Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Guard Tayler Hill and center Darryce Moore scored 16 points apiece as No. 20 Ohio State used a sizzling first half to beat Winthrop, 78-53, in their first showdown Saturday at St. John Arena.
Hill also issued six assists while Moore grabbed nine boards as the Buckeyes (2-1) won their second straight game after dropping their opener to Notre Dame, 57-51.
Ashley Adams contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots while Amber Stokes and Raven Ferguson added eight and seven markers, respectively, for the Buckeyes.
Guard Dequesha McClanahan was limited to just 12 points and four assists after tallying 22 markers and seven dimes in the Eagles’ 87-82 victory over Troy.
Diana Choibekova also scored 12 off the bench for the Eagles while Aliyah Kilpatrick and Samiya Wright added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Buckeyes fared better from the field, shooting 45.8 percent compared to 36.7 percent by the Eagles.
Ohio State also asserted its might in the shaded lane with 42 rebounds while the Eagles had 27. The Buckeyes also played better team basketball with 17 assists while the Eagles only had 10.
Hill buried two three-pointers in an early 14-2 run that put the Buckeyes in front early in the first half.
Then, the Buckeyes doubled the Eagles’ output, 31-16, behind Hill’s three-pointer with six minutes to play before settling for a 43-20 lead at the break.
Hill scored 12 points in the first half as the Buckeyes shot 50 percent from the floor and 70 percent from behind the arc, making seven of their 10 three-pointers.
The Eagles, for their part, shot a dismal 30 percent in the first 20 minutes and were outrebounded, 23-13.
In the second half, the Eagles improved their shooting to 43.3 percent and outscored the Buckeyes, 35-33, but the first-half lead was simply too much to overcome.