Dec. 14, 2001
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Ohio State shot a season-high 53.2 percent from the floor but it wasn’t enough to offset the damage that 24 turnovers caused as Louisville was able to capitalize and pull out a 67-66 victory in game two of the Women’s Sports Foundation Classic tonight in Value City Arena. The Cardinals, 5-2 overall, advance to the championship game Saturday vs. No. 18 Colorado State at 8 p.m.
The Buckeyes shot even better in the first half (.615), led by forward Courtney Coleman (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Hughes) who led all scorers with 10 points off perfect shooting from the floor (5-of-5 FGs). OSU led 41-35 at halftime.
Ohio State, 2-6, enjoyed its largest lead of the second half, 46-39, with 16:10 to play. That cushion was soon erased with the backcourt tandem of Sara Nord and Kara Kessans combining for 12 points in a 15-6 rally that put the Cardinals ahead for good, 54-52, with 7:45 remaining.
Kessans finished with a game-high 20 points. Nord posted a double-double with14 points and 10 assists. Louisville’s defensive effort was also key, scoring 30 points of the Buckeyes’ miscues.
Coleman and D’wan Shackleford (Jr., Newark, Ohio/Newark) paced Ohio State, each with a double-double. Coleman posted 16 points and 10 rebounds. Shackleford finished the night with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.