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Oct. 20, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten regular season is beginning to wind down for the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes. But this week’s challenge is conference rival No. 4 Penn State. Sunday’s showdown will close the season series between the two schools. On Oct. 10, the Lady Lions narrowly escaped with a 2-1 victory in State College. The Buckeyes enter this game fresh off an overtime victory over Northwestern last Sunday. On the flip-side, the Lady Lions suffered only their third loss of the season against Iowa last Sunday. %^$

%^$This Week’s Ranking
%^$In this week’s STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll, the Buckeyes are No. 12. In the Sept. 21 poll, Ohio State reached its highest ranking in school history at No. 5. The Buckeyes have been ranked in every poll this season.%^$

%^$Stock is Rising
%^$Junior co-captain Aubrey Stock has notched seven defensive saves this season. The total is the fifth highest in school history. Her 11 career defensive saves is the fifth highest total in school history. %^$

%^$Hobson is Hot
%^$Katie Hobson is having an impressive season. She has scored a goal or an assist in 12 of 14 games this season. The junior leads the Buckeyes with 13 goals and four assists for 30 points. She has already eclipsed her old career highs of seven goals and 20 points, set last year.%^$

%^$A Record Start
%^$OSU’s 8-1 start tied the school mark for best start set in 1974 and 1994. The Buckeyes set a new school record by opening the season with seven consecutive wins. The old record of 6-0 was set both in 1974 and 1994.%^$

%^$Offensive Leaders
%^$Offensively, the Buckeyes have been paced by consistent scoring from five different players. Katie Hobson leads the team with 13 goals and 30 points. Deanna Menichini is second the team with 18 points (seven goals and four assists). Marije van Nouhuys has 17 points off six goals and five assists. Jayne Landis is chipping in with six goals and four assists for 16 points. Diana Kuser is fifth on the team with 12 points and leads the team with six assists. %^$

%^$Defensive Leaders
%^$The Ohio State defense is allowing its opponents an average of 1.96 goals per game. Leading the way is co-captain Aubrey Stock with her team high seven defensive saves. The goaltending combination of Gillian Batey and Allison Blanton have combined for two shutouts and 78 saves. %^$

%^$Scouting the Lady Lions
%^$The No. 4 Penn State Lady Lions (13-3 overall, 5-2 in Big Ten) are currently in third place in the Big Ten standings. They enter this week after a difficult 3-2 loss to Iowa on Sunday. Tracey Larson (seven goals and 23 assists) and Maegan Galie (nine goals and 19 assists) are tied for the team lead with 37 points. Traci Anselmo has a team high 17 goals. In between the pipes, Heidi Leuchte has a team high 56 saves and a 0.85 goals against average. Head coach Char Morett is in her 13th year at the helm. %^$

%^$OSU vs. PSU All-Time
%^$The Lady Lions have a 21-4-2 lead in the all-time series between the two school. On Oct. 10, Penn State defeated Ohio State, 2-1, in State College. %^$

%^$Hosting the Big Ten Tourney
%^$The Ohio State University will have the privilege of hosting the 1999 Big Ten Tournament, Nov. 5-7 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Turf Field. All six teams in the conference are invited with the winning team receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Seeding will be determined by the regular season’s final standings. The Buckeyes should have a definite advantage after going 7-1 at home last year. %^$

%^$The Head Coach
%^$Anne Wilkinson enters her fourth year as the Ohio State head coach. She currently has a 46-27 (.630) record at OSU and a 125-111-8 (.529) career record. Since her arrival in Columbus, OSU has established itself as a consistent winner in the Big Ten Conference and in the classroom. Last season, her team finished third in the conference and took home two all-conference awards. Four Buckeyes were also named to the regional All-American team. Academically, the Buckeyes had three student-athletes named to the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and four student-athletes named academic all-Big Ten.

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