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Feb. 1, 2003

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TIP OFF
No. 23 Ohio State (15-4; 6-2) tips off against No. 9/10 Purdue (17-3; 6-2) at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, in Mackey Arena (West Lafayette, Ind.). The two teams each have a 6-2 league mark and are tied for second place in the Big Ten rankings.

THE PURDUE SERIES
Sunday’s matchup marks the 43rd time the Buckeyes and the Boilermakers have met. While Ohio State holds a 26-17 advantage in the all-time record books, Purdue has dominated the series recently.

The Boilermakers lost the first 20 games they played against Ohio State from 1976 to 1990, however since then, they have won 17 of the last 26 contests, including the past four games in a row against Ohio State.

The Buckeyes have not won in West Lafayette since New Year’s Eve 1994, when Ohio State captured a 71-68 victory.

LAST TIME VS. PURDUE
The Ohio State women’s basketball team could not overcome the stifling defensive pressure of 10th-ranked Purdue and fell 80-43 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind., Jan. 13, 2002.

Courtney Coleman, seeing her first action since suffering a concussion Nov. 6 vs. Northwestern, led the Buckeyes with 14 points off the bench.

Ohio State had its worst shooting performance of the season, hitting just 15-of-54 field goal attempts for 27.8 percent. The Boilermakers shot 45.6 percent form the floor.

The Buckeyes kept pace early and trailed by six, 17-11, after a Charisse Crews three-pointer with 8:34 remaining in the first half. But the Boilermakers caught fire, as they went on a 21-3 run over the next 4:41 to build a commanding 38-14 lead with 3:14 to go. OSU got no closer than 21 points the rest of the way.

Purdue placed four players in double figures, led by Shereka Wright with 16 points. Kelly Komara had a solid all-around game with 15 points, six steals and six assists.

ABOUT NO. 9/10 PURDUE
No. 9/10 Purdue has established a 17-3 overall record and a 6-2 Big Ten mark this season. The Boilermakers opened the year with seven consecutive victories, including a win over then-No. 8 Vanderbilt, 73-66. They also earned wins over two other ranked squads when they beat then-No. 19 Boston College (70-54) Dec, 21 and then-No. 13 Penn State (73-66) Jan. 16. Their two Big Ten losses were at Michigan State (67-62) and at then-No. 12 Minnesota (90-75).

Shereka Wright leads four other Boilermakers who are averaging double-digits with an 18.8 point average. Erika Valek, Mary Jo Noon and Beth Jones are netting 13.6, 11.3 and 10.3 points an outing, respectively. Wright is also the leading rebounder with 6.6 boards a game.

NO. 23, AGAIN
Ohio State jumped back into the Associated Press Top 25 rankings this week at the No. 23 spot. Earlier this season, Ohio State debuted in the Top 25 at No. 23 for the first time since Jan. 25, 1999.

DANGEROUS COMBO
In 17-of-19 contests this season, Caity Matter or Courtney Coleman has been the leading scorer for the Buckeyes. The two are combining for 30.3 of Ohio State’s 72.3 average points tallied per game.

Not only is the duo the leading offensive force for Ohio State, but they both currently hold the top spots in Ohio State record books for field-goal and 3-point percentage. Coleman holds a career mark of .606 (529-873) from the field and Matter has earned a .446 (78-175) average from downtown.

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.

GUARD YOUR POCKETS SUNDAY
The battle between the Ohio State’s Kim Wilburn and Purdue’s Erika Valek should be a tough battle of quickness, speed and stealth. Wilburn, a freshman from Southfield, Mich., is leading the Big Ten with 3.21 steals per game and Valek ranks second with 3.20 steals per game.

Wilburn has earned 61 total steals 19 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.

Ohio State is ranked second in the Big Ten with 10.58 steals per game.

SCHEDULE STATS & SUCH
Some notes about the Buckeye’s 15-3 start:

The Buckeyes’ 15-4 start is the best since the 1992-93 season,when Ohio State went 16-3 in the first 19 games of the year. Sincethe NCAA began keeping statistics during the 1981-82 season, JimFoster’s 15-4 record is the best start for a first-year head coachsince Nancy Darsch went 15-4 in 1985-86 in her first 19 gamesduring her first season at the helm of the Buckeye program. TheBuckeyes’ 6-2 Big Ten record is the best conference beginning foran Ohio State team since the 1998-99 season when the team was also6-2 eight games into the Big Ten portion of their schedule. Thelast time an Ohio State team was 10-0 at home was during the1992-93 season.

TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF
Ohio State, who began with a bit of a struggle in the turnover category, has turned over a new leaf. The Buckeyes now rank third in the Big Ten turnover margin category with a +3.53 mark. The Buckeye are averaging 16.7 turnovers an outing and forcing 20.2 turnovers a game.

The Boilermakers are the top ranked squad among league leaders with a +4.55 turnover margin.

PERFECTION AT HOME
After a 74-59 victory over Iowa, the Buckeyes moved to 10-0 in Columbus for the first time since the 1992-93 season. Since Jim Foster and his staff took over the reigns of the Buckeye basketball program last spring, the squad has captured wins in Columbus over 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) and Iowa (74-59).

Additionally, Purdue is an undefeated 9-0 in Mackey Arena this season.

BACK ON TRACK
The Buckeyes have won 12 out of the last 14 games. Prior to their loss at No. 14/15 Penn State Thursday night (68-53), they had not fallen to a team since they faced Indiana in Bloomington Jan. 12 (54-50), which snapped an eight-game winning streak at the time for the Buckeyes.

NATION’S TOP SHOOTER
Senior Courtney Coleman’s .718 (117-163) field-goal percentage this season is leading the nation and the Big Ten conference. The 6-1 forward from Cincinnati also currently holds the top spot in Ohio State history with a .606 (529-873) career field-goal percentage.

SHACK STEPPIN’ UP
Senior D’wan Shackleford has been stepping up her play recently with solid performances the past three games against Penn State, Illinois and Iowa. She has averaged nine points and eight boards the last three times out for the Buckeyes.

“Shack” was the leading rebounder with 6 at Penn State, 10 vs. Illinois and 8 vs. Iowa.

Against Illinois, Shack was a key component to the Buckeye’s run at the end of the first half vs. Illinois, which sent Ohio State up 45-36 at the midway mark. In the final three minutes of the stanza, Shack earned two assists, three rebounds and used her athleticism to tip-in an offensive board.

Additionally, Shack’s defense was instrumental in the Buckeye’s 74-59 victory over the Hawkeyes.

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 DiDiReynolds, sophomore Caity Matter is also a nearly flawless 30-32 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.

15 FOR THE FROSH
Freshman Kim Wilburn scored a career-high 15 points against Illinois Jan. 23 off a 7-for-11 night from the field.

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 2,674 people at all games, 2,848 in Columbus and 2,675on the road.

AS A MATTER OF FACT
Sophomore Caity Matter is leading the Big Ten with 3.16 3-pointers drained per game. She is also ranked second for her shooting percentage from downtown with a .469 (60-128) stroke from beyond the arc.

SOPHOMORE RECORD ALL MATTER’S
Sophomore Caity Matter, who has a total of 58 3-pointers 18 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.

SHOOTER’S BLOCK
Junior LaToya Turner is ranked second in the Big Ten with 1.74 blocked shots an outing. Turner’s career mark of 106 rejected shots ranks fourth on the Buckeye record books.

TEAM SHOOTING ON TARGET
Currently, the Buckeyes are ranked second in the league with a .500 (522-1044) shooting average and a .382 (97-254) stroke from behind the arc. They are one of two teams that are draining at least half the shots they attempt from the field. Additionally, they are holding opponents to a league-leading 56.4 points per game. Big Ten competitors are only scoring 56.6 points an outing vs. the Buckeyes, a figure which also leads the league.

POSITIVE THINKING
Ohio State is one of four conference teams that owns a positive margin of victory. The Buckeyes possess a +14.9 margin of victory, which ranks second in the Big Ten.

BUSINESS BENEATH THE BUCKET
Ohio State’s +5.0 rebounding margin is ranked third in the league. Michigan State, who holds a staggering +10.9 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.

PROVING A POINT
Freshman Kim Wilburn has proven she belongs at the point of the Ohio State offense with a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio in 19 games, including 14 starts, for the Buckeyes. Her ratio is ranked fifth among league leaders.

ALLEN ALL ABOUT ASSISTS
In conference outings, sophomore Ashley Allen ranks second with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. Allen has racked up 77 total assists in 19 games this season compared to her freshman campaign, when she earned 53 total assists in 29 contests.

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.

IN THE BOOKS IN 36
It is hard to fathom, but sophomore Caity Matter has made her way into Ohio State history in only 36 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.

STEADY IMPROVEMENTS FROM THE LINE
Senior Courtney Coleman, who has struggled from the free-throw line this season is on a roll. In the last five games, she has been a combined 15-for 22 from the charity stripe. She was 2-for-4 at Penn State, 3-for-5 vs. Iowa, 4-for-5 vs. Illinois, 5-for-6 at Northwestern and 1-for-2 at Wisconsin.

TAKING DOWN TWO RANKED SQUADS
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 2-1 vs. ranked teams this season. Ohio State beat then-No. 17/18 Texas, 70-66, Jan. 5 in St. John Arena, were victorious over then-No. 19/24 Arizona (84-65) Dec. 15 in Value City Arena and fell to No. 14/15 Penn State Jan. 30 (68-53).

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 12.7 points and 7.5 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.

LAST TIME OUT
The No. 23 Ohio State women’s basketball team (15-4; 6-2 Big Ten) lost to No. 14/15 Penn State (17-5; 7-1 Big Ten), 68-53, Jan. 30 in Bryce Jordan Arena (University Park, Pa.). The Buckeyes were led by senior DiDi Reynolds, who scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in 19 minutes of action against the Lady Lions.

While Ohio State made a comeback in the second half by outscoring Penn State, 37-29, and rebounding from a 26 percent shooting effort in the first half to make 52 percent of the shots they took after halftime, Penn State established a 23-point lead in the first 20 minutes, which ultimately gave them the victory and the top spot in the Big Ten. The closest the Buckeyes would get to Penn State was 14 points when sophomore Caity Matter hit her second 3-pointer of the night with 1:45 remaining in the game.

Penn State dominated the first half and outscored the Buckeyes, 39-16, which is the lowest mark for an Ohio State team in the first 20 minutes this season. Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante and Jessica Brungo scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the Lady Lions into the locker room.

Matter, who remained scoreless until she hit a trey with 6:21 to go, and freshman Kim Wilburn each earned eight points, sophomore Ashley Allen and senior D’wan Shackleford each tallied seven points and senior Courtney Coleman scored six points. Wilburn also recorded a game-high six steals and Shackleford, who was the team’s leading rebounder, gathered six caroms.

Penn State was lead by Mazzante, who netted 26 points and broke the Penn State career 3-pointers made record with 231. Hazel Joseph and Brungo added 12 points apiece to the Lady Lion effort.