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April 27, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – Michelle Muñoz, who completed her junior season with the Ohio State women’s basketball team in 2004-05, has decided to end her playing career with the Buckeyes, head coach Jim Foster announced Wednesday. Muñoz, who would have played as a fifth-year senior in 2005-06, began her career at Tennessee in 2001-02 and played her final two seasons with the Buckeyes.

Muñoz played in 49 games with Ohio State, but missed time the last two seasons battling injuries. In 2004-05, she was forced to sit out eight contests, including all three of the Buckeyes’ NCAA tournament games.

“I have decided to end my playing career after three surgeries on the same ankle,” Muñoz, who hails from Mason, Ohio, said. “I feel I need to take care of my health for what I may decide to pursue in the future. I would like to stay involved with the team. It has been a great experience at Ohio State. I love my teammates and coaches and I want to remain in the Ohio State family.”

In her junior season, Muñoz started 27 games, averaging 4.3 points per outing and connecting on 46.5 percent (20-for-43) of her shots from outside the three-point arc. She scored a season-high 12 points on three occasions last season, coming against Dayton (Dec. 12), Iowa (Jan. 13) and Indiana (Jan. 20). For her OSU career, Muñoz posted 4.7 points per game in 30 starts.

“While we will miss Michelle’s experience and competitiveness, we are hopeful of involving her in some dimension of our program,” Foster said. “Michelle is the kind of role model student-athletes can learn from.”