From wire reports
The Ohio State women’s basketball team doubled up on Cincinnati in the first half Wednesday night in Value City Arena and crushed the Bearcats, 87-49.
Tayler Hill led a balanced attack for the 20th-ranked Buckeyes with 21 points and five assists. Raven Ferguson hit a career high with 16 points and Amber Stokes matched her career high with 16.
“According to the score I think tonight went really well,” Hill said. “We rushed on the ball a little too much in the beginning, but that is something we can fix at practice.”
Ohio State coach Jim Foster praised the Buckeyes’ effort.
“From day one I’ve liked this group,” Foster said. “They’re unselfish and can be a lot of things this season.”
The Buckeyes rushed to 9-0 lead in the first 4:40 of the game and led Cincinnati 42-21 at the break.
“Our defense against Notre Dame was good and tonight’s defense was very good,” Foster said. “I think we’re solid defensively at the guard position.”
The OSU offense moved the ball crisply and shredded the Bearcats’ defense in the first 20 minutes. The Buckeyes made 17 of 22 field-goal attempts with Stokes leading the way with 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting. The shooting cooled in the second half but the ball movement continued and Ohio State was never threatened.
“It felt better than the Notre Dame game from the beginning,” Stokes said. “The defense was good and everyone was getting their shots, so that makes for a fun game.
“I thought my game was good, but it could have been better. We held Cincinnati back and our defense was solid. Everyone was helping each other out and we had one another’s back and we kept a good rotation. I am proud of the way we played.”
Ferguson made all four of her field-goal attempts in the first half and matched Hill with 9 points. Dayeesha Hollins paced Cincinnati with 15 points in the first half.
“I think my patience has really improved and it helps me wait for shots and find the right opportunities,” Ferguson said.
“We are such a faster team this year. With Amber and Tayler on the court, you need to be moving and keep the ball moving at all times.”
Hill likes the way the Buckeyes are playing early.
“The team chemistry has been the best since I have been here,” she said. “We all want to see one another play well and are very supportive of one another. We are very close and I think that shows on the court because we trust each other very much.”
Cincinnati coach Jamelle Elliott said the Bearcats couldn’t overcome a talent deficiency.
“We try to fight,” she said. “We haven’t had the talent I’ve wanted to have yet, but we compete and we try to be prepared as best as we can. They were more talented than us. At the end of the day, the bottom line is they made more shots than us.”