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Feb. 27, 2003

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The Ohio State women’s basketball team (19-8; 10-6 Big Ten) beat Michigan (12-14; 3-12 Big Ten), 70-55, tonight in St. John Arena. Led by sophomore Caity Matter, who scored 16 points, and senior classmates Courtney Coleman, DiDi Reynolds and freshman Kim Wilburn, who each added 13 scores, Ohio State used a 19-4 scoring run at the end of the first half to take control of the game. The matchup with the Wolverines gave the Buckeyes a perfect 14-0 record at home, which is only the eighth time in Ohio State history that a team has defended its home court all season. Tonight’s game honored departing seniors Coleman, Reynolds and D’wan Shackleford and commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the 1993 Final Four team.

After Michigan’s Stephanie Gandy hit a shot from 3-point land to send her squad up 25-23 with 5:14 left in the first half, the Buckeyes answered with a 19-4 scoring run to close the first stanza and Michigan never led again. After a Wilburn jumper, Reynolds and Matter nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch the lead to six points (31-25), which was the largest advantage since Ohio State was up 12-to-6 six-and-a-half minutes into the game. Reynolds hit another shot before, Wilburn, Coleman and Matter netted buckets to take a 10-point lead (39-29) with just over one minute left until halftime. Reynolds drained a shot from downtown with sixteen seconds left to send her squad into the locker room with a 13-point advantage (42-29). Michigan could not get any closer than 10 points in the second half and were held to a 38.3 (23-60) shooting average for the game. Ohio State made 57.1 (16-28) percent of their first-half shots and ended the night with a .481 (26-54) average from the field. The Buckeyes made eight of the 20 shots they took from outside the arc, primarily due to Reynolds and Matter who combined for a 7-of-19 effort from 3-point land. Matter’s four treys brought her total to 90 3-pointers on the season and marks the most shots made from beyond the 3-point line in a single season by a Buckeye.

Shackleford added eight points and five rebounds and junior LaToya Turner, who returned to action during the Buckeyes’ last game vs. Purdue after breaking her arm in the Feb. 6 Minnesota game, had a solid night with seven points, six boards, two blocks, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes of play.

Wilburn distributed seven assists and grabbed four rebounds; Coleman, who had three steals, and Reynolds pulled down five and three rebounds, respectively.

The Buckeyes will participate in the Big Ten Tournament next weekend at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.