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Feb. 23, 2003

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Ohio State head coach Jim Foster
“We made our foul shots and guarded (Purdue) better and harder. We stayed tough and stepped up at the (free throw) line.”

“Players make plays. We had last shot opportunities at Michigan State and at Illinois. That is all you can ask for. Getting that shot is a big deal. We did what we had to do today. It was one our gutsiest performances all season.”

On containing Purdue
“Shack (D’wan Shackleford) did a very good job on (Shereka) Wright to limit her touches. Zero assists and seven turnovers is something you like to see. She is a very good player for a reason. Caity (Matter) did a terrific job on Beth Jones. Our players had a task and they completed it.”

Ohio State guard Caity Matter
On Shereka Wright’s missed free throw
“I really didn’t have any thoughts about it. Anytime a shooter takes a shot, there is a chance she is going to miss it.”

On what the significance of the win over Purdue today
“This win means a lot. It is always good to get a win at home. We played hard today.”

Ohio State forward DiDi Reynolds
On her four offensive boards today
“We always go after the offensive rebounds and they seemed to fall in the right spots. Out defense did some big things for us.”

On her two free throws with 18 seconds left in the game
“I didn’t realize we were only up one until after I made them both and saw we were up by three. They weren’t the prettiest things I have ever shot.” Ohio State center LaToya Turner
On returning to the game after suffering a broken arm vs. Minnesota Feb. 6
“I wasn’t surprised (I was ready to play). I knew it was a matter of getting healthy. If I am healthy, I might as well play. I don’t have any pain and it feels good. I knew the time would come.”

Purdue head coach Kristy Curry
“Ohio State had 13 first-half points off turnovers and 21 for the game-that’s the difference in the game. We had a chance at the end, but this team is so poor at execution in those situations. Until they learn to execute, they’re never going to pull these kind of games out.”

On controlling the game tempo
“It’s easy when you’re at home, but on the road we can’t control the tempo. We didn’t do a good job taking care of the basketball in the second half. This team has to understand that it starts with them. I can’t make them do anything they don’t want to do.”

On Ohio State sophomore guard Caity Matter
“Caity (Matter) did a good job of coming off screens and working hard for her shots. The 19 she scored here today were tougher than the 22 she scored at our place.”

Purdue forward Shereka Wright
On her missed free throw with 20 seconds left
“That last free throw just didn’t go for us, but that’s not what cost us the game. We kept giving them rebounds and second chance points-that’s what won them the game.

On Purdue’s 20 turnovers
“Turnovers cost us the game, too. We had 12 in the first half and 20 for the game. Twenty turnovers is way too many, especially when you’re playing at Ohio State.”

“We’re still playing for something. Are we going to be first in the Big 10? Probably not, but we’re still playing for a good seed in the Big 10 tournament.”

On her second- half scoring performance
“It was just me getting aggressive. They had a box-and-one on me in the first half and I just couldn’t go the entire game just touching the ball a few times like I did in the first half.

Purdue forward Emily Heikes
On Purdue’s rebounding
“We weren’t boxing out at all and they took advantage of it. That’s a major part of the game.”