Feb 2, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 23 Ohio State women’s basketball team (15-5; 6-3 Big Ten) lost to No. 9/10 Purdue (18-3; 7-2 Big Ten), 67-62, today at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes were led by sophomore Caity Matter, who scored 22 points (7-12) and was 5-for-5 from behind the 3-point line in the first half. Senior Courtney Coleman tallied 15 points (7-9) and freshman Kim Wilburn distributed a career-best 11 assists and had only two turnovers vs. the Boilermakers.
Buckeye senior DiDi Reynolds nailed a 3-pointer with 47 seconds to go and pulled her squad to within two points (64-62) of the Boilermakers, but with 23 ticks left on the clock Purdue’s Shereka Wright, who led her team with 21 points (four in the first half) and a perfect 11-for-11 stroke from the line, created a three-point play with a field goal under the basket and a subsequent free throw to seal the victory.
The Buckeyes went into halftime with a one-point advantage (34-33) and opened the second half with Coleman hitting two consecutive shots to put Ohio State ahead 38-33. The Boilermakers went on a 14-3 run to take a six-point lead (47-41) with 15:06 to play. Purdue maintained a modest advantage until Matter nailed one of her six total treys at the 6:18 mark and knotted the game for the eighth time at 55. Sophomore Ashley Allen sent Ohio State up by two on the next Buckeye possession with a baseline jumper, but Wright answered to tie the game for the ninth and final time with 4:42 left.
After two Coleman misses from the charity stripe, Purdue’s Erika Valek hit a 3-pointer to take a 60-57 lead. Coleman responded with a field goal to bring the Buckeyes to within one point for the 11th time before Valek answered yet again with a jumper and Wright made two free throws prior to Reynolds’ trey at the 47-second mark. In a tight contest during the first ten minutes, Purdue led by as many as six points (14-8) after a Lindsey Hicks basket. The Buckeyes would not back down and answered with a 17-7 run capped by an Allen layup, which put Ohio State ahead of their hosts 25-21. While Purdue whittled the Buckeye lead away over the next five minutes of play and went up by two (29-28) after a pair of Valek free throws, Matter and Coleman combined for seven points and kept the Buckeyes up by one going into the locker room.
Ohio State shot 47.1 (24-51) percent from the field compared to Purdue’s 39.6 (21-53) percent. However, the Boilermakers were a nearly flawless 19-of-20 (.950) from the free-throw line, while Ohio State went 6-of-14 from the stripe (.429).
Junior LaToya Turner added nine points, Reynolds scored six, Allen netted four points and junior Erika Christenson, senior D’wan Shackleford and Wilburn each added two points to round out the Buckeye offensive effort. Allen grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and Coleman earned four steals.
Ohio State plays host to No. 14/15 Minnesota at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Value City Arena.