Ohio State women’s basketball might have a young team, but that squad proved this weekend why it is one to be reckoned with. In a two-game homestand this past weekend, the Buckeyes opened Friday with a 67-60 win over No. 2 Louisville as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The win was especially gratifying for the Buckeyes, who fell to No. 4 UConn 73-62 in November.
In Friday night’s game, sophomore forward Dorka Juhasz led Ohio State with 15 points. Three other players, including freshman guard Kiersten Bell, sophomore guard Janai Crooms and freshman forward Rebekah Mikulasikova, also scored in double digits. As a team, the Buckeyes shot just under 50% from the floor while holding the Cardinals to 37% shooting.
The team followed up Sunday with a 70-57 victory over Radford. In that matchup, Juhasz led the Buckeyes with 21 points on the afternoon -- a season-high for the sophomore. Bell added 15 points, while freshman guard Jacy Sheldon scored 10 of her own.
With the weekend’s wins in the books, the Buckeyes improve to 6-3 on the season. They’ll be looking to maintain this momentum against additional stiff competition.Ohio State won’t have to wait long for another tough test -- the squad is back in action against top-ranked Stanford Sunday.
Following a series sweep against Michigan State, Ohio State men’s ice hockey looked to build on that momentum with another conference series against Minnesota. While the results were not quite as successful, Ohio State did emerge with a win and a tie in two hardfought, overtime contests.
In the first matchup Friday night in Value City Arena, the seventh-ranked Buckeyes posted a 3-2 victory in overtime. After taking a first-period lead on a score from junior defenseman Grant Gabriele, the Buckeyes fell behind 2-1 by the third period. Senior forward Carson Meyer evened things back out for Ohio State, finding the back of the net near the 13-minute mark. The teams remained deadlocked through regulation, but sophomore forward Quinn Preston’s goal with seconds remaining in the overtime period lifted the Buckeyes to a victory.
There was much less scoring in Saturday’s matchup. After falling behind in the first period, sophomore forward Gustaf Westlund found the back of the net to even the score for the Buckeyes. The Gophers and Buckeyes would remain locked at one-all for the rest of the game and overtime period.
After the weekend, the Buckeyes move to 10-4-2 on the season, including 6-3-1 in conference play. Ohio State has a break through Christmas, but will continue its homestand against Colgate Dec. 27-28.
Ohio State may have finished as runner-up in the 2019 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this weekend, but two senior captains took home top honors in their respective divisions. Kollin Moore (197-pound) and Luke Pletcher (141-pounds) were crowned champs as the pair remained undefeated in dual meets on the season with a combined 28-0 record.
The Buckeyes totaled 109.5 points on the weekend, just behind tournament victor Nebraska, which had 118 points. Contributing points to the cause were redshirt freshman Sammy Sasso (149-pounds), redshirt sophomore Ethan Smith (165-pounds), redshirt sophomore Dylan Koontz (133-pounds) and sophomore Malik Heinselman (125-pounds), who all placed in their weight classes.
With the tournament in the books, the seventh-ranked Buckeyes are off until the new year, when they are scheduled to take on No. 4 Arizona State in Columbus.
In other news...
- Following her performance against Cornell, junior forward Liz Schepers brought home Women’s Collegiate Hockey Association Forward of the Week honors. In that series, Schepers had three assists and one goal for a team-high four points on the weekend. After a week off, the Buckeyes are scheduled to be back in action this weekend when they head to Las Vegas to take on Princeton
- After 12 seasons at the helm at Ohio State, women’s volleyball head coach Geoff Carlston is parting ways with the program. During his tenure with the Buckeyes, Carlston amassed a 235-170 record, leading his squads to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including five Sweet 16 appearances. This season, the Buckeyes went 15-17 on the season.
- With the end of the women’s volleyball season, two Ohio State athletes earned all-conference recognition. Leading the way is freshman Kylie Murr, who took home second-team All-Big Ten recognition for her performance as a defensive specialist. Murr was also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, along with teammate Jenaisya Moore. Senior outside hitter Ana Beatriz Franklin also took home the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
- Junior tennis player Luna Dormet, a native of France, competed in the Master’U BNP Paribas in France last week, notching four wins for her home country. Dormet won her two singles matches and went 2-1 in doubles. Ultimately, France finished in fifth place in the tournament, while the U.S. took home gold.
- Ohio State fencing is adding a former fencing star to lead its foil team. Elvis Gregory Gil, an Olympic medalist, is joining the staff. Gil, who earned medals as part of Cuba’s fencing team at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics, is also a world champion, having taken home the gold at the World Fencing Championships in 1991 and 1995.
- With the fall season in the books, Ohio State men’s tennis finished the fall campaign with four athletes ranked in the ITA Division I men’s singles rankings, including freshman Cannon Kingsley, junior John McNally, redshirt senior Kyle Seelig and sophomore James Trotter.
- Three Ohio State swimmers represented at the Toyota U.S. Open in Atlanta this weekend, including senior Kathrin Demler, junior Kristen Romano and senior Alex Dillman. Demler earned fifth-place finishes in the 200 IM and 200 fly, and an seventh-place finish in the 400 IM. Dillman also placed in the 200 fly with a third-place finish in the C final.