The Buckeyes recorded 26 assists on 30 field goals. Marscilla Packer and Ashlee Trebilcock tied for the team lead with six helpers a piece. Four members of the Scarlet and Gray had four or more assists. The six by Trebilcock was her career-high and one shy of Packer’s career best.
With the win the Buckeyes have now opened 14 of the last 39 seasons with four game winning streaks. This is also the 91st win for the Ohio State in its last 103 games.
The Buckeyes are now 79-6 all-time at home in the Jim Foster era and 52-2 (44-2 at VCA) in the last three-plus seasons.
The Buckeyes opened the game on an 18-6 run over the first 4:10 of the game. Ohio State, after missing on its first field goal attempt, connected on six straight, including three 3-point field goals. The Buckeyes closed the first half on a 19-7 run to lead 39-17 at the half.
Jantel Lavender has connected on her last 11 of her last 12 free throw attempts and is shooting 16-19 from the line this season.
Ohio State forced the Jaguars into 18 first-half turnovers while committing only eight. The Buckeyes turned those Southern turnovers into 21 points. The Scarlet and Gray’s turnovers only resulted in three first-half points for the Jaguars.
Ohio State recorded 21 steals, two shy of the school record and the most since 2002.
Ohio State’s starting back court of Little, Trebilcock and Packer only committed two turnovers while dishing out 14 assists.
Tamarah Riley grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds off the bench.
Ohio State dominated inside, scoring 28 points in the painted area and holding the Jaguars to just eight. The Buckeyes also controlled the boards, outrebounding Southern 41-30.
The Buckeyes shot 50.8 percent (30-59) for the game. Ohio State led the nation in field goal percentage last season (50.7 percent) and has been ranked in the Top 5 nationally in field goal percentage in each of Foster’s five seasons at Ohio State as head coach.
The Buckeyes didn’t allow a single Southern player to score in double-figures.
Ohio State was once again sharp behind the arch going 7-15 (46.7 percent) from 3-point land.
The Jaguars were held to only 24-percent shooting (6-25) in the first half and ended the game on shooting 15-54 (27.8 percent).