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Feb. 12, 2003

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TIP OFF
No. 22/24 Ohio State (17-5; 8-3 Big Ten) tips off against Michigan State (13-8; 6-4 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Jack Breslin Students Event Center. This is the second time this season the Buckeyes and the Spartans have met and the 39th matchup overall. OSU beat MSU, 70-65, in Columbus Jan. 9.

THE MICHIGAN STATE SERIES
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Spartans 38-16. The last two seasons Ohio State and Michigan State split, each taking a victory. Last year, the teams met for a third time in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament and Ohio State won, 89-82, in a double overtime contest.

LAST TIME VS. MICHIGAN STATE
The Ohio State women’s basketball (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten) team used an 18-5 run in the second period, strong high-low play and solid outside shooting to beat Michigan State (7-6, 1-2 Big Ten), 70-65, Jan. 9 in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes move to 10-2 overall, their best start since the 2000-01 season, a perfect 8-0 at home and 2-0 in Big Ten competition. This is the first time since the 1998-99 season that a Buckeye squad opened conference play with a 2-0 record.

Ohio State jumped off to a quick 15-6 lead in the first five minutes of play, due mainly to hot three-point shooting from sophomore guard Caity Matter. Matter swished the first three treys she took and ended the half 4-for-6 form behind the arc. Four 3-pointers ties the Bluffton, Ohio, native’s career-high mark. Michigan State whittled away at the nine-point Buckeye lead and eventually tied the game at 22 off a pair of Lindsay Bowen free throws. Ohio State senior Courtney Coleman responded with a bucket underneath the basket, but Bowen, who scored 12 total points for the Spartans, nailed a 3-pointer to capture her squad’s first lead of the contest. Ohio State responded with Coleman and sophomore Ashley Allen scoring 9 of the final 11 Ohio State points of the period and sent the Buckeyes into halftime with a 35-30 advantage over Michigan State. The Spartans came out strong and pulled the game to within one point (37-36) with 17:29 left in the game after Kristen Haynie and Syreeta Bromfield hit back-to-back treys to open the second period. But Ohio State answered with an 18-5 scoring run over an eight-minute stretch in the middle of the half giving the Buckeyes a 15-point lead, their largest advantage of the game, with 3:47 to go. Haynie added seven points and Julie Pagel tallied five points for Michigan State in the final minutes, but the Buckeyes were able to hold on for their second conference win in as many games.

Ohio State outscored the Spartans, 30-20, in the paint, earned 23 assists compared to MSU’s 14 and shot .519 (27-52) for the night. Coleman led all scorers with 22 points off 7-of-10 shooting from the field and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Junior LaToya Turner and Matter each added 13 points and Allen scored nine points for Ohio State. Turner dished out a career-high five assists, blocked three shots and earned two steals against Michigan State.

Michigan State’s Haynie scored 19 points and Bromfield added 13 points.

ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State has accumulated a 13-8 record this season and a 6-4 mark in the Big Ten. The Spartans have won four of their last five, dropping their last game to the Big Ten leader Penn State at home, 64-60.

While Michigan State began the season with 12 players, they were down to nine just two games into the season. Junior guard Candice Jackson tore her ACL Nov. 24 against Miami (Ohio) and senior forward Maria Recker and freshman guard Patrice McKinney are both out due to a shoulder and ACL injury, respectively. Junior transfer Caroline Nixon (from Australia) was not cleared by the NCAA to compete for the Spartans this season. They have turned to Final Four field hockey team member Theresa Pusateri to fill the gap for the Spartans.

Michigan State has five players that average double-digits. Syreeta Bromfield, Kelli Roehrig, Liz Shimek and Kristin Haynie average 15.3, 13.6, 11.9, 11.0 and 10.0 points per game, respectively. Shimek is the leading rebounder with 9.8 boards a contest.

MICHIGAN STATE’S JOANNE P. MCCALLIE
Joanne P. McCallie enters her third season at the helm of the Michigan State women’s basketball program. McCallie is the fourth coach in Spartan history and took over the reigns of the program when Karen Langeland retired after 24 years as the Spartan leader. Entering the 2002-03 season, McCallie had an overall career record of 196-104 (.653) and was 29-31 (.483) at Michigan State.

Prior to joining the ranks of Michigan State, McCallie spent eight years at the University as Maine, where she recorded a 167-73 overall record with the Black Bears. She guided Maine to six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, two North Atlantic Conference Championships, two America East Conference Championships and five regular-season conference titles.

COLEMAN NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ohio State women’s basketball player Courtney Coleman was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Feb. 10. Coleman, a senior forward form Cincinnati, Ohio, was a major force behind the Buckeye’s two victories over then-No. 15/16 Minnesota (66-58) and Wisconsin (63-40) in Value City Arena.

Coleman, who has lead the country all year in the category of field goal percentage for both men and women, averaged 17.0 points off a combined 14-of-22 effort from the field. Coleman was 7-of-8 vs. the Gophers, played 35 minutes in each game and averaged 8.5 boards an outing. Her nine-rebound effort against a much taller Wisconsin team, who started three players standing at 6-7, 6-5 and 6-3, led the game and her eight boards vs. the Gophers was a Buckeye high mark. Additionally, Coleman was a combined 6-of-8 from the line over the two games.

This is the first such honor for Coleman, who had found her way into the Buckeye record books throughout her four-year tenure at Ohio State.

TURNER OUT WITH BROKEN ARM
Junior forward LaToya Turner suffered a radial head fracture in her left arm and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks. The injury occurred during the Minnesota game Feb. 6 in Value City Arena.

A starter for first-year head coach Jim Foster’s Buckeye squad and the 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Turner was averaging 8.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 26.0 minutes of action per game. A native of Pickerington, Ohio, Turner was redshirted last season after having arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 11. She also missed the majority of the 2000-01 season after Jan. 12 surgery for a torn ACL in her left knee.

12-0 IN COLUMBUS; ONE OF FIVE STILL STANDING
After a 63-40 victory over Wisconsin, Ohio State moved to 12-0 overall in Columbus. That home mark is the best for a Buckeye squad since the 1992-93 team went 16-0 and defended St. John Arena. The Buckeyes are one of three Big Ten teams with unblemished records at home (Penn State, Purdue) and one of five (Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State and Minnesota) that own perfect conference marks at home.

So, how have they done it? First year head coach Jim Foster and his coaching staff have been perfect in Columbus by beating: Wayne State (100-57), then-No. 19/24 Arizona (84-65), Virginia (73-60), Youngstown State (76-45), Austin Peay (76-60), Northwestern (82-49), then-No. 17/18 Texas (70-66), Michigan State (70-65), Illinois (82-74), Iowa (74-59), then-No. 15/16 Minnesota (66-58) and Wisconsin (63-40).

FOURTH FROM THE FIELD WITH 50 PERCENT
The Buckeyes are ranked fourth in the country and second in the league with a .500 (597-1193) shooting average. They are one of two Big Ten teams and one of four teams throughout the country that make at least half the shots they take per outing.

COLEMAN AND MATTER SETTING THE NATIONAL SHOOTING STANDARD
Senior Courtney Coleman and sophomore Caity Matter are leading the country with their shooting percentages. Coleman is atop of the field-goal percentage list with a .711 (138-194) stroke and not only is she the best female shooter in the country, the six-foot-one-forward’s mark also leads the Division I men. Matter has the best 3-point stroke in the country with a .484 (74-153) average.

Not only are these two Buckeyes the leading scorers for Ohio State – Matter averages 15.9 and Coleman averages 15.0 – but these two women also hold the top spots in Ohio State history. Coleman’s .608 (550-904) career percentage ranks her as the best field-goal shooter in Ohio State history and Matter’s .455 (92-202) is the best among Buckeye record holders from 3-point land.

MOVIN’ ON UP
Ohio State remained in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings for the third consecutive week. They are ranked 22nd, the highest rank for an Ohio State team under the guidance of first-year head coach Jim Foster.

The Buckeyes debuted at No. 23 Jan. 6 after a 70-66 victory over then-No. 17/18 Texas Jan. 5 in St. John Arena. That ranking was a first for an Ohio State squad since Jan. 25, 1999. The Buckeyes jumped back into the Associated Press Top 25 rankings two weeks ago at the No. 23 spot.

Ohio State debuted in the ESPN/USAToday Coaches Poll at No. 24 this week.

WILBURN ZONING IN ON STEALING THE RECORD
Freshman Kim Wilburn is on her way to owning the record for steals by a Buckeye freshman. The Southfield, Mich., native has earned 67 total steals 21 games into her rookie campaign. Martha Baker holds the record for steals by a Buckeye freshman with 71, which was set during the 1975-76 season.

Wilburn ranks first in conference games with 3.8 steals per game and is third in all games among Big Ten leaders with 3.05 swipes per game.

COLEMAN SHOWING POWER ON THE OFFENSIVE BOARDS
Senior Courtney Coleman is ranked third in the Big Ten with 3.32 offensive boards an outing. The 6-1 forward is ranked eighth on the Buckeye career records list with 701 total boards. Coleman needs three rebounds to move to seventh in Ohio State history.

HOLDIN’ EM
Ohio State is still holding opponents to a league-leading 56.2 points in all games and in conference contests. In overall games, Michigan State is ranked second with 60.9 tallies in all games and holds teams to 59 point per outing in Big Ten contests.

STEALING IN THE CONFERENCE
Ohio State is ranked first in the Big Ten with 11.55 swipes per conference outing. The Buckeyes are led by frosh Kim Wilburn, who average a league-leading 3.82 steals per Big Ten game, almost one better than the second-ranked player.

Additionally, the Buckeyes had an even steals performance against the Badgers. Eight Ohio State players contributed to the 14-steals performance vs. the Badgers, who earned only four steals in Value City Arena Feb. 9.

WILBURN SHOWING HER OFFENSIVE SIDE
Making a name for herself in the steals category this season, freshman Kim Wilburn is now showing her offensive side. The Southfield, Mich., native went 8-for 10 and upped her career-high mark for points with 18 against No. 15/16 Minnesota Feb. 6. Her previous best offensive performance was 15 points against Illinois Jan. 23 off a 7-for-11 night from the field. The rookie Buckeye point guard is averaging 6.1 points per game.

FIRST TREY FOR THE ROOKIE
Three of freshman Kim Wilburn’s career-best 18 points against No. 15/16 Minnesota Feb. 6 came at the buzzer before the half when she nailed her first 3-pointer while wearing the Scarlet and Gray. Her trey brought the Buckeyes to within four points at the midway mark and Ohio State eventually captured the victory over the Gophers 66-58.

ALLEN STOLE MINNESOTA’S THUNDER
Sophomore Ashley Allen earned a career-best five steals in the Buckeyes’ 66-58 victory over No. 15/16 Minnesota Feb. 6. Allen’s previous high was three swipes, which she had earned three different times, including the last time against Austin Peay in Value City Arena Dec. 29, 2002.

BUSINESS BENEATH THE BUCKET
Ohio State’s +4.5 rebounding margin is ranked third in the league. Michigan State, who holds a +9.6 average over its opponents, holds the top spot among conference squads. Notably, the Buckeyes outrebounded the Spartans in their first contest of the season against MSU, 32-22, Jan. 9 in Value City Arena.

ALLEN ASSISTING
In conference games, sophomore Ashley Allen ranks second with a 1.71assist-to-turnover ratio. Allen has racked up 89 total assists in 22 games this season compared to her freshman campaign, when she earned 53 total assists in 29 contests.

DOWNTOWN, A BUCKEYE’S PARADISE
Ohio State is shooting .417 (115-276) from behind the 3-point line this season. The percentage ranks second among Big Ten schools. Sophomore Caity Matter, who is ranked fifth with 15.9 points per game, is largely responsible for the Buckeyes’ hot hand from downtown. She leads the league in treys made per game (3.36) and shooting percentage from behind the arc (.484 – 74-153). Additionally, in conference games, Matter is one of two players that hits over half of the 3-pointers she attempts. Matter is ranked second in conference contests, with a .524 (44-84) shooting average from 3-point territory.

Matter’s contributions are not too surprising considering she currently holds the top spot in 3-point percentage among the Buckeye career record books with an overall .455 (92-202) stroke.

TRADING IN TURNOVER TROUBLES
Ohio State, who began with a bit of a struggle in the turnover category, has traded in their turnover woes for a second-place turnover margin ranking in the conference games with a +4.00 mark. The Buckeye are averaging 16.2 turnovers an outing and forcing Big Ten teams to give up the ball 20.2 times per contest.

CHRISTENSON CONTRIBUTING
Junior Erika Christenson had a career afternoon vs. Wisconsin Feb. 9 with four points and three rebounds in 16 minutes of play.

Christenson also contributed solid minutes at No. 9/10 Purdue and recorded one blocked shot, two points (2-for-2 from free-throw line) and two rebounds in nine minutes of play vs. the Boilermakers.

Against No. 15/16 Minnesota, Christenson played 10 minutes and grabbed two boards.

SWATTING STUFF NOT JUST FOR THE FORWARDS
While junior LaToya Turner averages 1.57 rejected shots an outing, which ranks third among Big Ten leaders, and senior D’wan Shackleford has 13 blocked shots on the season, the smaller Buckeyes are stepping up to swat stuff as well. Sophomore Ashley Allen, who stands at five-feet-nine-inches tall, has recorded a blocked shots in six games this season and 5-6 freshman Kim Wilburn has five blocked shots to her name as a Buckeye. Sophomore Caity Matter earned her first career blocked shot against the Badgers Feb. 9.

PROVING HER POINT
Freshman Kim Wilburn has proven she belongs at the point of the Ohio State offense with a 1.58 assist-to-turnover ratio in 22 games, including 17 starts, for the Buckeyes. Her ratio is ranked fourth among league leaders.

MATTER NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Caity Matter earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her performances at Wisconsin (Jan. 16) and at Northwestern (Jan. 19). Matter was a combined 12-for-21 (.571) from behind the 3-point line, averaged 25.0 points, 5.5 boards and had only one turnover in a total 63 minutes of play. Matter’s award marked the first time since Nov. 20, 2000, that an Ohio State player was named Big Ten Player of the Week when teammate LaToya Turner earned the honor as a freshman.

SCHEDULE STATS & SUCH
Some notes about the Buckeye’s 17-5 start:

The Buckeyes’ 17-5 start is the best since the 1992-93 season,when Ohio State went 19-3 in the first 22 games of the year. Sincethe NCAA began keeping statistics during the 1981-82 season, JimFoster’s 17-5 record is the best start for a first-year head coachsince Nancy Darsch went 17-5 in 1985-86 in her first 21 gamesduring her first season at the helm of the Buckeye program. TheBuckeyes’ 8-3 Big Ten record is the best conference beginning foran Ohio State team since the 1998-99 season when the team was also8-3 11 games into the Big Ten portion of their schedule. The lasttime an Ohio State team was 12-0 at home was during the 1992-93season.

THREE-AND-TWO VS. TOP 25 SQUADS
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 3-2 vs. ranked teams this season. Ohio State beat No. 15/16 Minnesota, 66-58, (Feb. 6), captured a win over then-No. 17/18 Texas, 70-66, Jan. 5 in St. John Arena, and was victorious over then-No. 19/24 Arizona (84-65) Dec. 15 in Value City Arena. The squad fell at No. 14/15 Penn State Jan. 30 (68-53) and at No. 9/10 Purdue (67-62) Feb. 2.

REYNOLDS FINE AT THE LINE
Senior DiDi Reynolds is an impressive 24-25 from the free-throw line this season.

The Bascom, Ohio, native has steadily improved over her four years. As a freshman, the shooting guard shot .688 (11-16), her second season she was .765 (26-34) from the charity stripe and last year, she was .841 (37-44) from the line.

ANOTHER TO WATCH AT THE STRIPE
In addition to DiDi Reynolds, sophomore Caity Matter is also a nearly flawless 33-36 on the year from the charity stripe. Her freshman year (2000-01), the Bluffton, Ohio, native was 22-for-25 from the line and ended the year with eight consecutive makes from the line, which extended her total consecutive free-throws made to 31 until she missed the last free throw she took against Michigan State Jan. 9.

Matter missed a stretch of 16 games her freshman campaign due to injury and came back to help the Buckeyes capture the 2001 WNIT Championship. She redshirted last season after she fractured her third metatarsal during a Nov. 11 practice.

FIVE IS A FIRST
In the 82-74 victory over Illinois Jan. 23, Ohio State relied on the even scoring force of five Buckeyes notching double-figures for the first time this season. Senior Courtney Coleman, sophomore Caity Matter, freshman Kim Wilburn, sophomore Ashley Allen and junior LaToya Turner scored 18, 16, 15, 10 and 10 points, respectively.

STINT OF PERFECTION
In two consecutive games at Northwestern (Jan. 16) and vs. Illinois (Jan. 23), senior forward Courtney Coleman did not miss a field goal. She was 5-for-5 in Evanston and 7-for-7 against the Illini.

ALL EYES ON THE BUCKS
Ohio State’s attendance of 6,389 against Iowa in Value City Arena Jan. 26 shattered the season-high mark for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is averaging 3,154 people at all games, 3,179 in Columbus and 3,454 on the road.

SOPHOMORE RECORD ALL MATTER’S
Sophomore Caity Matter, who has a total of 74 3-pointers 22 games into her sophomore season, has earned the record for the most 3-pointers drained by a sophomore in Ohio State history. Former teammate Lauren Shenk held the previous record with 51 shots hit beyond the arc during her sophomore campaign in 1999-00.

MATTER TIES SCHOOL RECORD FROM BEHIND THE ARC
Sophomore Caity Matter was unstoppable behind the 3-point line at Wisconsin. She scored 27 points and nailed seven treys. Seven makes from downtown ties the school single-game record, which is held by former All-American Katie Smith.

SERIES HISTORY
Two times this season the Buckeyes have accomplished something that no member of the team had ever experienced before. The team’s road win at Wisconsin (57-42) Jan. 16 and the 82-74 victory over Illinois Jan. 23 was a first for this set of Buckeyes. No member of the current Ohio State team had previously earned a victory in Madison or a victory over Illinois – home or away.

ONLY 39 GAMES UNDER HER BELT
Sophomore Caity Matter has made her way into Ohio State history in only 39 games wearing Scarlet and Gray. During the 2000-01 season, Matter was a starter until an injury caused her to miss a stretch of 16 games. She averaged 6.4 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field, 37 percent from three-point range and 88 percent from the free-throw line.

After fracturing her third metatarsal in her left foot during practice Nov. 11, 2001, Matter was granted a medical redshirt for the 2001-02 season.

SENIORS COMING OFF BENCH AND MAKING BIG IMPACT
Seniors DiDi Reynolds and D’wan Shackleford are coming off the bench for the Buckeyes this season and the two veterans are combining for 13.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

SHENK NAMED 2003 WOODY HAYES NATIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Lauren Shenk, a former women’s basketball player at Ohio State, has been named the 2003 Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award recipient by The University & Northwest Sertoma Club of Columbus. The Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award is given to the outstanding man and woman in each of the three collegiate divisions for demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics and community service. Shenk, a standout on the Ohio State squad from 1999-02, is the first women from Ohio State to win the award. Previous Buckeye award winners are football players Robert Hoying (1996) and Greg Smith (1993).

Shenk became the 20th member of the Ohio State 1,000-point scoring club with a 16-point effort against the University of Michigan Jan. 10, 2002. Shenk, who began studies last autumn at the OSU College of Medicine, was a 2002 Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist, a two-time Verizon/CoSIDA Women’s Basketball District IV Academic All-American, a GTE/CoSIDA Women’s Basketball District IV Academic All-American, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete.

EUROPEAN TOUR
The Buckeyes were 5-0 against French and Swiss opponents during their 12-day tour through Europe. While abroad, the Buckeyes held a 28-point scoring margin of victory, averaged 74.4 points per game and held opponents to 45.8 points per contest on their way to an undefeated record overseas.

Courtney Coleman and LaToya Turner paced the Buckeyes abroad with an average of 15.6 and 14.6 points an outing, respectively. Sophomore Ashley Allen showed her versatility by running the point, dishing out assists and averaging 8.6 points per game, including a 16-point effort against Martigny (Switzerland). Allen also earned five assists, four steals and two rebounds in the Martigny victory.

OH CAPTAIN, OUR CAPTAIN
Senior Courtney Coleman was named the captain for the Ohio State women’s basketball team this season. The senior forward has made her mark on the Ohio State record books and is leading the nation in field-goal percentage.

COLEMAN NAMED TO COLORADO ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Senior Courtney Coleman was named to the Coors Classic all-tournament team. Coleman was solid offensively for Jim Foster’s Buckeyes by scoring 17 and 18 points against Villanova (Nov. 29) and Hartford (Nov. 30), respectively. The two-time second team all-Big Ten selection shot 16-for-18 from the field, was 3-for-4 from the free-throw line and collected 10 rebounds over the two nights. This was Coleman’s fourth time in as many events to be named to the all-tournament team. Coleman was a member of the Great Alaska Shootout, WNIT and Women’s Sports Foundation Classic all-tournament teams.

HAYNAM PULLING DOUBLE SHIFTS
Junior Emily Haynam became a two-sport athlete when she joined the OSU soccer team as a goalkeeper last spring. Haynam was successful on the soccer field and garnered Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her shutout performances at Wisconsin (Oct. 18) and at Minnesota (Oct. 20). The Buckeye soccer team was defeated by Notre Dame, 3-1, in the first round of the program’s inaugural trip to the NCAA Tournament and went 10-11-1 for the season. Ohio State was 6-3 with Haynam in goal.

CREWS OUT INDEFINITELY
Unfortunately, the European trip came at a cost as sophomore Charisse Crews suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in her right knee while competing abroad with the Buckeyes during their trip through Europe. Crews went down Aug. 30 in Montreux, Switzerland, against Martigny (OSU’s third game of the trip) during the third quarter after scoring seven points that night. Crews underwent surgery in September and is out indefinitely.

BACK IN ACTION
Three Buckeye players return to the hardwood after being granted medical redshirts for the 2001-02 season – junior LaToya Turner, sophomore Caity Matter and freshman Brandee Gibbs. Additionally, junior Tanya McClure was granted a medical redshirt for the 2000-01 season and was injured the majority of the 2001-02 season.