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Oct. 14, 2005

Quotes from Ohio State women’s basketball media day …

Kim Wilburn, Senior Guard
On the talent and depth on the Ohio State roster this season
“This team has really good talent physically — the mental element is what we need to work on. Personally, I want to improve on being a leader and being more consistent.”

Jessica Davenport, Junior Center
On Ohio State’s style of play this season
“This year, we have the same principles — to be quick and athletic. We will look to have a lot of penetration (by our guards). I think I still might be double- and triple-teamed, but I think as I find open players it (the court) will open up.”

Marscilla Packer, Sophomore Guard
On what to expect in the 2004-05 season
“We can’t look at the (high) ranking too much. Our coaches put emphasis on the need to take care of business on the court. Last year, we brought Ohio State women’s basketball up to another level and now we need to keep our heads straight and get off to the right start.”

Debbie Merrill, Senior Center/Forward
On the chance to play after sitting out last season as a transfer student-athlete
“I can’t wait to play with someone so talented like Jessica (Davenport). I don’t care if I play one minute or 40 minutes — I just want to be a part of it. (Playing for Ohio State) is a different mind-set because the team goals are different and the greater media coverage changes things.”

Ashley Allen, Senior Guard
On making up for the loss of players from the team last year
“Our style of play will change. Debbie’s (Merrill) toughness will help. It takes work to win a national championship and in my fifth-year, I want to be a good leader.”