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Jan. 22, 2001

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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team dropped a 76-63 decision to Michigan Sunday in front of 10,392 fans at Value City Arena (VCA). The crowd, also on hand to witness the retiring of Buckeye Katie Smith’s number, is the second largest on record at VCA and the 10th-largest ever in OSU history.%^$

%^$The Wolverines (11-7, 4-4 Big Ten) won the game on the boards, holding a 40-29 rebounding advantage and enjoying 50 percent shooting from the floor.%^$

%^$Ohio State (13-5, 3-5 Big Ten) had four players in double figures. Courtney Coleman (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) had a team-high 17 points before fouling out in the final minutes and Lauren Shenk (Jr., Minster, Ohio) had 15. Tomeka Brown (Jr., Columbus, Ohio) finished with 12 points and D’wan Shackleford (So., Newark, Ohio), who also fouled out, added 10 points.%^$

%^$Michigan pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Buckeyes, 51-34 in the final 20 minutes to negate a 29-25 Buckeye lead at the half. Anne Thorius had 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and made all 12 of her free-throw attempts. LeeAnn Bies was held scoreless in the first half, but produced 19 points in the second half. Jennifer Smith had 14 points and Raina Goodlow added 11 for the Wolverines.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes return to action Super Bowl Sunday (Jan. 28), playing at Indiana in the Big Ten Conference Game of the Week on Fox Sports Net Chicago. Game time is 1 p.m. Eastern.