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Nov. 28, 2003

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THE TIP
No. 14/14 Ohio State tips off against the IUPUI Jaguars at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in Value City Arena. This is the first meeting between the squads.

SCOUTING IUPUI
After a 71-51 victory over Marian (Ind.) College Nov. 29, IUPUI moved to 1-3 for the season. Jaguar losses were suffered at Cincinnati, Xavier and Loyola-Chicago. The Jaguars fell 74-47 to the Bearcats Nov. 21, lost to the Musketeers, 64-48, Nov. 23 and dropped a 69-68 heartbreaker at the Rambler’s home in Chicago Nov. 26.

Natalie Hendricks is leading the IUPUI scoring effort with 10.5 points per game. Close behind is Kia Hayes, who has tallied an average of 10.3 points an outing. Brooke McAfee is the team’s top rebounder with 5.8 boards per game.

This season, IUPUI returns four starters and are under the guidance of head coach Kris Simpson, who is in her ninth year at the helm of the Jaguar program. IUPUI was picked eighth in the 2003-04 Mid-Continent Conference Preseason Poll.

IUPUI’S KRIS SIMPSON
Kris Simpson, a 1988 graduate of Michigan State University, is in her ninth season at the helm of the IUPUI program. The winningest coach in school history who holds the longest tenure throughout the IUPUI women’s basketball program, Simpson is entering her ninth season at the helm of the Jaguar program. A former assistant at Michigan Tech (1992-95), Simpson was a two-time All-American at Michigan State and ranks second among Spartan career scoring and rebounding records, not to mention a Top 10 place in every other statistical category among MSU records. After college, Simpson played professionally overseas. As a member of a Swedish team, Simpson earned MVP league honors in 1990 and 1992. UNC WILMINGTON RECAP
The Ohio State women’s basketball team (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) beat UNC Wilmington (0-2, 0-0 CAA), 70-42, Nov. 25 in Value City Arena. Two junior shooting guards, Ashley Allen and Caity Matter combined for a 9-for-13 night from downtown. Matter, who was 5-for-9 from 3-point land, led all scorers with 20 points and Allen, who was 4-for-4 from downtown in her second game back since suffering a season-ending injury last January, scored 13 points in 16 minutes and grabbed three boards and two steals. Sophomore point guard Kim Wilburn distributed a season-best eight assists vs. the Seahawks.

In the first half, Ohio State utilized a .522 shooting mark from the field, a .600 average from behind the 3-point line and a perfect stroke at the charity stripe to take a 34-21 lead. Brandie Hoskins was a flawless 3-for-3 from the field, made the only free throw she attempted and grabbed two boards, one steal and dished out one assist in the first 20 minutes.

The Buckeyes jumped out to a quick 11-3 lead with 16:11 to go in the first, but the Seahawks responded with two buckets to pull the game to within four just one minutes later. Sophomore Michelle Muoz, who ended the night with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and no turnovers, hit two free throws to spark a 9-2 scoring run and give OSU a 20-9 advantage with 10:50 left in the half. UNCW’s Shannon Presswood and Jennifer Kapper combined for five straight points, but Muoz responded with a lay-up at the 9:22 mark and Allen nailed two consecutive treys to take command of the game. A Matter 3-pointer with 1:32 left in the half gave the Buckeyes their largest first-half lead of 16 points (34-18), but UNCW’s Emily Roberts swished one from beyond the arc to bring the score to 34-21 at the midway mark.

Hot shooting by the Buckeyes continued in the second half as Ohio State went by as many as 32 points twice. Junior Beth Howe hit a jumper at 8:23 to make it 61-29. After a Presswood three-point play, sophomore Candace Dark nailed a 3-pointer and sent her squad up 64-32 with 6:55 remaining.

Freshman Jessica Davenport added eight points and five boards, while classmate Hoskins ended the night with seven points. Senior Emily Haynam tallied four points and Stephanie Blanton contributed five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Dark, Howe and Wilburn scored 3, 2 and 2 points, respectively.

Additionally, Ohio State’ s 12 total 3-pointers is a Buckeye Value City Arena record for makes from 3-point land. The team’s .667 3-point percentage is also an OSU VCA record.

Presswood, who scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, led UNCW.

FOSTER AND MATTER HONORED BY USA BASKETBALL
Jim Foster, head coach of the 2003 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Team last summer, was named the 2003 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year by the USA Basketball Executive Committee. Junior shooting guard Caity Matter, who was selected to the Young Women Team from the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials last spring, earned a spot as part of the 2003 USA Basketball Team of the Year, which also was selected by the USA Basketball Executive Committee. Both Foster and Matter (as part of the team) have been nominated by USA Basketball for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Developmental Coach of the Year and Team of the Year awards, respectively, which will be announced by the USOC at a later date.

Foster’s squad finished with a 7-1 record and collected the inaugural FIBA World Championship For Young Women gold medal in Sibenik, Croatia, last summer.

AP NO. 14 HIGHEST FOR OHIO STATE SINCE 1993
Ohio State’s current No. 14 ranking in the weekly Associated Press poll is the highest for a Buckeye squad since being ranked No. 12 Dec. 28, 1993. Since then, the Buckeyes were ranked 10 times in the AP poll, but went without a ranking from Jan. 25, 1999 (No. 19) until they were ranked No. 23 in the AP poll Jan. 6, 2003. Ohio State was in the AP poll six times last season, including a No. 20 nod to end the season.

The Buckeyes opened the 2003-04 campaign with a No. 17 ranking and moved up to No. 14 last week.

OUT-DOING THE OPPONENTS
Offensively, Ohio State is averaging 20.3 assists per game vs. opponents’ 9.7 assists per game. On the defensive end, not one team the Buckeyes have faced in three games has tallied a blocked shot this year.

A BLOCKING BATTLE BELOW THE BUCKET
While Ohio State has held three teams to zero blocks this season and boasts 6-foot-5-inch Jessica Davenport, who is averaging over two rejected shots per game, look for IUPUI’s Brooke McAfee to give the rookie Buckeye a challenge. McAfee, who is a 6-feet-2-inch sophomore, is averaging 4.5 blocks per game, not to mention touting an 8.5-point and team-leading 5.8-rebound average for the Jaguars.

ALLEN ALREADY CONTRIBUTING
Junior Ashley Allen, who had been sidelined with a knee injury suffered in February last season at Illinois, returned to action vs. Florida A&M. The guard from Indianapolis, who had started for the Buckeyes until the Illini game last year, tallied 12 minutes, one point, two rebounds and four assists vs. the Lady Rattlers. However, it was her game against UNC Wilmington that proved she was back to stay. Allen was 4-for-4 from behind the 3-point line and totaled 15 points, three boards and two steals in 16 minutes vs. the Seahawks.

MATTER CONTINUES TO DRAIN ‘EM FROM DOWNTOWN
Junior Caity Matter, who led the Buckeyes in scoring last season, is continuing that trend this year. The native of Bluffton, Ohio, is notching 19.3 points per game and has already racked up 13 (of-30) 3-pointers in three games. Overall this season, Matter owns a .512 mark from the field with a .433 stroke from outside the arc. Matter is Ohio State’s current top 3-point shooter in program history (.436).

WILBURN ASSISTING
Sophomore point guard Kim Wilburn is leading the OSU team with 17 assists in three games. Wilburn, who rewrote the assists record last year for Ohio State freshmen, earned a season-best eight assists vs. UNC Wilmington Nov. 25.

DECEMBER GOOD TO THE BUCKEYES
The month of December was good to Jim Foster’s Ohio State squad last year. The Buckeyes were 6-1 in December of 2002, with the lone loss coming at Wisconsin-Green Bay. UWGB ended the season a 28-4 overall mark, ranked No. 21/24 and earned a second-round finish in the NCAA tournament.

PULLING DOWN THE BOARDS
Ohio State, who is averaging 35.3 rebounds vs. opponents’ 26.7 average, has outrebounded every opponent they have faced this season. The Buckeyes outrebounded 2002-03 opponents, 33.1 to 29.5.

13 YEARS LATER, OSU MEETS NEBRASKA ONCE AGAIN
After a five-game home stand to open the 2003-04 season, Ohio State’s next outing will be on the road. The Buckeyes travel to take on Big XII opponent Nebraska Dec. 12. It will be just over 13 years to the day since Ohio State met the Cornhuskers for the first and only time in program history. Nebraska edged the Buckeyes, 63-54, in the Buckeye Classic game Dec. 2, 1990.

BUCKEYES REWRITE VCA RECORDS
Three Ohio State Value City Arena records have been rewritten this season.

Ohio State’s 12 3-pointers drained from downtown vs. UNC Wilmington Nov. 25 marked a new Ohio State team record in Value City Arena. The previous mark was held by the 2001-02 Buckeyes, who made 10 3-pointers vs. Minnesota Jan. 25, 2002.

OSU’s .667 stroke from outside the 3-point line vs. UNCW Nov. 25 rewrote the previous high Ohio State VCA 3-point percentage in a single game, which was held by the 1998-99 team. The Buckeyes shot .615 from behind the arc vs. Pittsburgh Dec. 2, 1998. That 3-point percentage mark has stood since the first year the VCA was used as the home of Ohio State women’s basketball.

Freshman Jessica Davenport tied a Value City Arena record (set by Courtney Coleman Jan. 31, 2002) with 14 trips to the free-throw line vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 23).

WILBURN RACKING UP THE PT
Sophomore point guard Kim Wilburn is averaging 30.0 minutes per game, which leads the Buckeyes. Plentiful playing time is nothing new to Wilburn, who played five 40-minute outings last season, three of which came in the final four games. Wilburn averaged 31.9 minutes per game as a rookie last season.

COUNTING THE WINS IN COLUMBUS
The Buckeyes continued their unbeaten home record vs. UNC Wilmington. Under Jim Foster, Ohio State is 17-0 in Columbus dating back to the beginning of the 2002-03 season. Additionally, the current Buckeye win streak is 19 consecutive games, dating back to the final two games of the 2001-02 season.

STATE OF OHIO CONNECTIONS
Charles R. Bantz, IUPUI’s chancellor, is a 1975 graduate of Ohio State University and Michael R. Moore, the Jaguar’s director of athletics, is a 1978 graduate of nearby Ohio University. Additionally, IUPUI’s Elizabeth O’Brien is a native of Mansfield, Ohio. O’Brien graduated from Madison Comprehensive High School.

THREE BUCKEYES IN DOUBLE DIGITS
A junior and two freshmen are averaging double digits for Ohio State three games into the season. Caity Matter is leading all scorers with 19.3 points per game and rookies Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins are tallying 15.3 and 10.0 points per contest, respectively.

DAVENPORT EARNS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Freshman Jessica Davenport earned her first double-double as a Buckeye vs. Florida A&M. Davenport tallied 23 points and 12 rebounds and four blocked shots off a 7-of-11 day from the field and an 9-of-14 stroke from the charity stripe. Notably, Davenport’s 14 free throw attempts vs. Florida A&M tied an Ohio State VCA record set by Courtney Coleman vs. Indiana Jan. 31, 2002.

SPREADING THE WEALTH
The 2003-04 Buckeyes have been spreading out the scoring duties. Against Ohio, four Buckeye players scored in double digits; Jessica Davenport, Brandie Hoskins, Caity Matter and Kim Wilburn tallied 15, 13, 17 and 15 points, respectively. Three Buckeye players scored in double digits vs. Florida A&M; Matter, Davenport and Hoskins tallied 21, 23, and 10 points, respectively. And against UNC Wilmington, Matter and junior Ashley Allen scored 20 and 15 points, respectively.

REJECTING SHOTS LEFT AND RIGHT
Freshman Jessica Davenport is averaging just over two blocked shots per game as a Buckeye. In the first two games of the season, she was the only player on either team to record at least one blocked shot. She had two vs. Ohio, four vs. Florida A&M and one vs. UNC Wilmington. Davenport, who stands at 6-5, averaged 5.1 blocks as a senior at Columbus Independence High School.

SHACK TAKING IT TO THE VOLLEYBALL COURT
D’wan Shackleford, a senior on last year’s Ohio State basketball team, moved her game from the basketball court to the volleyball court this year. After exhausting her hoops eligibility, Shack, a Newark, Ohio, native, decided to try her hand at volleyball. The 2003 Buckeyes are 11-17 overall under head coach Jim Stone and recently finished their regular season with contests at Iowa and at Minnesota Thanksgiving weekend.

MATTER AND WILBURN INVITED TO U.S. TRIALS
Junior Caity Matter and sophomore Kim Wilburn were invited to the 2003 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials last spring at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Buckeye pair was two of 60 athletes from around the country asked to try-out. Matter was selected to join the Young Women Team, which was coached by Jim Foster. The squad went on to tally a 7-1 record and capture the gold medal at the inaugural FIBA World Championships for Young Women in Sibenik, Croatia last summer.

TURNER TO MISS CONTEST VS. JAGUARS
Senior center LaToya Turner will miss the game vs. IUPUI Monday, Dec. 1, due to injury. Turner, the 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is expected to make a full recovery within the next few weeks.

NEW FACES ON STAFF
WNBA Minnesota Lynx forward Tamika Williams and Erin Wright were named assistant coach and director of basketball operations, respectively, for the Ohio State women’s basketball program over the summer. A student assistant for the Buckeyes last season, Williams’ primary duties will include on-the-floor coaching and recruiting responsibilities and Wright, who served as the director of basketball operations for two seasons at Vanderbilt under Foster, will be managing the day-to-day operations of Buckeye basketball, including travel, camp and schedule coordination.

THE VOICES OF THE BUCKEYES
Buckeye fans, tune to WOSU 820 AM for complete coverage of all Buckeye basketball games this season. Marty Bannister will replace Herb Howenstine, who moved to Texas last summer, as the play-by-play announcer. Color commentary duties will be shared by a trio of former Ohio State players in Alysiah Bond (1992-95), Toni Roesch (1983-86) and Kristin Watt (1982-85).

MEET THE FRESHMEN
Freshmen Stephanie Blanton, Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins will be sporting Scarlet and Gray this year. Stephanie Blanton, the 2003 Dispatch/Agonis Club Co-Player of the Year, averaged 23.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks at Lancaster (Ohio) High School. Davenport, a 2003 McDonald’s All-American, averaged 17.1 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.1 blocks, 2.3 assists and shot 64 percent from the field last year at Independence (Columbus) High School. Hoskins, the 2003 Division II All-Ohio Player of the Year, tallied an average of 15.9 points and 6.0 rebounds at Chaminade-Julienne.

WAITING IN THE WINGS
Tia Battle, a junior transfer from Vanderbilt University, also will join the Ohio State women’s basketball team this season. A six-foot guard/forward from Plymouth, Minn., she spent two seasons with the Commodores and started in 16-of-30 games, averaging 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 18.5 minutes per game last year. A 2001 Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year and 2000 NIKE All-American, Battle also was a three-time Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-America selection. Battle will sit out the 2003-04 campaign per NCAA transfer requirements, but will have two years of eligibility remaining when she begins competing with the Buckeyes next season.

2002-03 ALL BIG TEN HONOREES
Then-senior Courtney Coleman, then-sophomore Caity Matter and then-freshman Kim Wilburn were honored with All-Big Ten accolades last season. Coleman, a forward, was named to both the coaches and media all-league second teams. Matter, a guard, earned a spot on the media’s second-team and was named a coaches’ third-team selection. Wilburn, a point guard, was on the Coaches’ All-Freshman Team and also earned an honorable-mention all-conference nod from the media.

TWO ON THE 2003 BIG TEN TOURNEY TEAM
Two Buckeyes were honored for their play over the three days of the 2003 Big Ten Tournament. Then-sophomore Caity Matter, who averaged 16.7 points over the three games, and then-freshman Kim Wilburn, who averaged 13.3 points and 6.7 assists, were both named to the 2003 All-Tournament Team. The two were major factors in No. 4-seed Ohio State’s run to the title game of the Big Ten Tournament, including a victory over top-seeded Penn State.

WILBURN SETS TWO FRESHMAN RECORDS
Point guard Kim Wilburn set two new records among Ohio State freshmen leaders last season. The Southfield, Mich., native distributed seven assists vs. Weber State and became the record holder for assists by an Ohio State freshman. Wilburn’s 168 dishes took the place of Jamie Lewis, who distributed 159 assists during the 1997-98 season. Wilburn also accumulated 92 steals last year, including two at Minnesota Feb. 16, which earned her the record for steals by an Ohio State freshman. Martha Baker previously owned the mark for most steals by a rookie Buckeye with 71, which was set during the 1975-76 season. Additionally, Wilburn led the Big Ten with 2.88 swipes per game last season.

HISTORIC ST. JOHN ARENA
Two times during the 2002-03 regular season the Buckeyes hosted games in historic St. John Arena and the tradition will continue this season. The Dec. 18 contest against Wright State and the Feb. 19 Northwestern game will both be held in the former long-time home of Buckeye hoops. Additionally, Ohio State and St. John Arena will play host to the 2004 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship First- and Second-Round Games March 20 and 22. Tickets for all women’s basketball games and for all other Ohio State athletics events can be purchased at www.hangonsloopy.com or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS.

Last season, Ohio State faced then-No. 17/18 Texas Jan. 5 and Big Ten foe Michigan Feb. 27 in St. John. Ohio State beat the Longhorns, 70-66, and wrapped up the regular-season portion of their schedule with a 70-55 victory over the Wolverines.