OSU Romps In Exhibition Lid-Lifter
If this is an off-night for Ohio State, then the rest of the Big Ten should be very worried.
The Buckeyes started on fire and never looked back, winning their only exhibition game of the season 72-49 over the Australian Institute of Sport.
OSU shot 51.5 percent for the game and placed three players in double figures, led by Jessica Davenport's 21 points on a perfect 10-for-10 from the floor. The sophomore also yanked down a team-high eight rebounds.
Yet the performance didn't inspire coach Jim Foster to hand out kudos.
"I'm not real happy but we did play hard the whole game," he said. "There really wasn't enough sharing of the ball, and we too way too many quick threes. We need to show more patience offensively and continue to work hard."
Davenport had it easy all night, but she wasn't alone as Caity Matter hit for 16 points. Michelle Munoz, as healthy as she's been as a collegian, added 12 points and collected seven caroms.
OSU scored the first 12 points of the game as AIS had trouble with the Buckeyes size. The visitors looked tentative offensively and didn't have much athleticism. OSU netted 14 steals to just two for AIS and forced 23 turnovers.
The lead was 38-22 and grew as high as 30 points, at 64-34 with just over eight minutes left to play.
"It's always a benefit to play against other people," Foster said. "We got to rotate 12 players and see where they are. Most of all it serves as an evaluative tool, and it will give us film that we can watch and study."
That study time won't be too long as the season opens for real on Friday night when Bowling Green comes to town for an opening round WNIT game. The contest begins at 7 p.m. If the Buckeyes, who are ranked ninth in the country, should win, they would play a second-round game on Sunday afternoon in St. John Arena.