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Feb. 12, 2004

Recap| Box Score| Notes

Ohio State head coach Jim Foster
On the first half
“I thought we were very aggressive in the first half. We always knew where (Lindsay) Whalen was and we made (Janel) McCarville work hard. I believe they are two of the most entertaining and talented players in the nation.”

On improving play
“It was important for us to play better tonight. We have become a better team in the past five games. Our team has maturity and is growing and as a result, good things are happening. We are doing the things you need to do to win.”

Ohio State junior guard Caity Matter
On her career-high 28 points
“My teammates got me the ball and I took good shots. I was smart with my shot selection and they went in. There was intensity on the floor tonight.”

Ohio State senior center LaToya Turner
On Caity Matter’s career-high 28 points
“She came ready to play. She came focused and she did what she needed to do to help us win the game.”

Ohio State sophomore guard Kim Wilburn
On the game tonight
“I think everybody came focused. I have to step up to be a point guard and do the things that need to be done. Everyone took a step up to be successful tonight. This was a good game. We showed a lot of maturity and growth against Minnesota.”

Minnesota head coach Pam Borton
On the game
“We didn’t show up in the first half. We got off to a slow start. (Ohio State) fed off our turnovers, which resulted in some fast-break points for them. It was like a flurry that was going on and on. We didn’t dig out of it until the second half. “We had to stop the bleeding. We wanted to stop the clock and regroup everybody. We had to take care of the basketball and execute. They would come down the court, pull up and just hit everything. They started strong against Penn State and they came ready to play tonight.”

Minnesota junior center Janel McCarville
On Ohio State’s LaToya Turner and Jessica Davenport
“They are two big girls who play good defense and don’t foul. They keep you in front of them.”

On the first half
“We needed to get back in the game. We traded baskets for a while, but they got some steals and launched points. That really deflated our team and they did it to us easily.”

Minnesota sophomore guard Shannon Schonrock
On teammate Lindsay Whalen missing the second half
“It was obviously different. She usually plays 36 to 38 minutes for us. It was a tough game and that wasn’t what we were thinking about. We had to each step up individually and get it as close as we could. We had to make a run at them.”