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PREVIEW: No. 9/8 Ohio State hosts Washington


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#9/8 Ohio State vs. Washington


November 17, 2017


11 a.m. ET


Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

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Ohio State | Washington | Big Ten

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The Buckeyes are concluding their opening five game homestand on Sunday when they host Pac 12 foes Washington at 11 a.m.


  • OSU is 3-1 on the year which includes a win over a top-10 team in Stanford in the season-opener.
  • 5-8 guard Linnae Harper is averaging 19.3 points and 11.5 rebounds over the first three games. She had a career average of 4.9 rpg coming into the season.
  • Stephanie Mavunga is also averaging a double-double at 12.5 points and 14.3 rebounds per game.
  • Harper and Mavunga are the only pair of teammates in the country to each have three double-doubles.
  • Asia Doss had made 76 three-pointers in 104 career games coming into the season and has made eight so far this season.
  • Kelsey Mitchell has made 20 three-pointers in the first four games and is just 10 three-pointers away from tying the NCAA career record of 398.
  • OSU is averaging 11.8 three-point field goal makes over the first four games. The Buckeyes tied a single-game school-record with 17 three-pointers vs. Louisville.
  • This was just the second time in school history the Buckeyes opened a season against back-to-back top-10 teams. They also played No. 2 South Carolina and No. 1 UConn in the opening two games in 2015.
  • The Buckeyes were picked to win the Big Ten this season by both the media and the conference’s head coaches.
  • Mavunga and Mitchell were both named to the preseason All-Big Ten Team while Mitchell was named the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.
  • The Buckeyes began the season ranked No. 5 in the AP poll, which marked just the third time OSU started the season ranked in the top-5.



  • Washington has opened the year with a 1-1 record after falling in the opener 79-59 to Idaho State and then beating a solid BYU team 80-72 on Wednesday evening.
  • The Huskies shot under 30 percent against Idaho State while ISU didn’t miss, shooting over 60 percent.
  • In the second game, UW shot 40 percent from both the floor and from beyond the arc, making 12 threes, to outlast BYU.
  • Amber Melgoza leads the team at 15.0 ppg and has made a team-high six three-pointers.
  • Alexis Griggsby is second in scoring at 10 points per game.
  • Jody Wynn is in her first season at the helm after having served the previous eight seasons as the head coach at Long Beach State.
  • Washington made a run to the Final Four in 2016 and then fell in the Sweet 16 to eventual runner-up Mississippi State last year.


Series History vs. Washington

  • This will be the second meeting between Ohio State and Washington.
  • The teams played a home-and-home series in 2006 and 2007 with the Buckeyes winning both meetings.
  • OSU won 84-79 in Columbus in 2006 and 71-54 in Seattle in 2007.


McGuff facing his old team

  • Kevin McGuff was the head coach at Washington from 2011-13.
  • In his two seasons, he was 41-26 and took the Huskies to a pair of WNIT appearances.
  • He won 21 games in his first season which marked the program’s first 20-win season in more than a decade.
  • McGuff also landed Washington’s first two McDonald’s All-Americans in Katie Collier and Kelsey Plum, who went on to set the NCAA career scoring record.