Aug. 11, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head basketball coach Jim Foster and junior guard Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) were part of the USA Basketball Young Women’s National Team that went 7-1 and brought home a gold medal from the inaugural 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women. Foster led the 12-member team, which was chosen earlier in the summer during the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials. The event featured 12 national teams and was held July 25-Aug. 3 in Sibenik, Croatia.
The 12 teams were divided into two groups for preliminary round-robin competition, which determined the top four teams from each group. Those eight squads advanced to the medal quarterfinals. The USA team’s lone loss came in a preliminary round contest to Brazil (73-60), which was the same team Foster’s squad beat one week later (71-55) to capture the gold medal.
Foster has accumulated a 27-4 record while at the helm of USA Basketball teams and has been a part of five gold medal and one bronze medal winning coaching staffs. Foster is entering his second season as the leader of the Ohio State program. Last season, the Buckeyes went 22-10, finished tied for fourth place in the Big Ten, defended their home court with a perfect 14-0 mark in Columbus and made an NCAA appearance for the first time since 1999.
Matter averaged 5.6 points and 2.0 rebounds over the eight-game tournament. For Ohio State last season, Matter shot 45 percent (106-235) from behind the arc, averaged 3.3 treys made per game, which ranked second in the nation, and led the Buckeyes with 15.4 points per game. Currently the top 3-point shooter in Ohio State history with a .437 (124-for-284) stroke, she was a second team All-Big Ten selection by the media, a third team all-conference pick by the coaches and a member of the 2003 Big Ten All-Tournament team. For complete information on the USA Basketball Young Women’s National Team, please go to www.usabasketball.com.