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Dec. 15, 2001%^$

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%^$Five Buckeyes posted double-figure scoring to steer Ohio State past Xavier, 96-68, in the consolation game of the Women’s Sports Foundation Classic tonight in Value City Arena. The victory caps a three-game losing streak and improves Ohio State’s record to 3-6 on the year.%^$

%^$OSU recorded its largest margin of victory this season and without the help of its No. 2 scorer and rebounder, forward DiDi Reynolds, who sustained an injury in shooting practice earlier in the day.%^$

%^$Every player on the roster scored led by forward Courtney Coleman (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Hughes) who posted a game high 21 points. Guard Ashley Allen (Fr., Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) scored a career-high 19 points and guard Lauren Shenk (Sr., Minster, Ohio/Minster), a season-high 18 and career best eight assists.%^$

%^$Forward D’wan Shackleford (Jr., Newark, Ohio/Newark) completed the game with 11 points and guard Tomeka Brown (Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Marion Franklin) totaled 10, her sixth straight game in double figures.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes, who have struggled offensively in first-half action, led from the tip, marking their first double-digit lead of the game, 25-15, off an Emily Haynam three-pointer with 9:01 remaining in the first half.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes shot better than 55 percent from the floor in the stanza led by Coleman, who was perfect, sinking 7-of-7 FGs. She led all players at the break with 15 points. Shenk’s play was also a key factor as she scored six points and distributed six assists to guide Ohio State to a 45-31 lead at half-time.%^$

%^$Ohio State, which established a Value City Arena record for assists with 30, topped Xavier 51-37 in the second half, shooting even better at 57.1 percent.%^$

%^$Forward Kate Kreager led the Musketeers with 21 points and 11 rebounds.%^$

%^$Ohio State, closing a three games over six days run, will play at Virginia Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.