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Jan. 14, 2001

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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State forward Courtney Coleman (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) and guard Jamie Lewis (Sr., Oak Hill, Ohio) created an inside-outside scoring force that produced 43 points and steered the Buckeyes to a 76-68 road win over Michigan Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Buckeyes improve to 12-4 on the year and 2-4 in Big Ten play. Michigan drops to 9-7, 2-4.%^$

%^$Coleman paced all scorers with 23 points, shooting 81 percent from the floor (9-of-11 FGs), and eclipsed her previous scoring high of 22 points against Illinois Thursday night. Lewis and guard Tomeka Brown, both combating flu-like symptoms, turned in solid performances as well. Lewis, playing 40 minutes without a turnover, had 20 points and added eight assists. Brown finished with 13 points and guard Lauren Shenk with 10.%^$

%^$Ohio State trailed by two at halftime (38-36) and 53-49 with 12:07 remaining in the game when Lewis got hot. The point guard and co-captain scored nine points, including two triples, in a 10-2 rally, that led to a 60-55 lead for OSU with a little more than seven minutes to play. The Buckeyes never trailed again but Michigan stayed within striking distance, pulling within four (67-63) with 4:24 to go. Back-to-back baskets by Brown and forward D’wan Shackleford (So., Newark, Ohio) aided the Buckeyes in a 7-1 run and owning a 10-point cushion, 74-64, with 32 seconds left.%^$

%^$Ohio State tied its season low for turnovers with 10 and converted 20 Michigan turnovers into 22 Buckeye points.%^$

%^$Michigan won the battle inside, out-rebounding Ohio State 38-22. Center LeeAnn Bies scored 18 points and forward Raina Goodlow collected 12 rebounds for the Wolverines.%^$

%^$The Ohio State roster, depleted to six Thursday night vs. Illinois, was rejuvenated by the additions of six-foot-one-inch soccer goalkeeper, Amber Barnes (Sr., Fairfield, Ohio) and 6-2 volleyball middle blocker Dana Stearns (Sr., Bexley, Ohio).%^$

%^$The Buckeyes will enjoy a two-game series at home this week, hosting Iowa Wednesday at 7 p.m., and wrapping up its season series with Michigan, Sunday at 4 p.m. During halftime of the Michigan game, the jersey of Buckeye All-American Katie Smith (Logan, Ohio) will be retired. Both games will be televised live on ONN.