Jan. 4, 2016

Athletes of the Week

  • Kelsey Mitchell, women’s basketball
    • espnW’s National Player of the Week for the second time this season, Mitchell scored 28 points in the Buckeyes’ win over No. 6 Maryland and 25 points in the victory over No. 24 Michigan State.
  • Christian Frey, men’s ice hockey
    • Named tournament MVP at the Florida College Hockey Classic. Stopped 57 shots over the Buckeyes’ two games while also recording a shutout in the championship game against Cornell, the first of his career.

No. 7 Football (12-1)

  • To close out its season, No. 7 Ohio State throttled No. 8 Notre Dame 44-28 in the Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. On the field, Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 149 yards and four touchdowns while Michael Thomas hauled in seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Darron Lee also contributed a couple sacks and tied for the team lead with seven tackles.
  • The win moved Ohio State to 5-2 all-time in Fiesta Bowls and 4-2 all-time in its series with Notre Dame.
  • This Ohio State senior class finishes with a 50-4 record over the past 4 seasons — all under Urban Meyer. The 50 wins represents a record among power 5 schools (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12) and ties the FBS record for most wins over a 4-year span with Boise State 2011 senior class.

No. 9 Women’s Basketball (10-3, 2-0 B1G)

  • Ohio State played two ranked opponents last week and defeated both: an 85-80 win over No. 24 Michigan State was followed by an 80-71 win over No. 6 Maryland. OSU handed the Terrapins their first conference loss since joining the Big Ten last season.
  • Mitchell led the way for the Buckeyes, scoring 53 combined points over the weekend en route to her National Player of the Week honor. She was also named the Big Ten’s player of the week for the second time this season.
  • Other top contributors included Ameryst Alston, who poured in 23 points against Michigan State, and Shayla Cooper, who recorded a double-double in each game.

Men’s Basketball (10-5, 2-0 B1G)

  • The Buckeyes kicked off Big Ten play last week with games against Minnesota and Illinois, winning both. They defeated the Golden Gophers 78-63 before beating Illinois 75-73 on Sunday evening.
  • The biggest contributor of the week was Marc Loving, who led all scorers in both games with 20 points against Minnesota and a career-high 27 against the Fighting Illini. The victories extended the team’s season-long winning streak to six games.

No. 6 Wrestling (5-1, 2-0 B1G)

  • Senior Mark Martin edged Illinois’ Andre Lee 2-1 in the final winner-take-all match of the night at 197 lbs. to secure No. 6 Ohio State’s 22-17 win over No. 11 and previously unbeaten Illinois last week.
  • Bo Jordan, Micah Jordan, Nathan Tomasello, and Thomas Haines also won their respective matches in the Buckeyes’ victory.
  • It was announced that Kyle Synder, who became the youngest freestyle World Champion in U.S. wrestling history back in September and continues to train for the 2016 Olympics, will be competing for Ohio State this semester. He originally intended to take a redshirt and Olympic waiver this season.

Men’s Ice Hockey (5-11-0, 0-2-0 B1G)

  • Playing in the Florida College Classic, Ohio State took down a pair of top-10 teams on its way to a tournament title. The Buckeyes beat No. 4 Boston College 3-2 in the semifinals before thumping No. 9 Cornell 8-0 in the championship game. It was the team’s first eight-goal game in almost six years.
  • Frey, the tournament’s MVP, stopped all 27 shots that came his way in the game against Cornell on his way to his first career shutout. Miguel Fidler and Mason Jobst each dished out three assists in the big win as well, which were career-high totals.

Women’s Ice Hockey (7-13-0, 3-11-0 WCHA)

  • The Buckeyes split their series with Penn State over the weekend, winning Saturday’s contest 2-1. Jessica Dunne, playing in her first game of the season, scored her first goal of the year while Lauren Boyle notched her first career goal.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
1.4.16 – 1.20.16

Tuesday, Jan. 5

  • Men’s Volleyball at Princeton, 7 p.m. – Princeton, N.J.

Wednesday, Jan. 6

  • Men’s Basketball at Northwestern, 9 p.m. – Evanston, Ill.

Thursday, Jan. 7

  • Men’s Volleyball vs. UCLA, 5 p.m. – University Park, Pa.
  • Women’s Basketball vs. Indiana, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio

Friday, Jan. 8

  • Fencing – January NAC, All Day – St. Louis, Mo.
  • Men’s Track – Buckeye Classic, 4 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Track – Buckeye Classic, 4 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball vs. USC, 5 p.m. – University Park, Pa.
  • Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m. – Madison, Wisc.

Saturday, Jan. 9

  • Fencing – January NAC, All Day – St. Louis, Mo.
  • Men’s Gymnastics – Alumni Exhibition, 2 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Ice Hockey at Minnesota, 3:07 p.m. – Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Wrestling vs. Michigan, 5 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. – Madison, Wisc.
  • Women’s Gymnastics vs. Washington, 9 p.m. – Seattle, Wash.

Sunday, Jan. 10

  • Fencing – January NAC, All Day – St. Louis, Mo.
  • Men’s Basketball at Indiana, 1:30 p.m. – Bloomington, Ind.
  • Women’s Basketball vs. Rutgers, 2 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Ice Hockey at Minnesota, 3:07 p.m. – Minneapolis, Minn.