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Feb. 22, 2004

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Attendance: 6,754 (Season-High) Under head coach Jim Foster,Ohio State is 26-3 in Columbus dating back to the beginning of the2002-03 season. Today’s attendance of 6,754 was a season-high markfor the Buckeyes in Columbus. Caity Matter had 25 points today. Shehas had nine 20+ games this season.

Matter has been the leading scorer for Ohio State 12 times this season, including five of the last six outings, and has led both teams in scoring eight times this year.

The Buckeyes shot .518 percent from the field today, markingthe 14th time in 24 games this season the squad has shot 50 percentof better. Ohio State has opened the last three games by outscoringopponents 35-5 the first five minutes. Today, they went up 13-3over the Fighting Illini. With the victory, Ohio State and Illinoishave split the 2003-04 series. The Buckeyes are 31-15 all-timeagainst the Fighting Illini and 15-4 in Columbus, including twoconsecutive wins in Columbus for head coach Jim Foster in ValueCity Arena. Prior to Foster’s appointment, Ohio State had notbeaten an Illinois squad at home since Jan. 8, 1999. JessicaDavenport scored 12 points vs. Illinois. It was the 11thconsecutive game she has scored double figures and the 18th gamethis season. LaToya Turner scored 19 points vs. Illinois. She hasscored double figures in 19-of-21 this season, including the last14 consecutive outings. The Buckeyes carried a 34-25 into thelocker room tonight and are 16-0 this season when leading at thehalf. Today’s win over Illinois is the first game a Buckeye teamhas won when they lose the opening tip. It is only the fifth gamethis season in which Ohio State has lost the tip. The Buckeyes saidgoodbye to seniors Emily Haynam, Tanya McClure, LaToya Turner andsenior manager Michael Ball. Ohio State will take to the road toclose out the regular season when they face No. 11/12 Minnesota at8 p.m. EST Thursday in Minneapolis and Wisconsin at 8 p.m. ESTSunday in Madison, Wis.