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                                      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said his team accomplished what it set out to do Saturday in a blowout win over less-talented NIU Brooklyn: The Buckeyes improved. NFL Jerseys China .Sierra Calhoun scored 22 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 21 as No. 7 Ohio State routed the Northeast Conference team 113-54.Obviously, today was going to be more about us, and how we handled this game and this situation, McGuff said. Because were really trying to focus on ourselves and getting better, and we did that. If we were going make it about the score or something like that, then we were going to get distracted and caught up in some things that we shouldnt be doing.The more aggressive Buckeyes had 18 steals and with a size advantage inside, outrebounded the Blackbirds 56 to 30.Makayla Waterman added 15 points and nine rebounds for Ohio State, and Kiara Lewis had 12 points. Tori McCoy had nine points and 12 rebounds.I think we played good as a team, Calhoun said. I felt like the ball was moving a lot more than it normally does. I feel like were getting better as a team gradually as the games go on.Drew Winter led LIU Brooklyn with 12 points, and Brianna Farris Drew had 10. The Blackbirds are winless in their first three starts.Mitchell, an All-American and arguably the Big Tens best player, was her usual hot-shooting self, going 8 for 11 from the floor, hitting four 3-pointers and dishing five assists.With a front-court size advantage of a couple inches, Ohio State (3-1) dominated under the basket, logging 62 points in the paint compared with zero by the Blackbirds. Ohio State shot 50.4 percent from the floor, while LIU Brooklyn made just 31.5 percent of its shots.Ohio States 11-0 run to begin the game set the tone. The Buckeyes led 32-8 after the first period on the strength of Duke transfer Calhouns 5 for 5 shooting from beyond the arc. The Blackbirds played better in the second period but still trailed 59-20 at the half. Ohio State led by 53 after three quarters.My team did a great job of finding me after they saw I was hitting all those 3s, Calhoun said. Once that first shot goes in your confidence goes up, and I just kept shooting.LIU Brooklyn coach Stephanie Oliver said there were bright spots for her team.It prepared us for our conference, she said. Look, we can score 54 points on a good basketball team. Our out-of-bounds plays work, our offense works. If we can execute against them and get better against them, its really going to help us down the line.BIG PICTURELIU Brooklyn: After their third straight loss by double-digits to open the season, the Blackbirds have much room for improvement.Ohio State: The Buckeyes lighter preconference schedule continues, giving them a chance to work out the bugs before the tougher games begin. They did what they were supposed to do against a less-talented team.Playing teams like this helps us out executing plays, doing the little things, making nice passes, posting up well, McCoy said. It was a learning experience for all of us.INJURY REPORTOhio State forward Stephanie Mavunga got the day off because of what McGuff described as general soreness.POLL IMPLICATIONSOhio State likely will stay put at or around No. 7.UP NEXTLIU Brooklyn: Plays University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday night at the TD Bank Classic in Burlington, Vermont.Ohio State: Travels to Fort Myers to play Florida Gulf Coast.---Follow Mitch Stacy at Discount Football Jerseys .ca! Hi Kerry, Heres an interesting one. I know its common knowledge that all players are responsible for their sticks. We witnessed that when Zack Kassian hit Edmontons Sam Gagner in the face after a missed check. Wholesale Jerseys For Sale . - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. . In the response filed Wednesday to the complaint by 30-year-old Alexander Bradley, attorneys say the former University of Florida player is invoking his Fifth Amendment right that protects people from incriminating themselves. TAMPA, Fla. -- Gerald McCoy knows better than to draw any conclusions from preseason success.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers led the NFL with 16 sacks -- one more than the Denver Broncos, however the four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle isnt ready to declare the team has fixed its pass rush.Its only preseason, it doesnt count until Sunday, McCoy said looking ahead to the Bucs regular-season opener against NFC South rival Atlanta.Yes, its a positive and we can build off that. Weve shown that we can get there, but ... everything changes when it counts, he added. Game plans, matchups, tempo all that stuff changes. So, its a positive we can build off of, but it doesnt matter until Sunday.Bolstering an inconsistent pass rush and improving a porous secondary were the teams top priorities during the offseason. The Bucs finished with 38 sacks last season, when opposing quarterbacks completed 70 percent of their passes and threw for 31 touchdowns.General manager Jason Licht signed defensive end Robert Ayers Jr., four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes and linebacker Daryl Smith in free agency, then used the clubs first two picks in the draft to select cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and pass rusher Noah Spence.Another key move was Coach Dirk Koetters decision to hire former Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith as defensive coordinator.Players have embraced what they describe as a multi-faceted, aggressive scheme that produced encouraging results during the preseason. Thirteen different players had at least half a sack, with reserve Jacquies Smith leading the way wiith four. Cheap Jerseys China. McCoy, who led the Bucs with 8+ sacks last season, is confident the team is capable of replicating the success in the regular season.Ayers had 9+ sacks for the New York Giants in 2015, and Spence is a second-round draft pick out of Eastern Kentucky who likely would have been a first-rounder if not for off-the-field issues he had early in his college career at Ohio State.William Gholston is the other starting end, backed up by Jacquies Smith, a third-year pro who entered the league as an undrafted free agent and had 13+ sacks for the Bucs over the past two seasons.Now we can actually game-plan people, single out some guys, find some good matchups, McCoy said. In preseason, youre kind of just going, beating the guy in front of you. Its still going to have to be that, but we can game-plan guys, the quarterback protections, those kinds of things.Koetter also likes what hes seen, adding the team is developing the type of depth necessary to have a consistent rush, beginning Sunday against the Falcons Matt Ryan.I also think our defensive staff, led by Mike, is doing a really good job of moving those guys around, the coach said.Theyre really playing offense with defensive players. Thats what offenses do, they move guys into different positions to try and get them on matchups, and our defense is doing the same thing with the pass rush right now.---AP NFL website: and ' ' '