Undermanned Buckeyes Lose Triple-Overtime Heartbreaker to Purdue
By Tony Gerdeman
Playing without star guard Tayler Hill due to an illness, Ohio State (10-7) fell at #11 Purdue (14-2) in triple overtime by a score of 82-75 Monday night.
The Buckeyes were also without starting guard Amber Stokes, who is still out with a knee injury, as well as backup guard Maleeka Kynard, who was also ill.
Freshman point guard Ameryst Alston played all 55 minutes for the Buckeyes, scoring a game- and career-high 24 points. She also grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists.
The scoring started slowly, but Purdue eventually built a 14-5 lead with 12 minutes to play. Ohio State fought their way back, with Alston going on a 5-0 run of her own, capped by a three-pointer to cut Purdue's lead to 19-18 with 6:26 to play in the half.
The Boilermakers then responded with a 9-0 run to build up a 10-point lead, which was eventually whittled down to six on a layup by Emilee Harmon to close out the half.
Purdue opened the second half and quickly built their lead back up to 10 points, stretching it to 45-31 with 12:42 to play when Sam Ostarello banked in a layup for the Boilers.
Ohio State answered right back with a 9-0 run of their own as a three-pointer from Shelbi Honeycutt made it 45-40 four minutes later. Purdue went back up by eight points, but a Raven Ferguson three-pointer cut it back down to five points at 50-45 with 6:04 to play.
Trailing 51-47, Ohio State got a pair of layups from Alston and Ferguson to finally the tie the game with 3:45 to play. Ferguson scored 16 points for the Buckeyes on the night.
Freshman guard Cait Craft, getting her first career start, hit a three-pointer to make it 54-51, giving the Buckeyes their first lead since the opening basket of the game. K.K. Houser tied it up 22 seconds later with a three-pointer of her own, however.
The two teams traded a free throw, making it 55-55 with two minutes to play. Ohio State had the ball for the last shot, but turned it over leaving Purdue with one last attempt, but Houser's baseline layup attempt was blocked by Martina Ellerbe to end regulation and send the game into overtime.
Like the final two minutes of regulation, the two teams also went scoreless in the final two minutes of overtime. The Buckeyes missed a pair of layup attempts in the closing seconds, sending the game to a second overtime with the score tied at 60-60.
A layup in double overtime by Darryce Moore, who scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, gave the Buckeyes a 68-62 lead with 1:58 remaining. Purdue then closed on a 6-0 run, getting a layup by Courtney Moses to tie the game with five seconds to play, and sending the game to a third overtime.
The third overtime proved too much for the decimated Buckeyes, however. Dee Dee Williams hit a three-pointer to make it 77-72 for the Boilers with 2:15 to play, and it was clear from that point that Ohio State wouldn't be able to muster anything else.
The loss is the fourth in a row for the Buckeyes and moves them to 0-4 in conference play.
Up next for Ohio State is a home contest against the Hoosiers Thursday night at 7:00 pm.
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