I haven’t been able to pay enough attention to the Ohio State women’s basketball team lately. If you are superstitious, then maybe that’s a good thing and I should stop writing right now. But I think I’ll go on and say a few things anyway because the Buckeyes are 3-0 in conference after a fun to watch 94-87 win in Evanston, Tuesday over the Wildcats.
Was finally able to watch my tape of the game this morning. First thing I noticed was freshman Kiara Lewis banking a three from the left wing. That was a beautiful shot.
I noticed Lewis and Tori McCoy, both from Chicago played a number of minutes in this game near their hometown. Good for their family and friends to be able to see them take part in such a rousing victory.
Northwestern’s no slouch. Three Wildcats had 20 or more points and two others reached double figures. NU was also 2-0 in the Big Ten at tip-off.
This was an entertaining game to watch. Rarely was the action slow. These two teams went at each other. Ohio State also placed five players in double figure scoring and Kelsey Mitchell put on a show again with 33 points.
It’s Michell’s court, ball and hoop and the rest of the players are allowed to share it with her. Kelsey’s like an eel in how she moves. It’s inexplicable to try and describe her manner of getting things done.
But I’ll say the entire Buckeye team took on her sense of adventure and confidence inside Welsh-Ryan Arena. Games I’ve watched, or paid attention to highlights and comments from, earlier this season were against nationally regarded teams such as South Carolina and UConn. I saw some doubt present in those games.
There wasn’t any of that present in this game. Stephanie Mavunga, Sierra Calhoun and Linnae Harper have all added positive energy and talent. Where this team had questions was on defense. The effort and pressure the Buckeyes applied to a talented and athletic Wildcat squad impressed.
The main thing was this Buckeye team was having fun and showed passion for the game and those aspects translated into a very good win on the road.
Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff even got T’ed up when he disagreed with an official’s call. He was into it, too.
Next game for the Buckeyes will be a Saturday noon game versus Michigan.