Tayler Hill scores 19, leads Ohio State to easy win over Lafayette

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Tayler Hill fired 19 points and Amber Stokes added 15 to help Ohio State score an easy 81-41 victory over Lafayette for its 28th straight home victory Sunday at Value City Arena.

Hill shot 7-for-13 from the field, including four triples, while Ashley Adams chipped in 10 points and six boards as the Buckeyes improved to 6-2.

Raven Ferguson added eight points while Maleeka Kynard and Aleksandra Dobranic each scored six for the Buckeyes, who held the Leopards to just 26.9 percent field goal shooting and forced 25 turnovers.

The Buckeyes, for their part, shot 56.4 percent for the game and assisted on 24 of 31 field goals, behind five dimes each by Ameryst Alston and Martina Ellerbe, who added seven points and six rebounds off the bench.

“We were sound defensively and we moved the ball very well offensively. There was a bit of time in the first half where we could have been a little more patient and if we had waited a beat or two, something better would have risen. We picked up on that,” Ohio State head coach Jim Foster said.

Ohio State’s bench contributed 29 points compared to just 15 by the Leopards. The Buckeyes asserted their might in the shaded lane, outscoring Lafayette, 40-10.

Danielle Fiacco scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Leopards, who slipped to 3-7.

The Buckeyes put the game out of reach early, closing the first half with a 16-3 run for a 38-16 lead at the break.

Ohio State shot 50 percent while Lafayatte made just 23.1 percent of its attempts in the first 20 minutes.

The Buckeyes improved their marksmanship in the second half, shooting 63 percent overall and 66.7 percent from three-point range.

Ohio State will next face Washington State and Gonzaga Dec. 15 and 17, respectively.

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