The Ohio State women’s basketball team’s roster officially grew by two Wednesday with the addition of two walk-ons.
Forward Savitha Jayaraman and guard Karlie Cronin recently joined the women’s basketball team, giving the Buckeyes 12 players as official practices started Wednesday.
Jayaraman, a second-year student at Ohio State, is a 6-feet-2 forward and Olentangy Liberty graduate. She was twice an All-OCC honorable mention in high school. Jayaraman has four years of eligibility remaining.
Cronin joins the women’s basketball program after enrolling at Ohio State for the spring 2016 semester, during which she made seven appearances — two starts — for the women’s lacrosse team. Previously, the 5 feet 8 guard and Oakton, Virginia native was a member of the SMU women’s basketball team, where she made two appearances during the 2015-16 season before leaving the program. Cronin has three years of eligibility remaining.
After adding a nonconference home game against Washington to the 2017-18 schedule two weeks ago, Ohio State finalized its schedule Wednesday by adding a Nov. 17 game against Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats (29-7 in 2016-17) were one of the major surprises of the 2017 NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed, knocking off No. 5 seed Marquette and No. 4 seed Miami to reach the Sweet 16, where it fell 100-58 to eventual national champion South Carolina.
The addition brings Ohio State’s regular-season game total to 30. The Buckeyes will play Ashland in an Oct. 29 exhibition and Urbana in a Nov. 5 exhibition before opening the regular-season Friday, Nov. 10 against Stanford at St. John Arena. Ohio State will play five games from Nov. 10-19 to begin the regular-season.
Ohio State announced two additions to the women’s basketball staff Wednesday, as Ericka Haney joined the program as a special assistant to the head coach and Reid Guzdanski was named office assistant.
Haney, who played at Notre Dame while Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff was an assistant under Muffet McGraw, was previously the director of girls basketball at four Florida high schools. She most recently was on staff with a women’s college basketball program from 2007-09, when she was the recruiting coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast.
Guzdanski was the video coordinator for the New Mexico women’s basketball last season and was formerly an Ohio State women’s basketball manager (2014) and graduate assistant/video coordinator (2014-16).