The Ohio State (6-3) women’s basketball team is coming off of a three-game winning streak as they head into Sunday evening’s matchup against the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (8-0) airing on the Pac-12 Network. The Buckeyes have faced two ranked teams so far this season, losing a close battle to then-No. 4 UConn 73-62 and pulling off the major upset last week defeating then-No. 2 Louisville.
Can the Buckeyes pull off another upset and take down the top team in the nation? It’s going to take some discipline, something the young Ohio State team is still mastering so far this season. However, the outlook is promising. Freshman guard Kierstan Bell is coming off her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, having averaged 14.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in Ohio State’s wins over Louisville and Radford last week.
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The top-ranked Stanford team is also coming off of two wins against ranked opponents, knocking off No. 18 Syracuse and No. 10 Mississippi State. However, due to a two-week break for final exams, the last action for the Cardinal was back on November 30th.
Heading into their hiatus, the Cardinal had three players averaging double-digits in points, with sophomore guard Lexie Hull leading the team at 14.8 points per game and shooting over 30 percent from beyond the arc.
Ohio State can answer Stanford’s excellent guard play in junior transfer Braxtin Miller, who has 13 steals this season. Sophomore forward Dorka Juhasz is also coming off of a season-high 21 points against Radford and provides a presence in the post, as well as an outside game that could test the Stanford squad.
If the Buckeyes can pull off another upset, they will have solidified themselves as a dangerous, young team on the national scene and while rounding into shape as they prepare for the start of Big Ten play.