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Jan. 11, 2001

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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team dropped a tough 75-73 verdict Thursday night to visiting Illinois in front of 6,170 spectators at Value City Arena.%^$

%^$Decimated by injuries, the Buckeyes (11-4, 1-4 Big Ten) dressed just six players for the contest, yet they fought valiantly. The game was decided in the final seconds as Illinois’ Iveta Marcauskaite slipped through the paint for a field goal with four seconds left to break a 73-all tie. OSU had one last opportunity to tie or win the game, but Tomeka Brown (Jr., Columbus, Ohio) was unable to get a shot off before the final horn.%^$

%^$Courtney Coleman (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a career night for the Buckeyes, scoring a game- and career-high 22 points while swatting a career-high three shots. She also added nine rebounds.%^$

%^$Brown added 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while DiDi Reynolds (So., Portage, Ohio) chipped in 13 points, hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Reynolds’ final 3-pointer tied the score at 73 with under a minute remaining.%^$

%^$Jamie Lewis (Sr., Oak Hill, Ohio) added 11 points and five assists while playing all 40 minutes at the point for Ohio State. D’wan Shackleford (So., Newark, Ohio) added nine points and nine boards for the Buckeyes, while Lauren Shenk (Jr., Minster, Ohio) scored four for OSU.%^$

%^$Illinois (8-8, 3-1) was paced by a solid effort from Allison Curtin, who scored 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Dawn Vana added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Fighting Illini.%^$

%^$The game was plagued by two shot-clock malfunctions that forced the use of two alternate clocks for the final 27 minutes of the game. The second delay resulted in more than a 21-minute stoppage in play.%^$

%^$Ohio State returns to action Sunday, traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., to battle the Michigan Wolverines at 2 p.m.