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Dec. 29, 2002

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Austin Peay Head Coach Susie Gardner

On Ohio State’s defensive changes

“I learned today as a coach that I need to practice playing against the box-and-one defense a little more. I did not anticipate Ohio State going to the box-and-one and that caught us a bit off guard.”

On playing Ohio State as part of their non-conference schedule

“We play a tough non-conference schedule. We would like to think that it helps make us a better team and we try to take something good out of every game, regardless of the outcome.”

Austin Peay guard Brooke Armistead

On Ohio State’s defensive changes in the second half

“They went to a box-and-one defense in the second half and kept me from getting the ball. They did a great job as a team of stepping up and double-teaming me. It was tough getting any shots in the second half.”

Ohio State Head Coach Jim Foster

On going to the box-and-one defense to stop Austin Peay guard Brooke Armistead

“The fact (that changing to a box-and-one defense in the second half) surprised them makes the change effective. I have watched Armistead play for years and she has great ability and a great game. She can shoot the three and make off-balance shots. She penetrates very well. So, to let her touch the ball was something I did not want to see in the second half.”

On the play of Ohio State’s guards

“We took care of the ball well in the second half. That always helps when you want to win a game. We are starting to understand our offensive cuts better, which is leading us to take higher-percentage shots. Our guards played well today and made good reads.”

On Ohio State’s free throw shooting

“We talk about free throws and work on that aspect everyday. We make it like a game situation, which I think is the most effective thing. Foul shooting is all about routine.”

Ohio State guard Caity Matter

On her performance against Austin Peay

“The five days off helped me to get my legs back and that helped with my shot. I am a confident shooter and we were hitting the boards well underneath, so I was confident in every shot I took.”

Ohio State forward D’wan Shackleford

On Ohio State’s guard play vs. Austin Peay

“We were getting great looks and our guards were spotting up and getting good shots. They had to compensate on defense, which opened up the post. They had to play all five us of us, so someone out there was going to get good looks and score.”

Ohio State forward LaToya Turner

On her status health-wise

“I think I am back 100 percent. I just go out and not think about the injuries. Things have really improved, so I just go out a play as hard as I can.”