Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Tayler Hill delivered 20 points and Ashley Adams contributed 14 markers as No. 15 Ohio State limited Evansville to just 10 points in the second half en route to a 78-33 triumph Saturday at Value City Arena.
Hill, who hit six of 10 attempts, has scored in double-figures in 41 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten as the Buckeyes clinched their 27th straight home win.
“I wanted Tayler Hill away from the ball more. I felt we were messing up our opportunities to score and we wanted to establish the low block with Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore. I like the defensive mentality of our group,” said coach Jim Foster.
For the second time this season, the Buckeyes shot more than 60 percent from the field in a game, hitting 63.3 percent of their attempts en route to their fifth victory in seven outings.
Also, the 31 points allowed by the Buckeyes were the fewest they’ve surrendered since Colgate scored 26 points Nov. 24, 2007.
All 13 players fielded by Foster scored, with Amber Stokes and Ameryst Alston contributing eight points apiece for the Buckeyes, who bounced back from a disappointing 57-54 loss to North Carolina.
“We refocused the last couple of days in practice. Coming off the loss, there were some things we could have done differently. We focused on those in the game today,” Hill said.
Samantha Heck scored nine points for Evansville (2-5), who shot just 23.1 percent from the field.
After taking a 40-23 lead at the break, the Buckeyes opened the second half with a 23-0 run behind Hill, Adams and Moore to grab a 63-25 lead at the 8:13 mark.