and assists (20).
  • Craft had five assists against North Florida. He ranks second on the all-time list at Ohio State with 562. He needs 18 assists to pass Jamar Butler (579) for first.
  • Williams led all scorers with a career-high 18 points.
  • Della Valle scored a career-high 17 points and connected on a career-best five 3-point field goals.
  • Ross scored a season-high 17 points and connected on a career-best four 3-point field goals.
  • Smith Jr. passed 400 career rebounds (405).
  • The Buckeyes return to action Wednesday, Dec. 4 against Maryland at Value City Arena at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 7 against Central Connecticut at Value City Arena at 4:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball (6-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Kevin McGuff

  • Martina Ellerbe led five Buckeyes in double-figures with a career-high 21 points and Ohio State scored 56 second-half points on its way to a 93-63 victory over Lehigh (5-2) Wednesday night at Value City Arena.
  • Ellerbe was 10 of 12 from the field and added six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Ameryst Alston scored 16 and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds while Cait Craft and Ashley Adams both finished with 14. Maleeka Kynard rounded out the top scorers for the Buckeyes with a career-high 12 points.
  • Ohio State, who shot at least 50 percent for the third game this season, also used its height advantage to outscore the Mountain Hawks 50-12 inside.
  • Darryce Moore finished with nine points with Raven Ferguson (5) and Lisa Blair (3) rounding out the scoring for the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeyes fell to UConn, 70-49, Sunday evening at the Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield, Mass.
  • Ferguson scored all 14 of her points in the second half to lead the Buckeyes. Alston chipped in with 11 while Moore and Ellerbe added nine and eight, respectively.
  • The Buckeyes return to action Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 7 p.m., and against Gonzaga Sunday, Dec. 8 at Value City Arena at 12 p.m.

No. 2 Football (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Urban Meyer

  • Ohio State defeated Michigan, 42-41, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday afternoon.
  • With the victory, Ohio State extended its school record win streak to 24 games. The win streak is the longest in the country.
  • The 83 points scored are the second most in the history of the rivalry. The most was 86 in an 86-0 Michigan win in 1902.
  • Devin Smith’s 53-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter marked the 18th touchdown catch of his career. Smith is averaging 39.6 yards per touchdown reception.
  • Carlos Hyde tallied his seventh-consecutive 100-yard rushing game and 13th of his career. Hyde became the first Ohio State running back to record over 200 yards on the ground against Michigan since Beanie Wells ran for 222 in 2007. The 226 yards is the most ever for an Ohio State running back against Michigan.
  • Braxton Miller tied his career high with three rushing touchdowns. He previously scored three times on the ground against UCF Sept. 8, 2012. With 153 yards on the ground, Miller tallied his third-consecutive and 13th career 100-yard rushing game.
  • Ryan Shazier registered his third-consecutive double-digit tackle game with 14.
  • Ohio State returns to action Saturday, Dec. 7 against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

Men’s Ice Hockey (8-6-0, 0-2-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Steve Rohlik

  • In its inaugural Big Ten Conference game, the Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 3-ranked Michigan, 4-3, in overtime Friday in Yost Ice Arena.
  • The Buckeyes fought back from a one-goal deficit three times, but the Wolverines’ Andrew Copp netted the gamewinner with 1:22 left in the overtime period to give Michigan the win.
  • In the game, Buckeye freshman goalie Logan Davis had a career-high 34 saves, including a save on a second-period penalty shot.
  • Ohio State was 2-for-2 on the power play with goals from juniors Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick, with sophomore Anthony Greco scoring late in the third to tie the game. Junior Tanner Fritz and senior Alex Szczechura each had two assists vs. the Wolverines.
  • The Buckeyes blocked 30 shots as a team, led by Justin DaSilva with six and Al McLean and Curtis Gedig with five each.
  • Ohio State fell to No. 3-ranked Michigan, 5-4, Monday in Value City Arena in the first Big Ten Conference game in Columbus. Ohio State rallied from a three-goal third-period deficit to tie the game at 4-all, but the Wolverines scored with 1:35 remaining for the win and series sweep.
  • Dzingel and Fritz each had three-point nights with a goal and two assists, while Szczechura had two assists. Freshman David Gust and McCormick also scored for the Buckeyes.
  • Dzingel extended his goal and point streaks to seven, with eight goals, three assists and 11 goals in the stretch. He has four multiple-point games this year. He leads Ohio State and is second in the Big Ten with 18 points, leading the conference with nine goals.
  • Fritz has two assists in each of his last three games and multiple points in five of six games since returning from injury, with two goals, 11 assists and 13 points in the six games combined.
  • Szczechura had his fourth multiple-assist game of the season and has multiple points in four of his last six games.
  • Ohio State will return to action Dec. 28-29 when it hosts Mercyhurst in Value City Arena.

Women’s Ice Hockey (5-9-2, 2-8-2 WCHA)
Head coach: Nate Handrahan

  • The Ohio State women’s hockey team fell to No. 10 Robert Morris in non-conference action Tuesday night by a score of 2-1 at the OSU Ice Rink.
  • Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes made 24 saves in what was her sixth start of the season.
  • Following a scoreless opening period, freshman forward Claudia Kepler was set up nicely in front of the net with a pass from sophomore Julia McKinnon and capitalized on it by putting a shot past Jessica Dodds at the 5:06 mark of the second period for her third score of the season. Junior defenseman Sara Schmitt also had an assist on the play for the Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State came out with a 3-2 win in the opening game of its non-conference series with New Hampshire Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N. H.
  • McKinnon got the scoring started in the first period as she deflected a shot by junior Kari Schmitt past New Hampshire goaltender Ashley Wilkes to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead at the 17:09 mark. Schmitt and senior Ally Tarr picked up assists on what was the second goal of the season for McKinnon. The goal came on a five-on-three power play opportunity for OSU.
  • The Buckeyes went up by two scores just over 12 minutes into the second period as sophomore Melani Moylan carried the puck into the offensive zone and fired a shot from just over the blue line that found its way into the back of the net. The unassisted goal was the first for Moylan this season.
  • At the 5:36 mark of the final period, sophomore Kendall Curtis scored what would prove to be the game-winner for Ohio State. McKinnon and sophomore Cara Zubko set up Curtis for the score and were credited with the assists.
  • Ohio State earned its first series sweep of the season with a 2-0 victory over New Hampshire Sunday afternoon at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N. H.
  • Steffes gave Ohio State its first shut out performance of the season stopping all 21 shots faced.
  • The Buckeyes jumped out early to a two-goal lead in the first period on scores from junior Danielle Gagne and Kepler and that would be all they needed to secure the win.
  • Ohio State plays host to No. 1 Minnesota this coming Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at the OSU Ice Rink. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. Saturday and 12:07 p.m. Sunday.

No. 9 Wrestling (4-0)
Head coach: Tom Ryan

  • Ohio State did not compete this past weekend; the Buckeyes return to action Dec. 6-7 at the CKLV Wrestling Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.

Women’s Volleyball (18-14, 6-14 Big Ten)
Head coach: Geoff Carlston

  • The Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell to No. 2 Penn State, 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-8), Wednesday night in St. John Arena.
  • Senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with five kills, while freshman Taylor Sandbothe and sophomore Katie Mitchell had four apiece. Sophomore Andrea Kacsits and Sandbothe each had two blocks and senior Julianne Mandolfo finished with 10 digs. Senior Davionna DiSalvatore chipped in nine digs in the match.
  • Ohio State captured a 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 29-27) win at Iowa Saturday night to close out the 2013 regular season.
  • Leary led the Buckeyes (18-14, 6-14) with 25 kills and 10 digs for her 15th double-double of the season. Junior Taylor Sherwin notched her eighth double-double this year with 54 assists and 12 digs. Sandbothe had 15 kills, while Mandolfo added a team-high 14 digs. Kacsits led the team with five blocks and had seven kills for 10 points.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
12.3.13 – 12.17.13

Wednesday, Dec. 4

  • Women’s Basketball vs. Maryland, 7 p.m.
    College Park, Md.
  • Men’s Basketball vs. Maryland, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

Friday, Dec. 6

  • Wrestling vs. CKLV Wrestling Invitational, All Day
    Las Vegas, Nev.

Saturday, Dec. 7

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Central Connecticut, 4:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena
  • Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 7:07 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, OSU Ice Rink
  • Football vs. Michigan State, 8:17 p.m.
    Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Wrestling vs. CKLV Wrestling Invitational, All Day
    Las Vegas, Nev.

Sunday, Dec. 8

  • Women’s Basketball vs. Gonzaga, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena
  • Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 12:07 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, OSU Ice Rink

Wednesday, Dec. 11

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Bryant University, 7:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

Friday, Dec. 13

  • Women’s Basketball vs. Army, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena
  • Fencing vs. Division I, II NAC, All Day
    Dallas, Texas

Saturday, Dec. 14

  • Men’s Basketball vs. North Dakota State, 8:15 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena
  • Fencing vs. Division I, II NAC, All Day
    Dallas, Texas

Sunday, Dec. 15

  • Wrestling vs. Penn State, 12 p.m.
    State College, Pa.
  • Women’s Basketball vs. Cincinnati, 2 p.m.
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Fencing vs. Division I, II NAC, All Day
    Dallas, Texas

Monday, Dec. 16

  • Fencing vs. Division I, II NAC, All Day
    Dallas, Texas
  • Men’s Gymnastics vs. Scarlet & Gray Intrasquad, 2 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Steelwood Athletic Training Facility

Tuesday, Dec. 17

  • Women’s Basketball vs. UT Martin, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena