IU women vs. Ohio State

FINAL: Ohio State 70, Indiana 51. The loss is the Hoosiers’ first since March 7, 2013. It also snaps IU’s program-best 14-game winning streak. Larryn Brooks led Indiana with 11 points. Ameryst Alston ties her career high with 29 points for Ohio State.

Under-4: Ohio State 66, Indiana 48. Hoosiers quickly lost whatever momentum they built. IU hasn’t hit a FG since the 8:23 mark. Indiana shooting only 17 percent from the field in the second half.

Under-8: Ohio State 56, Indiana 48. Momentum has shifted to Indiana’s side. Karlee McBride gets fouled on a baseline drive and hits both of her free throws before Tabitha Gerardot comes up with a steal under the basket on the other end. Brooks pushes it up the court and sinks a 3-pointer at the top of the key to cut the Hoosiers’ deficit to eight points.

Under-12: Ohio State 50, Indiana 37. Larryn Brooks with 4 points through first 8:01 of the half. Hoosiers need to get her going to get back.

Ohio State calls timeout with a 46-35 lead, 13:37 2H. Hoosiers cut deficit to 9 moments ago on a nice post move by Simone Deloach. Hoosiers have started the second half shooting 2-of-15.

Under-16: Ohio State 42, Indiana 31. Lots of put-backs and misses. Teams are shooting combined 10% (2-of-19) from field to start 2nd half.

HALFTIME: OHIO STATE 39, INDIANA 29. First time this season that Hoosiers have trailed at the break. Taylor Agler and Sasha Chaplin lead Indiana with 6 points. Hoosiers shooting 40%, Buckeyes firing at 62%. Ohio State is dominating the paint. Buckeyes have scored 22 points to IU’s 8. Ameryst Alston leads Ohio State with 12 points, Raven Ferguson has 10.

Under-4: Ohio State 31, Indiana 18. About as bad as I’ve seen IU play all season. Bad shots, tentative, forced passes turning into turnovers. Indiana is shooting only 38 percent. They have eight turnovers and only one basket in last five minutes. Ohio State is hammering IU in the paint with 18 points under the basket.

Under-8: Ohio State 25, Indiana 16. Ohio State opened a 20-10 lead at the 9:15 mark and Miller called timeout. It’s good OSU defense coupled with some bad turnovers for IU. Taylor Agler, who hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, has 6 for Indiana.

Under-12: Ohio State 12, Indiana 10. Hoosiers have found Sasha Chaplin underneath for a few easy looks. She, along with Larryn Brooks, has 4 points.

Under-16: Ohio State 6, Indiana 4. Not much falling for IU on offensive end. Not many great looks, either. Hoosiers shooting only 2-of-6. Most teams try to zone Ohio State and Indiana has already shown a 2-3 look. Curt Miller, however, has said that zoning a team isn’t a good fit for Indiana for 40 minutes, so expect a bunch of different looks this afternoon.

PREGAME: No. 22 Indiana will play its first game as a ranked team in over two decades when it hosts Ohio State today at 4:30 p.m. Ohio State is 11-7 and 1-1 in the conference. The Buckeyes have played what some consider the toughest schedule in the nation. They have have an RPI ranking of No. 22 (Indiana’s is No. 16) with wins over Marist, Purdue and a buzzer-beating loss to Gonzaga. This will be Ohio State’s first road game since Dec. 15.

Buckeyes sophomore guard Ameryst Alston leads the team in scoring (16.3 ppg), assists (2.4 apg), and steals (1.3 spg). Center Darryce Moore teams with forward Ashley Adams to form a tough, experienced OSU frontcourt. Moore is a potential double-double threat, averaging 9.9 ppg and a team-best 6.8 rpg, while shooting 49 percent from the floor. Sophomore Cait Craft, the sister of men’s guard Aaron Craft, is a 3-point threat. She’s shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc, while averaging 9.8 ppg.

Ohio State starters: F Martina Ellerbe, C Darryce Moore, G Amy Scullion, G Ameryst Alston, G Cait Craft.
Indiana starters: F Tabitha Gerardot, C Sasha Chaplin, G Alexis Gassion, G Taylor Agler, G Larryn Brooks.

As always, you can follow along for in-game updates on Twitter, where you can find me at @BowieMike. I’ll update the blog with each media timeout.