Feb. 6, 2003
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The No. 25 Ohio State women’s basketball team (16-5, 7-3 Big Ten) upset No. 15/16 Minnesota (16-4, 5-4 Big Ten), 66-58, tonight in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes used a late scoring run to capture the win over the Gophers and moved to 16-5 overall, 7-3 in Big Ten play and a perfect 11-0 home record. Their home mark is the best for a Buckeye squad since the 1992-93 team went 16-0 in St. John Arena. Senior forward Courtney Coleman and freshman point guard Kim Wilburn each added 18 points and sophomore guard Caity Matter added 14 scores to lead the Buckeyes.
With 12:36 to go in the game, Coleman hit a layup for the fourth tie of the game at 39. While no player scored for nearly two-and-a-half minutes, the Buckeyes began inching their way past the Gophers and eventually went on a 22-6 scoring run to cap their biggest lead of the night at 16 points after a Matter layup. Coleman scored eight points and Matter tallied five during the Buckeyes’ decisive scoring sequence to close the contest.
Neither the Buckeyes nor the Gophers took complete control of the first half as there were two ties and four lead changes in the initial 20 minutes. The Buckeyes found themselves up by four points (10-6) after a Matter 3-pointer three minutes into the contest, but Minnesota answered with a 13-4 run behind Janel McCarville, who racked up nine boards and nine points in the first half. The Gophers entered halftime with a four point-lead after Ohio State’s Wilburn drained her first 3-pointer while wearing Scarlet and Gray at the buzzer. The Southfield, Mich., native had 12 points in the first half.
Coleman, who is leading the nation in field-goal percentage, was 7-of-8 tonight and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Wilburn’s career-best 18 points came of an 8-for-10 stroke from the field and she also added seven assists. Matter, who was leading the Big Ten with 3-pointer made per game entering tonight’s matchup, hit her final two treys at opportune times for the Buckeyes. She pulled her squad to within three points with 17:13 left and eventually sent Ohio State up by 10, which was the first double-digit lead of the game for either team, with 3:55 left on the game clock.
Sophomore Ashley Allen and junior LaToya Turner added seven points apiece. Allen swiped a career-high five steals tonight.
Minnesota’s Lindsey Whalen, who was ranked second in the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game, was held to two points in the first half and five tallies overall. McCarville earned her 11th career double-double with 15 points and 12 caroms. Corrin Von Wald scored 12 points and Shannon Schonrock added nine points for Minnesota.
Up next for the Buckeyes is a home contest against Wisconsin 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in Value City Arena. Ohio State beat the Badgers, 57-42, earlier this season (Jan .16) in Madison.