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Dec. 10, 2001

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Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State’s shooting woes continued Monday night against Eastern Michigan, allowing the Eagles to pull out a 70-58 win in Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes shot 29 percent (9-of-31) from the floor in the first half. Trailing 26-22 at the break, a 12-7 rally to open the final stanza established OSU’s first lead in more than 20 minutes, 34-33, with 14:04 remaining. The play of Buckeye forward D’wan Shackleford (Jr., Newark, Ohio/Newark) was key, as she scored six points and collected two steals in the comeback.

The Eagles, however, wouldn’t go away. Tied at 47-all with 7:16 on the clock, Ohio State suffered a permanent setback with the play of guard Stephanie Smiley and reserve Marion Crandall. Smiley’s back-to-back buckets and Crandall’s two consecutive triples were capped with a three-point play by forward Abby Wiseman, putting EMU in the driver’s seat, 58-50, with 4:36 to play.

DiDi Reynolds (Jr., Portage, Ohio/Hopewell-Loudon) recorded her second career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Shackleford, who shot 70 percent (7-of-10) from the floor, finished with 14 points. Seniors Lauren Shenk (Minster, Ohio/Minster) and Tomeka Brown (Columbus, Ohio/Marion Franklin) also finished in double-figures, scoring 10 points. Brown led all players with a career- and game-high 12 rebounds.

Smiley paced Eastern Michigan with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Ohio State closes the week hosting the Third Annual Women’s Sports Foundation Tournament in Value City Arena. No. 12 Colorado State and Xavier will play in the opening game Friday at 6 p.m. The Buckeyes take on Louisville at 8 p.m. The consolation and championship games will be played at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively Saturday