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Jan. 10, 2001

The Tip
Ohio State will look for its good fortune to continue this week when hosting Illinois Thursday night in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes are coming off their first conference win, 66-61, at Northwestern Sunday, improving their record to 11-3 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten.

Illinois is enjoying a two-game win streak in Big Ten play, coming off an 88-65 win at Northwestern Tuesday and 75-71 upset of then-No. 10 Penn State Sunday in Champaign. The Illini’s record now improves to 7-8, 0-1.

Media Coverage
WBNS Radio 1460 (AM) The Fan serves as the flagship station for Ohio State women’s basketball, broadcasting over 53 statewide affiliates. Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye Kristin Watt (1983-85) will deliver the live coverage. The game can also be heard on the Buckeyes’ internet broadcast by logging on to ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

ONN Television will carry the statewide live telecast with the aid of broadcast duo Erica Robbins and Ohio State alumnus Toni Roesch (1983-86).

The Series
Ohio State leads the series 29-11 and has only lost to the Illini three times in Columbus (14-3). The Buckeyes are 10-8 in Champaign and undefeated on a neutral floor. The two programs have shared two overtime games with Illinois coming out on top in both.

Illinois swept both games last season by an average 7.5 points.

Last Season With Illinois Date Outcome Site 12-30-99 L, 57-63, OT H 2-20-00 L, 61-70 A

Dry Spell
Illinois has won five out of the last six matchups with the Buckeyes claiming their sole win on Jan. 8, 1999, 70-67, in Columbus. Prior to the Illini’s run of success, the Buckeyes enjoyed an eight-game win streak from March 1992 through January 1996.

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. Last season, Burns guided the Buckeyes to a 13-15 record with a starting lineup featuring three freshmen and two sophomores. Two underclassmen earned All-Big Ten honors from that campaign, including 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year LaToya Turner (So., Pickerington, Ohio). Academically, six Buckeyes earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors and five players, a single-season program record, attained Academic All-Big Ten laurels. Burns took over the program in April 1997, leaving a successful, well-respected career at San Diego State where she was three times selected the WAC Coach of the Year (1994, ’95, ’97). Burns enjoys a career record of 207-124 (.625), is 57-42 (.576) as a Buckeye and 22-30 (.423) in league play.

Burns Against Northwestern
Ohio State head coach Beth Burns is 1-5 against Illinois. Her single win came Jan. 8, 1999, 70-67, in Columbus.

Buckeye Co-Captains
Guards Jamie Lewis (Oak Hill, Ohio) and Tanya McClure (Gahanna, Ohio) are co-captains of the 2000-01 Buckeye Basketball squad. It is the second such stint for Lewis who was also a co-captain during her freshman campaign with then-junior Larecha Jones.

Last Time Out…
Ohio State Comes From Behind To Beat Northwestern
The Ohio State Buckeyes staged a come-from-behind effort to claim their first win of the Big Ten season, defeating the Northwestern Wildcats, 66-61, Sunday afternoon in Evanston.

The win marks the Buckeyes’ first in Welsh-Ryan Arena in more than eight seasons and the first game played since a season-ending injury to leading scorer and rebounder center LaToya Turner. Ohio State improves to 11-3 overall and 1-3 in the league. Northwestern drops to 4-9, 0-3.

Forward Courtney Coleman (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) posted 15 points in the second half, to finish with a game- and career-high 19 points. D’wan Shackleford (So., Newark, Ohio) posted her first career double-double with 15 points and a game- and career-high 17 rebounds. Jamie Lewis also finished in double-figures with 12 points. Dana Leonard led three other Wildcats in double-figure scoring with 19 points.

Ohio State trailed by as many as nine points in the early minutes of the first half but with a 12-4 rally closed the lead to 15-14 with 9:07 still to play. Northwestern held a four-point advantage, 32-28, with 1:41 remaining and was sparked by Leonard, scoring five points in a 6-0 run, who helped stretch the Wildcats’ lead to 38-28 by intermission.

Northwestern went up by 12 (42-30) when Coleman took over matters in the paint, scoring 13 points in a 24-12 rally that gave the Buckeyes’ their first lead of the game, 52-50, with 8:57 left. DiDi Reynolds (So., Portage, Ohio) helped extend the lead to as many as six (60-54) with a three-pointer and 3:38 on the clock. Shackleford kept the Buckeyes in front, threading 4-of-4 free throws in a 6-of-8 team performance at the stripe in the closing minutes.

Turner Makes Early Exit
Ohio State center LaToya Turner (So., Pickerington, Ohio) will miss the remainder of the 2001 campaign after tearing her left knee anterior cruciate ligament-graft in the Buckeyes’ 62-60 loss at Michigan State Jan. 4.

The ACL-graft tear is the second such injury sustained by Turner whose left knee was initially injured in the WBCA/Kodak All-America High School game and surgically repaired in April 1999.

Turner exited the game with 6:32 remaining in the first half after sustaining a blow to the knee following a field goal attempt. She finished the contest with seven points, two steals, one block and one rebound in nine minutes of play.

Turner, re-examined by Ohio State’s chief orthopedic consultant Dr. Chris Kaeding, will undergo surgery Friday morning.

The 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Turner exits the season as one of the most dominating players in the league as she ranks third in scoring (17.8 ppg), sixth in rebounding (6.6 rpg), fourth in steals (2.54 spg) and first in blocks (2.31 bpg).

Turner received her first-ever Big Ten Player of the Week honor Nov. 20 following a career-high 37 point and 14 rebound performance in the Buckeyes’ season opener at Cleveland State (Nov. 17).

Turner Game-By-Game Pts. Rebs. Blks. Stls. Cleveland State 37 14 2 2 Valparaiso 15 5 1 2 Rhode Island 10 8 1 4 Seton Hall 18 8 4 5 LBSU 19 5 0 2 Wisconsin-GB 20 8 5 2 Bowling Green 17 6 6 4 Arkansas-PB 13 4 3 3 Akron 20 5 2 5 UCLA 20 7 1 1 Indiana 11 4 3 1 Penn State 25 11 1 0 Michigan State 7 1 1 2

Injuries…There’s More
Freshman starting guard Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio) will miss her inaugural Big Ten season because of a stress fracture in her right tibia. The Bluffton, Ohio, native played in the first nine games of the season, averaging 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Guard Tanya McClure and forward Courtney Bale (Vista, Calif.) also remain on the injury roster. McClure, 5-4, has been idle since Nov. 20, nursing a fracture in her left foot. She was taken out of her cast Dec. 19, participated in a few practice drills over the past week and following another exam Monday, was re-cast.

The 6-2 Bale stepped on a teammate’s foot in practice Nov. 26 and fractured her left fibula. Her return is unknown.

Illinois Coach Theresa Grentz
Illinois head coach Teresa Grentz (Immaculata, 1974) is in her sixth year at the helm. She has established a school record of 106-64 and in 27 career seasons enjoys a record of 556-219. Grentz has earned a record of 9-3 vs. Ohio State.

Scouting Illinois
Illinois played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the league that included Top 25 teams Clemson, Tennessee, Texas, UConn, Auburn and Georgia. The Illini posted a 5-7 record in the non-league, and defeating then-No. 10 Penn State (75-71) Sunday and Northwestern (88-65) Tuesday, enter Thursday’s matchup with a 2-1 record in the Big Ten. First team All-Big Ten guard Allison Curtin, a 5-11 junior, leads the squad in scoring (13.1 ppg), assists (3.7 apg) and steals (2.9 spg) and ranks second in rebounding (5.9 rpg). Two freshmen, Iveta Marcauskaite and Anne O’Neil, are averaging 12.0 and 11.7 ppg, respectively. Redshirt freshman, Cindy Dallas, a 6-4 center, is collecting a team-leading 6.5 rebounds while 5-7 returning guard, sophomore Shavonna Hunter, is contributing 8.9 ppg.

Coleman & Shackleford Take Center Stage
Down by 10 points (38-28) at halftime to the Northwestern Wildcats (Jan. 7), Ohio State sophomore forwards Courtney Coleman and D’wan Schackleford turned things around displaying dominating performances in the paint in the final 20 minutes for a 66-61 win.

The tandem combined for more than 50 percent of the team scoring (34-of-66), 62 percent (26-of-42) of OSU’s rebounds and 68 percent (11-of-16) of its steals.

Coleman scored a career-high 19 points off 50 percent shooting from the floor (8-of-16 FGs), collected a career-high six steals and pulled down nine rebounds.

Shackleford, playing a career-high 39 minutes, marked her first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. She also collected a carer-high five steals.

On The Run
Buckeye Jamie Lewis is still maintaining a career run in 3-pt. field goals made despite the team’s recent stuggles. Lewis was 1-of-4 from the arc at Northwestern (Jan. 7), extending her string of consecutive games with at least one trey to 16 (including two exhibition games).

LaToya Turner had been enjoying a career run of 12 straight games in double-figure scoring prior to her injury at Michigan State.

Sharpshooters Square Up
Two of the top shooters in the league will square up in Thursday night’s contest. Buckeye forward Courtney Coleman leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 64.6 percent while Illini forward Iveta Marcauskaite ranks second with 60 percent accuracy.

Bombs Away
DiDi Reynolds (Portage, Ohio) ranks second in Big Ten 3-pt. field goal percentage, shooting 50 percent. Averaging 5.1 points per game, Reynolds marked her third game in double-digit scoring this season vs. Michigan State (Jan. 4) with a team-leading 14 points. The 6-1 forward shot 67 percent from the arc, threading a career high four (of six) treys.

Coleman On The Rebound
With Turner’s absense, Courtney Coleman reigns as the Buckeyes’ top rebounder, averaging 6.4 caroms per game but in the last five contests the Cincinnati (Ohio) Hughes High School alum has averaged 8.6 caroms. Coleman closed her prep career as the No. 6 rebounder in the state, averaging 15.9 per game.

Working Overtime
With guards Tanya McClure and Caity Matter sidelined with injuries, backcourt players Jamie Lewis and Lauren Shenk (Jr., Minster, Ohio) have been working overtime. Lewis has been averaging 38 minutes over the past three games, playing a full 40 minutes in back-to-back games vs. Penn State (Dec. 31) and Michigan State (Jan. 4). Shenk has averaged 37.2 minutes over the same stretch.

Now It’s Your Turn
Despite losing leading-scorer LaToya Turner, the Buckeyes can find some confidence in the fact that seven different players have stepped up to take over the lead scoring responsibilities over 13 games.

Turner paced the scoring effort in six games (Cleveland State, Seton Hall, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Akron, UCLA, Penn State) and guard Lauren Shenk (Rhode Island, Bowling Green) and forward Courtney Coleman (Valparaiso, Northwestern) have each led in two. D’wan Shackleford (Long Beach State), DiDi Reynolds (Michigan State) and guards Jamie Lewis (Arkansas Pine Bluff) and Tomeka Brown (Indiana) have recorded one each.

Just One More Thing…
Center LaToya Turner’s one block in the Michigan State game elevated her to a share of the fourth all-time position on the OSU career blocks ledger. Out for the remainder of the season, the 6-4 super sophomore has rejected 66 total in just 40 career games.

Career Blocks Leaders 1. Mary Sivak 241 1978-82 2. Francine Lewis 124 1982-86 3. Tracey Hall 109 1984-88 4. LaToya Turner 66 2000- Mindy Smith 66 1987-90 6. June Brewer 65 1974-77 7. Lisa Negri 60 1993-96 8. Carla Chapman 57 1981-85 9. Lisa Cline 51 1985-89

Brown Picks Up The Pace
Talk about stepping up, guard Tomeka Brown (Columbus, Ohio) has gone above and beyond the call of duty, averaging well beyond her season scoring clip of 9.3 ppg with 12.3 ppg in the last six games. Brown came up short vs. Northwestern (Jan. 7) with eight points but was one of three Buckeyes in double-figures vs. Penn State (Dec. 31) with 13 points and paced the Buckeyes against Indiana (Dec. 28), marking her first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Those performances came on the heels of two solid games vs. Akron (Dec. 19) and UCLA (Dec. 20) where she scored a season-high 17 points and 16 points, respectively.

And Then There Were Two
Guard Jamie Lewis became just the second player in Ohio State women’s basketball history to record over 500 career assists Dec. 28 distributing seven vs. No. 11 Penn State for 501. The country’s No. 2 playmaker, averaging 9.5 assists per game, recorded five at Northwestern (Jan. 7), bringing her total 515. Lewis needs another 48 more to assume the No. 1 spot currently owned by Yvette Angel (562).

Career Assists Leaders 1. Yvette Angel 562 1981-85 2. Jamie Lewis 510 1998- 3. Lisa Cline 491 1985-89 4. Katie Smith 444 1993-96 5. Cheryl Perozek 341 1988-91

Lewis Attacks Steals Ladder
While it’s not possible to overlook guard Jamie Lewis’ assault on the career assists ladder, the 5-5 guard is quietly waging another campaign in career steals. With two Sunday at Northwestern (Jan. 7), Lewis has 156 for her career and shares the eighth career spot with Buckeye radio and television analyst Toni Roesch.

Career Steals Leaders 1. Yvette Angel 326 1981-85 2. Averrill Roberts 273 1990-93 3. Tracey Hall 259 1984-88 4. Lisa Cline 237 1985-89 5. Nikita Lowry 190 1985-89 6. Katie Smith 174 1993-96 7. Audrey Burcy 168 1990-93 8. Toni Roesch 156 1982-86 Jamie Lewis 156 1998- 10.Marrita Porter 155 1995-99

Smith’s Number To Be Retired
Olympian, All-America and Buckeye Katie Smith will become the first female athlete at The Ohio State University to have her number retired during ceremonies honoring her stellar career as a Buckeye from 1993-96. Smith’s No. 30 will be officially removed from future rosters Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Michigan women’s game. Tipoff is 4 p.m.

Two players from the men’s program, Gary Bradds (1962-64) and Jim Jackson (1990-92), will also be honored. Bradd’s No. 35 will be retired during ceremonies at halftime of the Ohio State men’s game against No. 3 Michigan State Jan. 27. Jackson’s No. 22 will be honored at the half of the OSU men’s game against No. 17 Wisconsin Feb. 10.

Ohio State great Jerry Lucas’ No. 11 is the only other basketball player to have a number retired. Three Buckeye football players have been honored beginning with Archie Griffin’s No. 45 in 1999. Vic Janowicz (No. 31) and Howard Cassady (No. 40) had their numbers retired this past season.

Victories of Record
Ohio State’s 65-point victory (100-35) Dec. 19 vs. Akron is the second largest against an opponent in Ohio State history. Ironically, the largest margin of victory was also against the Zips to the tune of 70 points, 105-35, in February 1977.

The Buckeyes’ Dec. 19 performance just eclipsed their 62-point victory vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Dec. 16). That victory was the fourth largest in Ohio State history.

The Ink Is Dry
Fourth-year Ohio State Coach Beth Burns, who signed the nation’s No. 2-ranked recruiting class in 1998, has again secured a pool of the country’s top high school talent. Joining the Buckeyes for the 2001-02 season will be All-America prepster Ashley Allen, a 5-foot-10 inch guard from Ben Davis (Indiana) High School, First Team All-Ohio selections Jackson guard Beth Howe, 5-7, and Grove City power forward Charisse Crews, 6-2, and Minnesota preseason player of the year nominee Brandee Gibbs, a 6-5 center at Orono.

Next Time Out
Ohio State travels to Ann Arbor this weekend for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Michigan Wolverines. Game time is 2 p.m.