Jan. 11, 2001
Recap| Box Score| Notes
Ohio State head coach Beth Burns
“It’s safe to say I’m a winner tonight. I’m lucky to be with this group of players that I have. These guys played with all the heart and guts imaginable.
“Illinois is an athletic and aggressive team. They made it happen. They really got after us, forced errors and made it difficult to run our sets.
” I couldn’t have asked for more from our team and we got what we wanted from beginning, middle to end. I can’t ask for more than that.”
“We’re not concerned about fatigue. The big concern is fouls. All of our players are fit enough to play 40 minutes of basketball. It’s hard to execute with six.”
Illinois head coach Teresa Grentz
“It feels like I’m in the Twilight Zone. This is a terrific win for Illinois and for our young players. OSU played brilliantly. We need to give them credit. They came out, got the lead and played hard.”
On Ohio State’s limited roster
“When we go into a game, we have an idea about the tendencies and the personalities. I don’t care for these kinds of games. There’s so much emotion, you don’t know what the other team is going to do. Someone could come off the bench and have a wonderful game and win it.”