Ohio State surges by Southern University women

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A 13-0 first-half run put Ohio State women’s basketball team in control and the Buckeyes went on to a 73-50 win over Southern on Friday night at Value City Arena.

Ohio State (8-3) improved its school-record home win streak to 29 games.

Southern (1-10) stayed competitive early on, trailing 25-18 midway through the first half before Ohio State took control by scoring the next 13 points to go up 38-18 with 2:15 left in the half.

The Buckeyes took a 40-24 lead at halftime.

Ohio State led by as much as 27 in the second half
after two Martina Ellerbe free throws with 8:13 remaining.

Kendra Coleman led Southern, which shot 32.3 percent from the field, with 11 points. Lechell Rush, Laneshia Stephens, Yasmin Fuller and Adrian Sanders each had eight points for the Jaguars. Stephens had seven rebounds to lead SU. Rush and Sanders added six rebounds each.

Tayler Hill and Amber Stokes led the Buckeyes with 13 and 11 points, respectively, while Ashley Adams and Raven Ferguson both added nine and Aleksandra Dobranic eight.

Adams also had four blocks, three assists and six rebounds.

Ohio State coach Jim Foster came away impressed with Southern, which got its first win of the season on Monday against Southeastern Louisiana.

“She (Southern coach Sandy Pugh) does a good job with that team,” Foster said. “They are very athletic, and we had an opportunity to work on some things defensively tonight. Their two scorers were in the game and made it a game. We did a good job of getting away from them and staying away when they could have had a shot at the game.”

It was the last game before Southwestern Athletic Conference play for the Jaguars, who host Texas Southern on Jan. 2.