Scores

Final

(9) Ohio State 77

(14-0, 1-0 Big Ten)

Wisconsin 61

(4-9, 0-1 Big Ten)

8:00 PM ET, December 30, 2011

Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin

1 2 T
#9OSU 38 3977
WIS 37 2461

Top Performers

Ohio State: T. Hill 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

Wisconsin: A. Thomas 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Tayler Hill scores 21 points, leads Ohio State in Big Ten opener

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Ohio State coach Jim Foster said his Buckeyes needed to shake off some rust in the first half against Wisconsin Friday night.

Once they did, the Buckeyes (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) rolled.

Tayler Hill scored 21 points, while Samantha Prahalis added 12 points and 11 assists as the Buckeyes downed the Badgers 77-61 Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

After playing four games in six days just before Christmas, it was the first time Ohio State (14-0) had played in more than a week, and Foster said the players needed to re-acclimate themselves to the fire and energy needed come game time.

"It probably took us a half to figure that out," he said.

The Badgers (4-9) have struggled offensively over their last four games, averaging less than 49 points and shooting 36 percent from the floor.

But Wisconsin shot 44 percent from the floor in the first half, including 6 of 13 from 3-point range, and trailed 38-37 at the break.

The Buckeyes then reeled off a 20-2 run to open the second half, pushing their lead to 58-39 and taking control. The Badgers were just 1 of 11 from the field in that spurt and committed four turnovers.

Wisconsin was able to pull within 60-50, but couldn't get any closer. After shooting so well from behind the arc in the first half, the Badgers were just 2 of 7 in the second.

Taylor Wurtz and Ashley Thomas scored 10 points apiece to lead the Badgers.

"We were much more aggressive, post players much more aggressive getting out and setting guards higher," Foster said. "They were not getting the same looks."

The Buckeyes struggled at times offensively when they settled for quick outside shots, and Prahalis shot just 4 of 15 from the field. But they had the most success when they consistently pushed the ball inside, finishing with 38 points in the paint to 16 for Wisconsin.

Ashley Adams finished with 14 points for Ohio State, while guard Amber Stokes added 10.

Wisconsin coach Bobbie Kelsey said it wasn't that Ohio State was posting up as much as the Buckeyes were able to penetrate the lane, effectively work back door cuts and drive around Badger defenders.

"You can't give them everything they want," she said. "If you sit back, they're going to shoot it. If you don't, they're going to go around you."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
OSU
WIS
Points 77 61
FG Made-Attempted 31-64 (.484) 24-62 (.387)
3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 8-20 (.400)
FT Made-Attempted 10-15 (.667) 5-8 (.625)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
Largest Lead 19 1

Game Leaders

 
OSU
WIS
PointsT. Hill 21A. Thomas 10
ReboundsK. Beach 8T. Wurtz 8
AssistsS. Prahalis 11M. Paige 4
StealsT. Hill 3T. Stephen 1
BlocksA. Adams 3J. Gulczynski 1

2011-12 Season

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