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Final

Northwestern 77

(15-15, 5-11 Big Ten)

Ohio State 86

(16-17, 5-11 Big Ten)

    12:00 PM ET, March 6, 2014

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

    1 2 T
    NW 39 3877
    OSU 35 5186

    Top Performers

    Northwestern: M. Lyon 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Ohio State: A. Alston 30 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Alston keys Ohio State 86-77 win over Northwestern

    Associated Press

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Ameryst Alston scored 30 points and Darryce Moore and Martina Ellerbe had double-doubles as eighth-seeded Ohio State pulled away in the closing minutes on Thursday to defeat ninth-seeded Northwestern 86-77 in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament.

    Alston, who finished one point shy of matching her career-high, broke a 73-73 tie with a layup with 1:53 to play. Ellerbe followed with a steal that was turned into her 3-pointer at the 1:24 mark and, after a Northwestern miss, Alston made two free throws for an 80-72 lead with 51 seconds remaining.

    Ellerbe finished with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-17), who face top-seeded and 11th-ranked Penn State (22-6) on Friday. Moore added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

    Maggie Lyon led Northwestern (15-15) with 25 points, Nia Coffey had 19 with 11 rebounds, Lauren Douglas had 15 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NW
    OSU
    Points 77 86
    FG Made-Attempted 28-71 (.394) 28-69 (.406)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-25 (.240) 11-25 (.440)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-18 (.833) 19-20 (.950)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 17 (0/0)

    Game Leaders

     
    NW
    OSU
    PointsM. Lyon 23A. Alston 30
    ReboundsN. Coffey 11M. Ellerbe 13
    AssistsK. Roser 6M. Ellerbe 3
    StealsK. Roser 2M. Ellerbe 2
    BlocksN. Coffey 3L. Blair 2

    2013-14 Season

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