Buckeyes Fall Flat In Big Apple

Connecticut showed exactly why it has not lost in nearly 1,000 days as the women's basketball Huskies won their 88th consecutive game, this one an 81-50 shellacking of Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.

Connecticut rolled to a surprisingly easy 81-50 defeat of the Ohio State women's basketball team Sunday afternoon in New York City.

The largest crowd ever for a women's basketball game at Madison Square Garden turned out to watch the top-ranked Huskies (10-0) erase an early 6-0 deficit with a 13-0 run, making clear they meant business in their pursuit of a historic 88th consecutive win to match the streak of the UCLA men's team in the early 1970s.

Ohio State's Brittany Johnson started scoring with a pair of three-pointers before Bria Hartley got Connecticut on the board with a pair of free throws at the 18:16 mark.

The next nine points in the game came from Huskie guard Tiffany Hayes, who had a pair of fast-break layups, a drive through the Buckeye defense and a three-pointer from the top of the key.

Connecticut star Maya Moore finished the run with a pull-up jumper, putting her team ahead 13-6 after 5:15 had ticked off the clock.

Jantel Lavender broke an Ohio State scoreless streak of more than five minutes with a layup at the 13:20 mark, but neither she or the Buckeyes could establish any kind of consistent attack on the offensive end.

The All-American senior center finished with 14 points on 7 for 21 shooting. She was harassed by the consistent efforts of freshmen Stephanie Dolson and Samarie Walker, and her bad day was a big part of the Buckeyes' overall struggles.

No. 11 Ohio State had more turnovers (21) than field goals (18) and collectively shot 26.5 percent from the field.

The closest the Buckeyes (8-2) got after the opening minutes was 19-15 after a Lavender layup with 10:33 on the first-half clock.

Connecticut answered with the next eight points to go ahead by 12, part of an overall sequence that saw the defending national champions outscore Ohio State 19-6 from 10:09 to 1:41.

The Buckeyes trailed 40-26 at the half and never shaved more than two points off that deficit in the second half.

The lead peaked at 34 in the second half for the Huskies, who entered the game with an average scoring margin of more than 38 points.

Turning in an even more forgettable performance than Lavender was OSU point guard Samantha Prahalis. A Commack, New York, native who grew up roughly two hours from the Garden, she missed 15 of 17 shot attempts, including a 1 for 9 mark from three-point range. Prahalis had seven points, four assists and six turnovers.

Tayler Hill was the only Buckeye aside from Lavender to score in double figures. The sophomore guard from Minneapolis had 14 points on 5 for 9 shooting.

Hayes led Connecticut with 26 points while Moore had 22 and Hartley had 13. Dolson score only four points but had 15 rebounds and blocked three shots.

The Huskies dominated virtually every facet of the game. They won the battle of the boards 49-35, shot 50 percent (32 for 64), and outscored the Buckeyes in the paint (48-22) and on the break (21-7).

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