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Jan. 13, 2001

The Tip
Ohio State looks to get back on track this weekend against the Michigan Wolverines after suffering a heartbreaking 75-73 defeat to visiting Illinois Thursday in Columbus. The Buckeyes are 11-4 overall and 1-4 in Big Ten play, entering Sunday’s contest.

Michigan, also in action Thursday, is coming off a 71-62 upset of No. 13 Penn State and improves to 9-6, 2-3.

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 alum Toni Roesch (1983-86).

The Series
Ohio State enjoys one of its most successful series records against Michigan at 32-5. The Buckeyes are 18-1 against their opponent in Columbus and 14-4 in Crisler Arena. Surprisingly, the two teams have never met in a neutral setting but in overtime, Michigan holds a 2-1 edge.

The Wolverines have won the last two meetings, including their first-ever win in Columbus last season, 65-61.

Last Season With Michigan Date Outcome Site 2-6-00 L, 61-65 H

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. 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 207-125 (.624), is 57-43 (.575) as a Buckeye and 22-31 (.415) in league play.

Burns Against Michigan
Ohio State head coach Beth Burns is 2-2 against Michigan. The coaching veteran won the first two games vs. the Wolverines but lost the two most recent games between the programs in 1999 (71-85, OT) and 2000 (61-65).

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.

Ohio State Loses Heartbreaker To Illinois, 75-73
The Ohio State women’s basketball team dropped a tough 75-73 verdict Thursday night to visiting Illinois in front of 6,170 spectators at Value City Arena.

Decimated by injuries, the Buckeyes dressed just six players for the contest, yet they fought valiantly.

The game was decided in the final seconds as Illinois’ Iveta Marcauskaite slipped through the paint for a field goal with four seconds left to break a 73-all tie. OSU had one last opportunity to tie or win the game, but Tomeka Brown (Jr., Columbus, Ohio) was unable to get a shot off before the final horn.

Courtney Coleman (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a career night for the Buckeyes, scoring a game- and career-high 22 points while swatting a career-high three shots. She also added nine rebounds.

Brown added 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while DiDi Reynolds (So., Portage, Ohio) chipped in 13 points, hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Reynolds’ final 3-pointer tied the score at 73 with under a minute remaining.

Jamie Lewis (Sr., Oak Hill, Ohio) added 11 points and five assists while playing all 40 minutes at the point for Ohio State. D’wan Shackleford (So., Newark, Ohio) added nine points and nine boards for the Buckeyes, while Lauren Shenk (Jr., Minster, Ohio) scored four for OSU.

Illinois (8-8, 3-1) was paced by a solid effort from Allison Curtin, who scored 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Dawn Vana added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Fighting Illini.

The game was plagued by two shot-clock malfunctions that forced the use of two alternate clocks for the final 27 minutes of the game. The second delay resulted in more than a 21-minute stoppage in play.

Turner Makes Premature Exit
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 knee was initially injured in the WBCA/Kodak All-America High School game and surgically repaired in April 1999.

Turner exited the MSU game with 6:32 remaining in the first half after sustaining a blow to the knee following a field goal attempt.

The 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Turner exited the season as one of the most dominating players in the league as she ranked 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).

She is on the mend following surgery Friday.

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
Forward Emily Haynam became the fifth Buckeye to miss significant playing time this season after suffering a spiral fracture and dislocation of her left ring finger during practice Tuesday. Out for the season, Haynam also had surgery Friday to reset and insert pins in the finger.

Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio) will miss her inaugural Big Ten season with a stress fracture in her right tibia. Matter played in the first nine games of the season.

Guard Tanya McClure (So., Gahanna, Ohio) and forward Courtney Bale (Sr., 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 will apply for a medical redshirt. The 6-2 Bale stepped on a teammate’s foot in practice Nov. 26 and fractured her left fibula. Her return to the lineup is unknown.

New Face In The Place
With the recent and ongoing rash of injuries diluting the roster, a new face will be added to the lineup.

Former buckeye soccer goalie Amber Barnes began practicing with the team Nov. 10 and will travel with the team this weekend. A native of Fairfield, Ohio, Barnes lettered in basketball at Fairfield High School. She will be donning jersey No. 41 for the rest of the season.

Michigan Coach Sue Guevara
Sue Guevara enters her fifth season with the Michigan Wolverine program. During her stay, she has compiled a record of 83-47 while escorting the program to three consecutive postseason appearances.

Guevara was tabbed the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the conference media in 1999-2000 after leading the Wolverines to a school record 13 Big Ten victories and second-place finish in the league, the team’s best ever showing. She is no stranger to Ohio State having served as a graduate assistant on the basketball staff during the 1984-85 season.

Scouting Michigan
Michigan snapped a three-game winning streak with a 71-62 upset of No. 13 Penn State Thursday evening. Sophomore forward LeeAnn Bies paced the squad with 21 points and 11 rebounds as she does overall this season, averaging 11.8 ppg and 7.4 rebounds. Forward Raina Goodlow and guard Alayne Ingram are each contributing 10.9 ppg. Guard Anne Thorius manages the Wolverine offense contributing 8.0 points and 5.07 assists per game.

Coleman Gaining Momentum
Forward Courtney Coleman eclipsed her previous scoring high of 19 points, posting 22 against Illinois Thursday night. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native who paces the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.651) shot 69.3 percent from the floor, converting 9-of-13 FGs. In addition to her scoring success, Coleman rejected a career-high three shots.

Shack Is Back
D’wan Shackleford again enjoyed a dominating night in the paint vs. Illinois (Jan. 11). Shackleford, who compiled 15 points and a career-high 17 points at Northwestern (Jan. 9), was just short of a second-consecutive double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. In the past three games, Shackleford has averaged 11.7 rpg.

Glass Cleaners
Sophomore forwards Courtney Coleman and D’wan Shackleford are creating one of the most formidable tandems on the block this season. The two rank No. 3 and No. 4, respectively in Big Ten rebounding, collecting 8.4 and 8.0 caroms per game. Against, Illinois the duo collected 18-of-34 team rebounds.

Coleman, who ranked sixth in the state in rebounding (15.9 rpg) as a senior at Hughes High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, is averaging a team-high 6.7 rebounds on the year.

On The Run
Buckeye Jamie Lewis is still maintaining a career run in 3-pt. field goals made this season. Lewis was 3-of-10 from the arc vs. Illinois (Jan. 11), extending her string of consecutive games with at least one trey to 17 (including two exhibition games). Lewis is the fourth all-time leader in the Big Ten in treys made per game at 2.20.

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

Playmakers Square Off Two of the top playmakers in the league will square off in today’s matchup. Buckeye guard Jamie Lewis, who ranks No. 2 nationally in assists per game (8.9 apg) is the No. 2 leader in Big Ten play, distributing 7.0 per outing. Wolverine Anne Thorius ranks fourth with 5.2 apg.

Bombs Away
Sophomore DiDi Reynolds (Portage, Ohio) is developing into one of the deadliest 3-point shooters in the league. Reynolds was 3-of-5 from the arc vs. Illinois (Jan. 11) and two games back at Michigan State (Jan. 4) shot 67 percent, threading a career high four (of six) treys. Reynolds ranks fourth in Big Ten 3-pt. FG percentage, with 53 percent accuracy.

Steady Climber
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 8.9 assists per game, recorded five vs. Illinois (Jan. 11), bringing her total 520. Lewis needs another 43 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 520 1998- 3. Lisa Cline 491 1985-89 4. Katie Smith 444 1993-96 5. Cheryl Perozek 341 1988-91

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 on Jan. 11.

With the extended absence of Tanya McClure and Caity Matter in the backcourt, guards Jamie Lewis and Lauren Shenk (Jr., Minster, Ohio) have averaged 40 and 32 minutes, respectively in the last four games.

The recent departure of post-players LaToya Turner and Emily Haynam has increased D’wan Shackleford’s and Courtney Coleman’s “PT” to 35.0 and 34 minutes in the Buckeyes’ last two games.

Mentor Meets Student
Nikki Keyton, director of basketball operations for Ohio State, will be facing her position coach for the first time since the two helped steer OSU to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Keyton was coached by Michigan assistant Yvette Harris, who served as an Ohio State assistant, from 1990-93.

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 14 games.

Turner paced the scoring effort in six games (Cleveland State, Seton Hall, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Akron, UCLA, Penn State) and Courtney Coleman marked her third game of the season with a career-high 22 vs. Illinois. Lauren Shenk (Rhode Island, Bowling Green) has 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 (Jan. 4) 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 has gone above and beyond the call of duty, averaging well beyond her season scoring clip of 9.7 ppg with 12.6 ppg over the last seven games. Brown has scored double figures in five of the last seven games, including Big Ten season scoring highs of 14 points vs. Illinois (Jan. 11) and Indiana (Dec. 28).

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 three Thursday vs. Illinois (Jan. 11), Lewis has 159 for her career and ranks eighth all-time behind NCAA Final Four point guard Audrey Burcy (168).

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. Jamie Lewis 159 1998- 9. Toni Roesch 156 1982-86 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. Bradds’ No. 35 will be retired against No. 3 Michigan State Jan. 27. Jackson’s No. 22 will be honored vs. 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 (1999) and Vic Janowicz (No. 31) and Howard Cassady (No. 40) (2000).

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 will remain in Columbus for its next two Big Ten contests, hosting Iowa Wednesday at 7 p.m. and the return matchup vs. Michigan Sunday at 4 p.m. All games are played in Value City Arena.