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Jan. 26, 2001

The Tip
Ohio State faces its second matchup this season against Indiana Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes are coming off a 76-63 loss to Michigan and looking to improve their 13-5 overall record and 3-5 mark in the Big Ten. Indiana, 13-5, 4-3, has lost its last two games and will host Penn State Thursday before Ohio State comes to town.

The Indiana Series
Ohio State and Indiana are wrapping up their season series Sunday. Both programs opened their Big Ten campaigns jointly Dec. 28 with the Hoosiers claiming a 65-56 win in Columbus. Sunday’s meeting marks the 50th between the two programs with the Buckeyes enjoying a 34-15 lead in all-time meetings. Ohio State is 19-3 vs. Indiana in Columbus but struggles in Bloomington where the mark of success is 9-11. The Buckeyes hold a 6-1 lead on a neutral floor.

Head Coach Beth Burns
Marking her 12th career season, the fourth at Ohio State, Coach Beth Burns continues to guide the program to heightened success both on and off the court. Earlier this season, Burns led the program to its best start in more than 28 seasons, entering conference play with a 10-0 mark. She enjoys a career record of 209-126 (.624) and sports a 59-44 (.573) mark as a Buckeye. Burns is 24-32 (.429) in league play.

Burns is 5-2 against Indiana following December’s 65-56 loss in Columbus. The defeat was Burns’ second in the last three meetings to the Hoosiers after posting four consecutive wins.

Last Time Out, Buckeyes Upended by Michigan
The Ohio State women’s basketball team dropped a 76-63 decision to Michigan last Sunday in front of 10,392 fans at Value City Arena (VCA).

The Wolverines won the game on the boards, holding a 40-29 rebounding advantage and enjoying 50 percent shooting from the floor.

Ohio State 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 negated a 29-25 Buckeye halftime lead, outscoring the Buckeyes, 51-34, in the final 20 minutes. U-M guard 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.

Last Time vs. Indiana
The Hoosiers handed Ohio State its first loss of the season with a 65-56 loss in Value City Arena Dec. 28. Guard Tomeka Brown recorded her first collegiate double-double, leading the Buckeyes at both ends of the floor with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Lauren Shenk and center LaToya Turner (So., Pickerington, Ohio) also finished in double figures, scoring 13 and 11 points, respectively. Forward Courtney Coleman tied her rebounding high for the second consecutive time out with 10 caroms.

Ohio State was staggered by Indiana’s hot-shooting from the perimeter in the first half. The Hoosiers, who shot 80 percent (4-of-5 FGs) from three-point range, controlled the lead early and permanently with a Heather Cassady trey at the 15:10 mark that produced a 12-9 advantage. IU closed the half with a 14-6 run and 34-22 halftime lead.

The Buckeyes trailed by as many as 17 in the second half but ate away at the lead, pulling within seven, 59-52, with 2:12 left but that was as close as they would get.

Indiana Coach Kathy Bennett
Indiana operates under the direction of first-year head coach Kathy Bennett who has guided the program to the most overall wins in two years at 13-5 overall. Bennett coached the previous four seasons at Evansville, where she led the Aces to two postseason appearances and a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship. In 13 career seasons, Bennett enjoys a record of 237-108.

Scouting Indiana
Indiana is paced by one of the top performers in the league, 6-4 center Jill Chapman, who ranks seventh in Big Ten scoring (14.0 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.9 rpg). Coach Bennett receives solid play out of a trio of backcourt players as well. Heather Cassady, 5-7, is contributing 11.2 ppg. She is also the squad’s top playmaker, distributing a team-leading 3.9 assists per game. Rainey Alting, 5-5, and Tara Jones, 5-11, chip in 8.6 ppg and 7.9 ppg, respectively. Indiana, which posted a 9-2 non-conference record, has experienced some turbulence over the past two weeks, losing three of its last five games.

Buckeye Captains
Guards Jamie Lewis (Oak Hill, Ohio) and Tanya McClure (Gahanna, Ohio) serve as co-captains of the 2000-01 Buckeye Basketball squad. It is the second such stint for Lewis who held similar duties as a co-captain her freshman year with then-senior Larecha Jones.

Call of Duty
Courtney Coleman’s team-leading 17 points against Michigan (Jan. 21) marks the fifth consecutive game that the 6-2 forward has carried the Buckeyes’ in the scoring column. She bettered her career scoring high in each of the first four games, topping out with 26 points vs. Iowa (Jan. 17).

Coleman, averaging 21.4 ppg in the stretch and 16.1 ppg in conference play, ranks No. 6 nationally in field goal percentage (.660).

Glass Cleaners
Forwards Courtney Coleman and D’wan Shackleford (Newark, Ohio) make cleaning glass look simple. The tandem ranks among the league’s Top 10 rebounders with Coleman (No. 4) collecting 7.8 per game and Shackleford (No. 8) averaging 7.4. Coleman was the No.6 rebounder (15.9 rpg) in the state as a senior at Cincinnati (Ohio) Hughes High School.

The Walking Wounded
Five significant injuries have depleted the original Ohio State roster to seven. Sophomore LaToya Turner suffered a season-ending ACL-graft tear Jan. 4 at Michigan State. The 6-4 center, who exited as the Buckeyes’ season leader in points (17.8 ppg), rebounds (6.6), steals (33) and blocks (30), had surgery Jan. 12 and is mending nicely.

Joining Turner in the operating room that same day was freshman Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio) who suffered a spiral fracture-dislocation to her left ring finger. She, too, is out for the season.

Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio) is missing her inaugural Big Ten season with a stress fracture in her right tibia.

Guard Tanya McClure and forward Courtney Bale (Sr., Vista, Calif.) have been slow to mend. McClure has been idle since Nov. 20, nursing a left mid-foot fracture. She will apply for a medical red-shirt. Bale stepped on a teammate’s foot in practice Nov. 26 and fractured her left fibula. Her return to the lineup is not known at this time.

Working Overtime
Injuries over the course of a week reduced the Buckeyes’ roster from nine at Michigan State (Jan. 4) to just six for the Illinois game Jan. 11.

With the extended absences of Tanya McClure and Caity Matter in the backcourt, guards Jamie Lewis and Lauren Shenk (Minster, Ohio) have been working overtime. Lewis over eight games is averaging 38.3 minutes per game, going the distance in six. Shenk is at 35.1 minutes over the Big Ten campaign. DiDi Reynolds, on the wing, has played no fewer than 23 minutes in the last six games.

The departure of post players LaToya Turner and Emily Hayman has increased the “PT” of D’wan Shackleford and Courtney Coleman to 28.0 and 34.5 minutes per game, respectively, over the last four games.

New Faces In The Place
The Buckeyes received some much-needed assistance from two Buckeye student-athletes recently. Ohio State was reduced to a six-player roster against Illinois (Jan. 11) when soccer goalkeeper Amber Barnes and volleyball middle blocker Dana Stearns, both seniors, came to the rescue.

Barnes, 6-1, is a native of Fairfield, Ohio, and lettered four-years in basketball at Fairfield High School.

Stearns, 6-2, went to four NCCA postseason tournaments with the volleyball Buckeyes, including a Sweet 16 appearance last fall. An alum of nearby Bexley, Ohio, Stearns graduated the career scoring and rebounding leader of the Lady Lion program.

The two share the same April 2 birthday and will wear No. 41 and No. 14, respectively. Both players saw a glimpse of action vs. Iowa (Jan. 17), checking in with 24.7 seconds to play.

Secret Weapon No. 33
Just when you least expect it, secret weapon No. 33, sophomore DiDi Reynolds, finds a way to step up and burn a triple. Reynolds, who ranks fifth in Big Ten 3-pt. FG Pct. (.467), shot better than 60 percent vs. Illinois (3-of-5) and at Michigan State where she threaded a career high four (of six) treys.

Lewis Still Climbing
Guard Jamie Lewis, the Buckeyes’ second all-time assists leader, distributed eight vs. Michigan to bring her career total to 545. The senior co-captain needs another 18 to assume the No. 1 position held by Yvette Angel (563). Lewis, who ranks No. 2 nationally in assists (8.8 apg), is also a Top 10 leader on the OSU career steals ladder where she ranks eighth with 164.

Career Assists Leaders 1. Yvette Angel 562 1981-85 2. Jamie Lewis 545 1998- 3. Lisa Cline 491 1985-89 4. Katie Smith 444 1993-96 5. Cheryl Perozek 341 1988-91

Buckeye Efficiency
Despite the 76-63 loss to Michigan, the Buckeyes still played one of their most error-free games of the season. Ohio State committed 12 turnovers for the second time this season vs. the Wolverines, just four more than the season low eight recorded against Iowa (Jan. 17). The Buckeyes, in fact, have averaged just 10.7 turnovers in their last three games. Ohio State leads the Big Ten, sporting a turnover margin of +8.33. Indiana is second at +4.11.

A Brown Repeat?
Guard Tomeka Brown recorded her first collegiate double-double in the Buckeyes’ December meeting with Indiana, posting 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. In Big Ten play, Brown’s performance has been solid with double-figure scoring in 5-of-8 games. Her 11.1 ppg clip ranks second on the team.

The Run Slides
Buckeye Jamie Lewis attempted four three-point field goal attempts last week vs. Iowa (Jan. 17) but came up empty, capping a string of consecutive game with at least one 3-point field goal at a career best 16 (18 including exhibition games). Lewis, with two against Michigan (Jan. 21), ranks second in Big Ten 3-pt. FG made at 2.13.

No. 30 Goes Into Retirement
Olympian and Buckeye All-American Katie Smith (1993-96) became the first female student-athlete at The Ohio State University to officially have her jersey number retired during halftime ceremonies Sunday honoring her accomplished career. Smith, the Big Ten women’s career scoring leader (2,578 points), is a five-time All-America honoree and the first woman to represent the Big Ten Conference as a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Basketball team that captured the gold in Australia. The largest crowd of the season, 10,392, and second largest in Value City Arena, was on hand for the halftime ceremonies.

Two players from the men’s program, Gary Bradds (1962-64) and Jim Jackson (1990-92) will be similarly honored this season. Ohio State basketball great Jerry Lucas’ No. 11 was the first retired from basketball last season.

Buckeyes On Fox Sports
Ohio State is playing its third game of the season on Fox Sports Net Chicago. The Buckeyes have been winless in their previous two appearances, but have maintained captive audiences, losing both contests by an average 2.5 points in the final seconds of play. Ohio State lost 66-63 to Penn State New Year’s Eve in Columbus and 62-60 at Michigan State on Jan. 4.

Next Time Out
Ohio State continues Big Ten play on the road next week, challenging the Penn State Lady Lions Thursday, Feb. 1, in University Park, Pa. Game time is 7 p.m.