The 15th-ranked Ohio State women’s basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season by more than tripling up winless Colgate 88-26 Saturday at St. John Arena.
Twelve different Buckeyes made field goals as they rolled to victory in game two of the annual Buckeye Classic.
Ohio State scored 26 of the game’s first 31 points and set a school record by holding the Red Raiders to 18.6 percent shooting (8 of 43) from the field.
Marscilla Packer led all scorers with 22 points while Star Allen (13 points) and Jantel Lavender (10) also reached double figures for Ohio State.
Packer made 5 of 8 three-pointers and 8 of 12 shots overall while handing out three assists and making three steals without a turnover in 24 minutes.
The Buckeyes forced 28 turnovers while committing seven.
OSU point guard Shavelle Little had seven of Ohio State’s 21 assists and did not commit a turnover but came up with four steals. She also scored five points.
“I think everything started with the point guards,” OSU coach Jim Foster said. “They played with great tempo and didn’t turn the ball over. Defensively, they were always around the ball and making plays. On our end they took care of the ball and played with a good flow.”
Maria Moeller, Little’s backup, added seven points, three assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 17 minutes.
Packer, a senior captain, said the Buckeyes want to be known for their defense.
“We have to keep our intensity up on the defensive end and let it flow over into our offensive game,” Packer said.
Caitlin Gillard led Colgate (0-4) with seven points.
The Buckeyes took a 42-13 into the locker room at halftime.
The 26 points Ohio State allowed also marked the fewest points allowed by the Buckeyes since the 1972-73 season, and Ohio State’s 62-point margin of victory was the program’s largest since Dec. 16, 2000 when OSU defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff by 62.
Ohio State will face No. 24 Auburn back at St. John Arena at 1 p.m. Sunday in the final of the Buckeye Classic.
The Tigers (5-0) defeated Winston-Salem 70-37 in a game preceding Ohio State’s win.