COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team could not overcome Ohio State’s offensive onslaught as it fell to the Big 10 power 82-60 at Value City Arena on Tuesday evening.
The Skyhawks (6-4) struggled to find their stroke from the field, shooting just 27 percent from the floor while the Buckeyes shot an impressive 52.8 percent, including 66.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Skyhawks lost the battle of the boards 45-38 but forced 12 turnovers while committing just seven of their own.
Offensively, it was Heather Butler who led the way for the Skyhawks, tallying 13 points and moving into a tie for fourth place on the Ohio Valley Conference all-time scoring list with 2,324 career points. Ohio native Katie Schubert scored 12 points, including four three-pointers. Sophomore Chelsea Roberts tossed in eight points while grabbing a team-high 7 rebounds.
“I thought that we did a great job of making it a game in the second half,” said UT Martin coach Kevin McMillan. “Even though we ran out of some steam late, we had some good effort from our supporting players. We had three or four players that played really well for us, and for us to continue being successful, we’ll need that play to continue and become more consistent.”
Ohio State (8-6) placed five players in double figures, led by Amy Scullion’s 19 points. Scullion shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor including going 5-for-5 from beyond the arc to go along with a game-high nine rebounds. Martina Ellerbe and Ameryst Alston each tallied 12 points while Cait Craft and Raven Ferguson capped off the night with 12 points each.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before Elizabeth Masengil scored the first field goal for the Skyhawks, a three-pointer from the right wing. Ohio State held a slim 4-3 advantage at the opening 15:38 media break.
Ohio State used a 14-8 run over the next five minutes to pad their lead, holding an 18-11 advantage at the 10:55 media timeout. The Buckeyes were led by a pair of threes before ending the span on a small 4-0 run.
The Buckeyes picked up right where they left off, turning their 4-0 streak into an 11-0 run over the next three minutes of play. Five field goals, including one three-pointer gave the home squad a 25-11 advantage at the 8:19 mark.
Ohio State kept adding to their margin over the next six minutes, outscoring UT Martin 8-3. Alston scored two jumpers for the Buckeyes while Butler tallied three points off a free throw and jumper. The Skyhawks trailed 33-14 with just under two minutes to play.
The Skyhawks would respond right before half, using a 7-0 run to cut the Ohio State margin to just 12 at the halftime break. Included in the run was a personal 5-0 run by Roberts and a layup by Masengil right before time expired.
Ohio State took a 33-21 advantage into the halftime break as Scullion led all scorers with 11 first half points for the Buckeyes. The Skyhawks were led with Butler’s six points while Masengil and Roberts each chipped in five points of their own. As a team, the Skyhawks shot just 21.2 percent compared to the 46.2 clipping which the Buckeyes maintained.
UT Martin came out aggressive in the second half, outscoring Ohio State 14-10 over the second half’s opening five minutes of play. A barrage of three-point field goals for the Skyhawks brought them back within striking distance as Schubert tallied three three-pointers in the opening minutes of the second half. It was another three by Roberts which forced the Buckeyes to call their second timeout of the game. The Skyhawks trailed 43-35 at the 15:06 mark.
Ohio State quickly responded over the next three minutes, going on a 12-3 run. Ellerbe scored five points during the span for the Buckeyes before Butler snapped the 12-0 run with a three-pointer of her own.
The Buckeyes continued to push their margin, outscoring the Skyhawks 15-6 over the next five minutes of play. OSU took a 70-44 lead into the 6:42 media timeout.
The Skyhawks would look to gain some ground over the next three minutes as Shai Warfield-Cross would tally a three-point field goal. The Buckeyes would respond by scoring four points of their own, holding a 74-47 lead with 3:45 to play in the game.
The Skyhawks would end the game on a 13-8 run highlighted by a three-pointer by senior Megan White and four points from Trisha Lacy, both Ohio natives. The run would not be enough for the Skyhawks however, falling by a final score of 82-60.
UT Martin will be back in action with another Big 10 conference opponent this weekend when they travel to Illinois on Saturday, Dec. 21. Tip-off from the State Farm Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.