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Buckeye senior forward featured in Official Game Day Magazine

Q-A with Star Allen 

Columbus native and senior Star Allen has endured her ups and downs during her collegiate career at Ohio State

Columbus native and senior Star Allen has endured her ups and downs during her collegiate career at Ohio State. From winning three Big Ten titles in her time, to earning second team All-Big Ten honors in 2007 and having to sit out a part of last season, the former Columbus Dispatch Agonis Player of the Year from nearby Independence High School hopes to do her part to lead the Buckeyes to their fifth-straight Big Ten title and make her final season in Columbus one for the ages.

Q: Having grown up in Columbus, what is it like playing for Ohio State and was it a goal of yours to play here?
A: “To be honest, I never really thought about it growing up. Now that I am here, it is great being close to home and playing in front of friends and family and my mom likes being able to say that her daughter plays basketball for Ohio State.”

Q: You run the floor really well for a forward.  Do you think that takes some of your opponents by surprise?
A: “Definitely. I think a lot of teams expect me to be a typical post player who stays in the paint, but I like to get up and down the floor and push the ball. Sometimes I can use that to
my advantage.”

Q: What is one part of women’s basketball you feel is stronger than in the men’s game?
A: “Our execution. We rely more on fundamentals and being able to run sets. It is harder to hide weak parts of your game in the women’s game than it is in the men’s game.”
 
Q: Who is the toughest player to defend against in the Big Ten?
A: “I would say Lindsay Wysdom-Hylton (from Purdue) because she is so versatile and gives 100 percent on every play. Even though she didn’t play last year, I know she’ll be back to her old self again this season.”

Q: If you weren’t playing basketball, what do you think you would be doing?
A: “Probably playing volleyball. I played during high school (she was an all-city player and team MVP in high school) and really enjoyed it, but basketball has always been my calling.”

Q: Is there a particular person who has had a big impact on your life?
A: “My mom definitely has. She comes to all of my games and is always there to support me no matter what. I don’t know what I’d do without her.”

Q: What is the best kept secret on campus?
A: “The Younkin Success Center on Neil Avenue.  I don’t think that many people know that I go there, but it is a great place to go to get your mind off of basketball and focus on your
school work.”

Q: What is your favorite Ohio State tradition?
A: “I love the Mirror Lake jump. It is so fun to watch thousands of people jump into freezing water. I won’t ever do it, though.”

Q: If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
A: “That’s tough. I’d probably have to buy a new car and a house and then I would give some to my parents. I’m not sure what I would do with the rest, probably give some to charity and do some investing.”

Q: What is one thing most people do not know about Coach Foster?
A: “He’s actually a really funny guy-kind of a comedian. People get to see that sometimes in
interviews, but for the most part he has to keep a serious face during games.”