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Nov. 12, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jim Foster, Ohio State head women’s basketball coach, announced the 2004 recruiting class Wednesday. Alice Jamen, Marscilla Packer and Tamarah Riley have committed to join the Buckeye basketball program and will comprise the freshman class of 2004-05. Additionally, sophomore transfer Tia Battle will be eligible to compete next season after she sits out the 2003-04 year to satisfy NCAA transfer requirements.

“A lot of recruiting is fulfilling needs,” Foster said. “With the senior class of LaToya Turner, Emily Haynam and Tanya McClure, a combination post player in Tamarah Riley, a solid post player around the bucket in Alice Jamen and a very skilled and talented guard in Marscilla Packer allows us to meet our needs.”

“Coach Foster was able to accomplish his goal, which was to replace the three seniors he will lose (Tanya McClure, Emily Haynam and LaToya Turner) at their specific positions with quality players,” Joe Smith, Director of Women’s Basketball News Service, said. “Marscilla Packer is no doubt the best player in Ohio and Alice Jamen and Tamarah Riley will certainly solidify his lineup.”

Jamen is a 6-3 forward from Wheeling, W.Va. A native of Cameroon, Africa, and the 2003 Most Valuable Player at Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy, Jamen averaged 14 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots per game throughout her career entering her senior season. A member of the 2003 Cameroon National Team, Jamen boasts numerous accomplishments outside of basketball. The Student Body Governess at Mount de Chantal, Jamen owns a 4.1 GPA and is active in the computer and glee clubs. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Jamen won the Herdon Scholarship, awarded for leadership, the Slater Mathematics Medal, Sister Marie Jacqueline Antonelli Medal, given to a student who demonstrates courage and adventure, and the Luisa Valencia Pangilinan Scholarship for achievement in science. Jamen hopes to pursue a degree in sports medicine at Ohio State. Packer, a 5-9 guard from Pickerington, Ohio, is a 2002 and 2003 Nike All-American and a 2001 Adidas Top 10 All-American. A 2001 and 2002 Street and Smith’s Honorable Mention All-America selection, Packer was named to the 2003 Street and Smith Fifth Team, a member of the 2002 Ohio Girls’ Basketball Magazine Dream Team, earned the 2002 AP Division I Co-Player of the Year and the 2002 Metro (Columbus) Player of the Year and was ranked No. 18 as a junior in the Blue Star Index. Packer, a two-time first team Division I All-Ohio selection (2002, ’03), was named to the 2003 Dispatch-Agonis Club All-Star team as a junior with current Buckeyes Jessica Davenport and Stephanie Blanton and earned first team AP Division I all-state honors as a sophomore and junior and third team accolades as a freshman. Packer averaged 21.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per outing as a junior. A Columbus Dispatch Athlete of the Week, Packer was a member of the north team at the 2003 USA Basketball Women’s Youth Development Festival, which featured 47 of the nation’s top high school players who entered their senior year in the fall of 2003. Packer, who was a 2003 AAU 17-and-Under All-American, also was a member of the Dayton Lady HoopStars AAU team with current Buckeyes Blanton and Brandie Hoskins. Packer plans to study communications at Ohio State.

Riley, a 6-2 forward from Detroit St. Martin DePorres High School in Detroit, Mich., is a three-time Adidas Top 10 All-American. A finalist for the 2004 Miss Basketball Award by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan and honored as a student-athlete by The Detroit News, Riley was named to the 2003 All-Catholic League and the 2003 All-Academic Teams by the Catholic League Coaches Association. The 2003 Detroit Police Athletic League Youth Of the Year, Riley led her squad to the 2002 all city, district and regional championships. To date, Riley’s teams have lost only three times during her tenure and have racked up three City Class titles (Martin Luther King High School), one Catholic League championship (the first for St. Martin DePorres since 1990) and have made appearances in every final four, finishing as runners-up twice. The Detroit News named Riley to the 2002 Second Team All State Class A, the 2002 All-Area Detroit and the 2002 All Metro Honorable Mention teams. Riley, who owned nearly a 50 percent career average from the field after her junior year, was a Channel 7 (Mich.) McDonald’s High School Scholar Athlete of the Week. A member of the AAU Motor City Crusaders, Riley was named the 2003 Most Valuable Player and her squad won the Deep South Tournament. Ranked No. 8 among The Detroit Free Press’ Top 100 Players, Riley is an honor roll student with a 3.8 GPA and plans to major in engineering at Ohio State.