Feb. 23, 2018
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Ohio State closes out the regular season this Sunday at Penn State and will be vying for an outright Big Ten title and the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament. Tip-off is set for Noon and the game can be seen on ESPN2.
NOTING OHIO STATE
- The Buckeyes are Big Ten Champs and can claim the title outright with a victory in the regular season finale Sunday at Penn State.
- With Maryland’s loss at Michigan on Thursday evening, Ohio State has a one game lead on the Terrapins and a win vs. Penn State will secure the No. 1 seed for the Buckeyes in next week’s Big Ten Tournament.
- This is the second-straight year the Buckeyes have won the Big Ten title and its their 16th title overall which is the most of any school in the conference.
- This is the first back-to-back titles for OSU since a six-year run of crowns from 2005-10.
- In addition to Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper joining the team for the last two championship runs, it has been no coincidence that the Buckeye fortunes changed with the arrival of OSU radio voice Matt Andrews who has eloquently described title runs in his first two seasons with the team.
- Penn State is one of just two Big Ten teams that Ohio State has a losing record against all-time.
- The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series 36-27 but the Buckeyes have won each of the last six meetings.
- This current group of Buckeye seniors are a perfect 5-0 vs. Penn State and have won those five games by an average of more than 17 points per contest.
- Ohio State has held its last seven Big Ten opponents to under 70 points which is the longest such stretch under head coach Kevin McGuff.
- OSU is coming off one of its best all-around game in the win over Northwestern. The Buckeyes shot a season-high 60.3 percent offensively and held NW to an OSU opponent low 54 points.
- The Buckeye class of Asia Doss, Alexa Hart, Kelsey Mitchell and Makayla Waterman recorded its 100th win last Sunday vs. Purdue.
- Stephanie Mavunga has averaged over 18 points per game over the last seven games and leads the team with 14 double-doubles on the year.
- Kelsey Mitchell is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, either male or female, with 3,264 career points and is currently fourth in NCAA history. She is just 19 points behind Britteny Griner for third all-time.
Series History vs. Penn State
- Sunday’s matchup will be the 64th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Penn State.
- Penn State is one of two Big Ten teams that Ohio State has a losing record against as the Lady Lions lead the all-time series 36-27.
- After losing five-straight from 2012-14, the Buckeyes have won six-straight in the series, including a 94-64 romp in the team’s first meeting this season in Columbus.
- The Buckeyes’ best streak came from 2005 to 2011 when OSU won 13 of the 14 meetings.
- Ohio State trails 18-8 in all-time series in State College.
McGuff vs. Penn State
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 7-3 all-time against Penn State.
- He is 6-2 against the Nittany Lions as head coach at Ohio State. He also split a home-and-home series with Penn State while coaching at Xavier.
- The McGuff led Musketeers dropped a 73-66 decision in overtime at Penn State in 2006 and then topped PSU 72-68 in Cincinnati in 2007.
- McGuff and the Buckeyes are currently riding a six-game win streak against Penn State.
Last time in State College
- It wasn’t the prettiest game the Buckeyes had played all year but they made enough plays in the fourth quarter to pull out a 77-63 victory at Penn State on Feb. 14, 2016.
- Ameryst Alston made a career-high eight three-point field goals and finished the game with a team-high 26 points.
- Alston also grabbed six rebounds and had four assists
- Alexa Hart recorded her seventh double-double of the season by pulling-down a season-high 15 rebounds and scoring 12 points.
- Asia Doss recorded a then career-high five steals in the game to go along with four assists.
- The Buckeyes won the battle on the boards 41-30.
- Ohio State tied a season-high with 20 turnovers and shot just 41 percent which was the lowest percentage since Nov. 27, 2015.
- Teniya Page and Kaliyah Mitchell scored 11 and 10 points respectively for Penn State. But the Lady Lions’ balanced offensive approach, coupled with an aggressive second-half start, wasn’t enough to overcome the Buckeyes who led for 27:45 including the final 14:55.
First Meeting vs. Penn State
- Five different Buckeyes scored double-digit points as No. 18 Ohio State had its highest scoring game of 2018, crushing Penn State 94-64 on Jan. 31 at Value City Arena.
- Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with 27 points while also tallying six rebounds and five assists.
- Stephanie Mavunga notched her team-high 11th double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
- Linnae Harper finished with her ninth double-double of the year, scoring 13 points and snagging 10 rebounds.
- A pair of Buckeyes finished with 12 points in Sierra Calhoun and Alexa Hart.
- The Buckeyes never trailed in the game, opening the first quarter on a 6-to-2 run. Penn State cut the lead down to one, but from there OSU used a 15-0 run to take control of the game.
- Ohio State opened the second quarter on a 12-3 run to establish total control over the game. Penn State tried to claw back into the game, cutting the lead to 13, but the Buckeyes responded with a 13-to-5 run to finish the half, punctuated by a Mavunga layup, giving OSU a 49-28 lead as the teams went to the locker room.
- The second half saw more of the same for the Buckeyes, as they never took their foot off the gas, eventually cruising to the 94-64 win.
- Jaida Travascio-Green led Penn State with 14 points. Teniya Page was right behind her with 13 points and seven rebounds.