Ohio State Preview Capsule
Last season: 28-7. Lost in the Sweet 16 round of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Kevin McGuff
Conference: Big Ten
Who’s gone: F Shayla Cooper, F Tori McCoy, G Kiara Lewis. McCoy and Lewis transferred out of the program.
Who’s back: G Kelsey Mitchell, one of the best players ever at Ohio State, averaged 22.6 points per game last season; F Stephanie Mavunga, a 6-foot-3 post player who had her season shortened by injury; G Sierra Calhoun (9.5 ppg); G Linnae Harper (8.4 ppg); G Asia Doss (5.7 ppg); F Alexa Hart (4 points, 4.8 rebounds); F Makala Waterman (3.3 points, 3 rebounds).
Who’s new: A pair of walk-ons — F Savitha Jayaraman; G Karlie Cronin, a transfer from SMU who played for the Ohio State lacrosse team last season.
The Skinny: Laden with seniors, the Buckeyes have most of last year’s contributors back. Most important are Mitchell and Mavunga, the leading rebounder who was lost for the season to an injured foot in February. After being eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 the past two seasons, there is a sense of urgency. The window on Ohio State’s best chance to win its first national championship could be closing.