COLUMBUS, Ohio – Head Coach Kevin McGuff was named to the 2023 Wener Ladder Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year Late Season Watch List, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Wednesday. The list of 15 coaches includes four from the Big Ten Conference. McGuff was most recently on the watch list during the 2020-21 season.
The Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year award will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists on Wednesday, March 8. The Fan Vote to narrow the field from 10 candidates to four on Monday, March 20. The Fan Vote to help narrow the list down to the final honoree will open Tuesday, March 21 and close Tuesday, March 28. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 29 at the Women’s Final Four in Dallas.
This season, the Buckeyes put together the best start in program history by winning their first 19 games. The 19-game win streak ranks third in program history and is just one win shy of the record. Ohio State also tied its highest AP poll ranking, claiming the No. 2 spot for two weeks in January. The Buckeyes have been ranked in the top-15 every week this season, as McGuff has led the Buckeyes to 107 AP weekly poll appearances throughout his time in Columbus.
Ohio State has four ranked wins on the season, beating then No. 5 Tennessee, No. 18 Louisville, No. 16 Oregon and No. 14 Michigan. The Buckeyes have dealt with injuries to three of their starters at some point during the season, using four different starting lineups. OSU ranks in the top-four in the Big Ten in eight different team categories, including leading the league in turnovers forced per game (21.2) and turnover margin (7.5) throughout the season.
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