March 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior guard Tayler Hill today was named First Team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive season by the conference coaches and media voters. Hill also was named to the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team for the third consecutive year, joining teammate Amber Stokes on the list for the second straight year. Freshman guard Ameryst Alston was named to the All-Freshman team by the coaches.
Hill’s honor marks the ninth consecutive season in which at least one Buckeye has been named First Team All-Big Ten and is the 11th first team honoree under head coach Jim Foster. Hill and Stokes’ all-defensive team honors make it eight years in a row where at least one Buckeye has made the team and the ninth and 10th overall under Foster. Alston is the seventh Buckeye to be named to the all-freshman team under Foster.
Hill led the Big Ten in scoring in conference play with 22.3 points per game, finished sixth in steals (64) and free throw percentage (.831) and led all players in minutes played, averaging 40.1 minutes per game in conference play (Hill played 40+ minutes in 14 of 15 Big Ten games). She scored in double-figures every game this season and has now done so in 62 consecutive games – the longest active streak in the Big Ten and the fourth longest in Division I. She recorded 18 20-point games, including a career-high 34 points and five steals in the overtime loss at Iowa. Two weeks ago, Hill was a school-record 14-of-14 from the free throw line vs. Minnesota. The Minneapolis native has 1,967 career points, good for fifth on OSU’s all-time list. On the OSU all-time lists, Hill ranks second in free throws made (566) and attempted (727), seventh in 3FGs made (187) and eighth in steals (238). She is only the second player at Ohio State to record at least 1,950 points, 300 assists and 200 steals in a career.
Stokes, a Gahanna, Ohio, native, recorded 40 steals on the season and made life miserable on opposing backcourts all season long. She missed 4 1/2 games with a sprained left knee in January and made her return to the court Jan. 27 vs. Penn State. Stokes had 13 multiple steal games and forced countless turnovers with her relentless pressure. Her play on the defensive end helped Ohio State win six of its final eight regular season games, holding all eight opponents to 60 points or less. Offensively she averaged 8.7 points and 2.3 assists, scoring in double-figures in 12 of 21 games.
Alston ranked second among Big Ten freshman in scoring (8.6), assists (2.7) and rebounding (3.9) and was third in field goal percentage (.520) in Big Ten play. She was second on the team with 78 assists in all games. She finished the season strong, scoring 35 points during Ohio State’s three-game win streak to end the regular season. Alston played in all 29 games for the Buckeyes, starting at point guard the final 23. She had her best game in a triple-overtime loss at nationally-ranked Purdue, scoring a season-high 24 points with six assists, and five steals while playing a school-record 55 minutes. She was named Big Ten freshman of the week for her efforts Jan. 15.
Redshirt sophomore Amy Scullion was Ohio State’s recipient of the Big Ten’s Sportsmanship Award.