Women’s College Basketball

Ohio State 59, Northwestern 52

EVANSTON, Ill. – Tayler Hill scored a game-high 26 points and had six steals and Darryce Moore grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked three shots and had three assists off the bench as Ohio State won its third consecutive game with a 59-52 win at Northwestern.

The win moves Ohio State to 14-10 overall and 4-7 in league play while Northwestern dips to 11-13 and 3-8 in Big Ten play.

Hill was 10 of 11 from the free throw line. Ohio State’s defense forced 20 Northwestern turnovers, held 19-8 advantage in points off turnovers and held NU’s leading scorer, Kendall Hackney (14.6 ppg) to just three points on 1 of 7 shooting.

Ashley Adams had another solid game for the Buckeyes, scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Amber Stokes added six points and seven rebounds.

SMU 67, Marshall 50

DALLAS, Texas – Marshall women’s basketball took a 67-50 loss to the No. 1 team in Conference USA, SMU, on Sunday afternoon in Dallas, Texas.

The Thundering Herd dropped to 7-15 (1-8 C-USA) with the loss, while SMU improved to 18-4 (9-0 C-USA) and extended its win streak to ten.

Marshall was led by three players who had double-digit scoring, including Chukwuka Ezeigbo (12 points), Suporia Dickens (12 points) and Erica Woods (10 points).

Dickens also led the with 11 rebounds. The rebound total, plus her 12 points gave the junior forward her first career double-double. Eight of the 11 rebounds were off the offensive board.

SMU was led by Kansas transfer Keena Mays, who had a game-high 17 points after going 4-for-8 from behind the three-point arc. She also had five rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Akil Simpson added 15 points and recorded a double-double, after earning 11 rebounds.

Women’s College Basketball

Nebraska 62, Ohio State 53

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jordan Hooper hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points as Nebraska defeated Ohio State, 62-53, Thursday at Value City Arena.

Tayler Hill scored a team-high 22 points for the Buckeyes, who hit just 1 of 13 from behind the arc. Nebraska, meanwhile, hit nine 3-pointers that proved to be the difference in the game. Ashley Adams recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes.

Trailing 23-21 with 4:23 left in the first half, Ohio State went cold the rest of the half as Nebraska went on an 11-3 run to close out the first 20 minutes with seven of those points coming from Hooper.

Ohio State outscored the Huskers in the second half, 29-28, but were unable to get the key stops defensively each time the Buckeyes cut the lead to six or seven. Aleksandra Dobranic hit her first career 3-pointer with 6:23 left to cut the lead to seven. But after a timeout, Nebraska scored six consecutive points over the next 3 minutes to push the lead to 13.

Dobranic finished with seven points and six rebounds while Ameryst Alston and Amber Stokes both finished with six points.

East Carolina 54, Marshall 47

GREENVILLE, N.C. Marshall women’s basketball fell to East Carolina, 54-47, on Thursday evening in Greenville, N.C.

The Thundering Herd is still searching for its first Conference USA win, dropping to 6-13 (0-6 C-USA) for the season. The Pirates improved to 14-5 (4-2 C-USA) with the victory.

Senior Erica Woods led Marshall with 14 points, going 5-of-7 from the field and added 2-of-3 from behind the three-point arch.

Chukwuka Ezeigbo followed with 11 points and had a team-high nine rebounds. Suporia Dickens added eight points and six rebounds, and also led the defense with two steals and a block.

“We are playing really hard, playing as hard as we can,” said head coach Matt Daniel. “We got beat by seven on the road by a team that is in the top quarter of the league.

“We’re not there yet and continue to have to work. We didn’t shoot well from the field, didn’t get to the free throw line enough, but we still almost won on the road. We have got to somehow figure out how to change the ending.”

East Carolina had three players score double-digit figures including Celeste Stewart (13 points), and twins Britny (12 points) and Whitny (11 points) Edwards. Britny Edwards also contributed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Toledo 61, Ohio 42

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Ohio University Women’s Basketball Team wasn’t able to get past Toledo squad on Thursday night, falling to the Rockets by a final score of 61-42.

Ohio ended the game on a 13-4 run and shot an improved 40 percent (10-25) in the second half of the contest. The ‘Cats ended the game shooting 14-49 (28.6 percent) from the field including a 2-9 (22.2 percent) mark from three-point distance. Toledo (18-2, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) connected on 26 of its 65 field-goal attempts to shoot 40 percent on the evening. Ohio was able to limit the Rockets to 35.3 percent (12-34) shooting in the second half.

Yolanda Richardson led the way offensively, scoring a game-high 15 points. She was the only Rocket to reach double figures in the contest. Ohio had two student-athletes score at least 10 points, with Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) leading the way with 11. She was joined in double figures by Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.), who chipped in 10 on 4-6 shooting from the field.

Toledo leapt out to an early 17-6 advantage at the 11:18 mark. The Rockets began the game shooting 8-14 (57.1 percent) while limiting Ohio to hitting two of its first eight shots. Richardson got off to a strong start for the hosts, shooting 3-3 from the field to score 6 points.