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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With one road victory in hand, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team looks to keep its momentum going as it faces Michigan State at 1 p.m. Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., for the second of five-consecutive road meets.

The Buckeyes (1-2) scored a 194.200 to defeat Pittsburgh (192.250) on the road last weekend after falling to Top 10 opponents in Oregon State and Missouri earlier in the month.

FOLLOW IT LIVE
Live scoring for Ohio State’s road contest vs. Michigan State can be found on the women’s gymnastics’ schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or at MSUSpartans.com.

IN THE RANKINGS
On vault, senior Hillary Dow and sophomore Nicole Krauter are tied for eighth in the Big Ten and 14th in the NCAA Central Region rankings with a 9.800 average. Krauter earns her highest spot in the rankings on balance beam with a 9.787 mean for seventh in the conference while junior Rebecca Best is 11th with a 9.750.

Freshman Colleen Dean, who has been a standout for Ohio State on floor, ranks sixth in the Big Ten and Central Region with a 9.812 average while sophomore Taylor Jones is 10th in the conference and 14th regionally (9.787). With a 38.737, Dow leads the squad in the all-around and is currently seventh in the Big Ten.

THE MICHIGAN SPARTANS
Michigan State (5-2; 1-2 Big Ten) is currently ranked 22nd in the nation. The Spartans jumped ahead this season with sweeping wins at a quad and tri-meet before hitting a skid with back-to-back dual losses to Michigan and Minnesota on the road.

On the year, MSU is averaging a 193.862 team total while Ohio State is averaging a 193.625.  

ALL-TIME SERIES
Michigan State holds a 27-18 lead in the all-time series record vs. Ohio State. Under head coach Carey Fagan, the Buckeyes are 1-3 against MSU but have been close challengers of the Spartans, falling by slim margins in two of the three dual losses. Ohio State last defeated Michigan State Jan. 27, 2007 as the squad won a tri-meet with a score of 194.850. MSU had a 194.425 for second and UIC finished third with a 190.125.

A year ago the Spartans scored a 194.500 to top the Buckeyes’ 193.825 in St. John Arena Jan. 31.

BUCKEYES GO PINK
For the Ohio State women’s basketball and gymnastics team, Feb. 21 will be focused on breast cancer awareness. As the women’s gymnastics team takes on UIC in St. John Arena, the Buckeyes will get in the spirit by donning pink instead of its normal scarlet.

Join the Buckeyes in the fight against breast cancer by attending the meet and wearing pink. Admission to Ohio State home meets in St. John Arena is free of charge during the regular season.

POSTSEASON IN COLUMBUS!
The Scarlet and Gray are thrilled to bring the 2010 Big Ten Conference Championships to St. John Arena for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Head coach Carey Fagan is excited to host the league meet March 27 after hosting the NCAA regional championships last year.

“The regional championship was a great dress rehearsal for hosting the 2010 Big Ten Championships in Columbus,” Fagan said. “The conference championships are a big deal so I think it will attract even more attention than the regional championship did a season ago so the atmosphere will be electric.”

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UP NEXT
The Buckeyes continue their Big Ten schedule vs. Iowa (Feb. 6) in Iowa City, Iowa. Stepping back into nonconference action, the Scarlet and Gray then travel to West Virginia (Feb. 13) and Kentucky (Feb. 19) before returning to Columbus Feb. 21 to host UIC in St. John Arena.