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Ohio State looks to build from solid home showing

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a confidence-building performance in St. John Arena last Saturday, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team opens its five-meet road swing at Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Friday in Fitzgerald Field House. The Buckeyes own a 17-4 series record vs. the Panthers, including a 4-1 ledger in the last five meetings.

FOLLOW IT LIVE
Live streaming and live scoring for Ohio State’s road contest vs. Pittsburgh can be found on the women’s gymnastics’ schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or at PittsburghPanthers.com.

IN THE RANKINGS
Scoring a season-high 9.875 on vault vs. Oregon State, senior captain Hillary Dow owns the fifth-best mark in the Central Region and is tied for 12th nationally.

Also in the rankings, sophomore Nicole Krauter is leading the way for the Buckeyes on beam, tallying a 9.825 on the event to tie for fourth in the Central Region and 17th in the NCAA. Junior Rebecca Best joins Krauter in the regional standings, tying for seventh on beam with a 9.800.

On floor, sophomore Taylor Jones and freshman Colleen Dean are tied for sixth in the regional rankings with a 9.800.

LAST TIME OUT
Working the home crowd of 831 with an Ohio State themed floor routine, senior captain Hillary Dow notched a 38.700 all-around score to finish third while pacing the Buckeyes who concluded the evening with a 193.050 last Saturday in St. John Arena. Oregon State, ranked fifth in the nation, earned its fourth win of the season after tallying a 196.125.

THE PITTSBURGH PANTHERS
In its season opener last Saturday, Pittsburgh’s Alicia Talucci won the all-around with a 38.750 while the Panthers finished third with a score 190.550 in a home tri-meet against Kent State and West Virginia. The Mountaineers scored a 192.425 and the Golden Flashes recorded a 190.625 for second.

Talucci, the 2009 EAGL Freshman of the Year, and senior Dani Bryan return in 2010 after qualifying for the NCAA a season ago.

The Panthers are led by Debbie Yohman who is in her 24th season as Pitt’s head coach. Under Yohman, Pittsburgh has made 18 appearances at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships.

ALL-TIME SERIES
Ohio State leads the all-time series record vs. Pittsburgh, 17-4, and are 4-1 under the direction of Buckeye head coach Carey Fagan.

The Buckeyes and Panthers last met in 2008 in St. John Arena where Ohio State earned a 194.250-192.750 victory.

CHECK IT OUT
Read a story from Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern about returning All-American Rebecca Best, as well as a Q&A with the junior on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

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 their 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 next open Big Ten action at Michigan State (Jan. 30) and continue at Iowa (Feb. 6). 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.