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April 15, 2002

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%^$%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio-Ohio State junior forward Courtney Coleman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Hughes) was named the 2001-02 Women’s Basketball Most Valuable Player at a team dinner April 11.%^$

%^$Coleman led the Buckeyes with 16.4 points and 7.8 rebounds while connecting on 61 percent of her field-goal attempts. The rebounding total earned her the award in that category as well.%^$The end-of-the-season dinner recognized several other student-athletes for their accomplishments and allowed parents and a small group of supporters the opportunity to meet new Buckeye women’s coach Jim Foster.%^$

%^$Charisse Crews, a freshman forward from Urbancrest, Ohio (Grove City), earned Most Improved Player honors.%^$

%^$D’Wan Shackleford (Jr., F, Newark, Ohio/Newark) and Tomeka Brown (Sr., G, Columbus, Ohio/Marion Franklin) shared the Best Defensive Player Award.%^$Senior Lauren Shenk (G, Minster, Ohio/Minster) earned the Phyllis J. Bailey Award, given annually for athletic achievement, academic responsibility, effort, enthusiasm and loyalty to the program. She also earned the Free Throw Champion Award (84-108/.778).%^$

%^$Amber Stokes (G, Fr., Urbana, Ohio/Urbana), Emily Haynam (So., F, Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South), Beth Howe (Fr., G, Jackson, Ohio/Jackson) and Shenk were recognized as scholar-athletes while Coleman and LaToya Turner (Jr., F, Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington) earned Most Improved Scholar awards.