IUWBB: Indiana vs. Ohio State

FINAL: Ohio State 103, Indiana 49

With 84-45 remaining, one positive is to be found this half. Jess Walter has hit four 3s. Her last makes it 84-45.

With 15:19 remaining, a little life for IU. The score is 58-27 after a 3-pointer for Jess Walter and a bucket on an offensive rebound by Amanda Cahill (off of a Walter miss).

HALFTIME: Ohio State 49, Indiana 17

An ugly, ugly half for the Hoosiers. Not much to say besides that. IU took 18 of its 32 shots from 3-point range, made only two of those (six shots overall). Alexis Gassion leads the Hoosiers with five points. Four for Karless McBride.

Ohio State, on the other hand, making offense look easy. Shooting 65. 6 percent from the field (21-of-32) and 6-of-10 from 3-point range. The highest scoring backcourt in the country, Ameryst Alston and Kelsey Mitchell, are living up to their billing. Alston has 14, Mitchell with 15.

Timeout with 8:27 remaining, and Kelsey Mitchell is as advertised for OSU. She is 5-of-5 from the field, with 13 points.

With 11:57 remaining, OSU continues to assert its dominance. Alexis Gassion just hit a 3-pointer to go into the timeout, but otherwise, Ohio State is 10-of-15 from the field, 6-of-8 from 3. IU is 3-of-16 overall, 2-of-10 from distance.

With 14:52 remaining in the first half, OSU has jumped out to a 14-2 lead. The Buckeyes have been able to hit 4-of-6 3-pointers, while the Hoosiers are 0-for-6.

Ohio State comes to Assembly Hall having won six of its last seven games, sporting the top scoring backcourt in the country. We are about to witness some fast-paced, high-scoring basketball game. How do the Hoosiers respond after a tough loss to Purdue last time out?

Some interesting points heading into the game:

Ohio State has won the last six games in this series, and 17 out of the last 19.

Amanda Cahill, who was a runner up to Buckeyes’ leading scorer Kelsey Mitchell for Ms. Basketball in Ohio last year, has five double-double games thus far this season. That’s already the most by an IU player since 2008-09, when Whitney Thomas had 10.

OSU may start four guards at times, but they do not lack a presence in the paint. The Buckeyes average 6.4 blocks per game, as opposed to 3.1 for Indiana.

Check back for updates.

4 comments

  1. Looks like the women’s team was not ready to play tonight, just like the Purdue game. Must be the coach’s fault (applying the same skewed reasoning that the geniuses who bash Crean use after each loss).

  2. I U South, the Buckeyes at this time only dress 7 players due to injury. I have seen them play their last 3 games in person or on TV and they have dressed 7 in all of those games. All 5 starters played over 30 minutes and the 2 reserves played 27 minutes and 10 minutes, it’s not like they had a choice? Ohio St. is a very good and very athletic team that may vie for the conference championship if they can avoid any more injuries. Alston and Mitchell are as good as any two players on one team as there is in the country. They are definitely special. Mitchell is the second leading scorer in the nation averaging about 25 points a game (and she is a freshman) and Alston is averaging 20 points a game, pretty tough to deal with!

  3. IU WBB looked like a second-tier club team last night. Wow! There is way too much talent on the IU squad to take a beating like that. Not sure what’s going on but I suspect Coach Moren will be making the cagers sweat it out at practice.

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