Jan. 16, 2001
Big Ten action this week will keep the Buckeyes in Columbus, hosting Iowa Wednesday and Michigan Sunday.
Ohio State is 12-4 on the year and 2-4 in Big Ten play, coming off a 76-68 win against Michigan Sunday (Jan. 14) in Ann Arbor.
Iowa, also in action Sunday, downed Wisconsin 74-68 to improve to 8-7, 3-2.
Michigan’s loss to the Buckeyes dropped its record to 9-7, 2-4. The Wolverines will play at Northwestern Thursday before Sunday’s rematch.
The Iowa Series
The Buckeyes are 13-22 against the Iowa Hawkeyes who have won 10 of the last 11 meetings. Ohio State is 9-7 vs. the Hawkeyes in Columbus and 3-13 in Iowa City.
Iowa edges OSU on a neutral floor by a 2-1 mark.
Last Season Vs. Iowa Date Outcome Site 2-17-01 L, 60-68 A
The Michigan Series
Ohio State enjoys one of its most successful series records against Michigan at 33-5. The Buckeyes are 18-1 against Michigan in Columbus and 15-4 in Crisler Arena following Sunday’s (Jan. 14) 76-68 win. Surprisingly, the two teams have never met in a neutral setting but in overtime, Michigan holds a 2-1 edge. The Wolverines won their first-ever game in Columbus last season, 65-61.
Last Time Out Vs. Michigan Date Outcome Site 1-14-01 W, 76-68 A
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 208-125 (.625), is 58-43 (.574) as a Buckeye and 23-31 (.426) in league play.
Burns Against Iowa
Ohio State Coach Beth Burns is 1-4 against the Iowa Hawkeyes, registering her sole victory in February 1999, 70-66.
Burns Against Michigan
Coach Beth Burns is 3-2 against Michigan. The Buckeyes’ 76-68 win in Ann Arbor Sunday (Jan. 14) snapped a Michigan two-game winning streak.
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 Handles Michigan, 76-68
Ohio State forward Courtney Coleman (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) and guard Jamie Lewis created an inside-outside scoring force that produced 43 points and steered the Buckeyes to a 76-68 road win over Michigan Jan. 14.
Coleman paced all scorers with 23 points, shooting 81 percent from the floor (9-of-11 FGs), to eclipse her previous scoring high of 22 points against Illinois (Jan. 11). 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 with the additions of 6-1 soccer goalkeeper, Amber Barnes (Sr., Fairfield, Ohio) and 6-2 volleyball middle blocker Dana Stearns (Sr., Bexley, Ohio).
Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder
Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder (Northern Iowa, 1983) is marking her first season at the helm of the Iowa program. Her record is 8-7 overall as a Hawkeye and 364-149 over 17 years of coaching. Bluder spent the previous 10 years coaching at Drake.
Iowa is enjoying a modest two-game winning streak, last defeating Wisconsin, 74-68, Sunday afternoon (Jan. 14). The squad is led by three of the top performers in the league, guards Lindsey Meder and Cara Consuegra, and center Randi Peterson. Meder, 5-8, is the leading scoring in the Big Ten, averaging 20.2 ppg, and paces the field as well in 3-pt. FG made (3.20). Consuegra, 5-8, is the top assists maker (8.0 rpg) while Peterson’s 9.2 rebounds per game ranks No. 1.
Michigan Coach Sue Guevara
Sue Guevara (Saginaw Valley State College, 1982) is in her fifth season with the Michigan Wolverine program. During her stay, she has compiled a record of 83-48 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.
Michigan will be looking for its second consecutive win in Columbus when the two teams meet Sunday. The Wolverines failed to take advantage of their homecourt advantage Sunday (Jan. 14), losing 76-68 to the visiting Buckeyes. Sophomore forward LeeAnn Bies paced the squad with 18 points in the contest and is averaging a team-leading 12.2 ppg and 7.4 rebounds per game. Forward Raina Goodlow and guard Alayne Ingram are contributing 10.8 ppg and 10.6 ppg, respectively. Guard Anne Thorius manages the Wolverine offense distributing 5.07 assists per game. Michigan will play at Northwestern Thursday before traveling to Columbus.
Key Matchups Vs. Iowa
Two of the top playmakers in the league will square up in Wednesday’s game. 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 7.2 per outing. Hawkeye Cara Consuegra leads the league at 8.4 apg.
Long-distance field goals could also shower the game if Lewis and Lindsey Meder are on target. Meder is averaging a league-high 3.2 treys per game. Lewis ranks No. 2, threading 2.5 per game.
Key Matchups Vs. Michigan
The Ohio State and Michigan offenses will be managed by two of the best playmakers in the league Jamie Lewis and Anne Thorius. In conference games, Lewis ranks second with 7.2 assists per game. Thorius, the all-time assists leader at UofM, ranks fourth with 5.2 apg.
Keep an eye on the post play of Buckeye forward Courtney Coleman and Michigan center LeeAnn Bies. Bies ranks third in Big Ten field goal percentage at 61.7 percent. Coleman is sixth at 59 percent accuracy.
Call of Duty
Courtney Coleman has answered her call of duty, stepping up in the paint given the absence of teammate LaToya Turner. The 6-2 forward has improved her career scoring high in three consecutive games, topping out with 23 points at Michigan (Jan. 14).
Coleman averaged 21.3 ppg (18-of-24 FGs) against Northwestern (Jan. 7), Illinois (Jan. 11) and Michigan (Jan. 14), and paces the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 66.7 percent from the floor.
Sophomore forwards Courtney Coleman and D’wan Shackleford are creating one of the most formidable tandems on the block. The two rank No. 3 and No. 7, respectively, in Big Ten rebounding, collecting 8.0 and 7.0 caroms per game. The duo combined for 18-of-34 rebounds vs. Illinois (Jan. 11).
Coleman, who ranked as the No. 6 rebounder in the state (15.9 rpg) as a senior at Hughes High School, led OSU with six at Michigan (Jan. 14).
On The Run
Buckeye Jamie Lewis is still maintaining a career run in 3-pt. field goals made this season. Lewis was 4-of-9 from the arc at Michigan (Jan. 14), extending her string of consecutive games with at least one trey to 18 (including two exhibition games). Lewis ranks second in the Big Ten in treys made per game at 2.50.
Sophomore DiDi Reynolds (Portage, Ohio) can be considered one of the deadliest 3-point shooters in the league. Reynolds was 3-of-5 from the arc vs. Illinois (Jan. 11) and at Michigan State (Jan. 4) shot 67 percent, threading a career high four (of six) treys. Reynolds ranks third in Big Ten 3-pt. FG percentage, with 53 percent accuracy.
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 eight at Michigan (Jan. 14), bringing her total 528. Lewis needs another 35 to assume the No. 1 spot currently owned by Yvette Angel (562).
Career Assists Leaders 1. Yvette Angel 562 1981-85 2. Jamie Lewis 528 1998- 3. Lisa Cline 491 1985-89 4. Katie Smith 444 1993-96 5. Cheryl Perozek 341 1988-91
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 34 minutes, respectively, in the last five games.
The departure of post-players LaToya Turner and Emily Haynam has increased D’wan Shackleford’s and Courtney Coleman’s “PT” to 30.0 and 35.3 minutes per game in the Buckeyes’ last three meetings.
New Faces In The Place
With the recent and ongoing rash of injuries plaguing the team, two new faces have been added to the Ohio State roster.
Buckeye soccer goalkeeper Amber Barnes, 5-11, began practicing with the team Nov. 10. A native of Fairfield, Ohio, Barnes lettered in basketball at Fairfield High School. She will be donning jersey No. 41.
Middle blocker Dana Stearns will wear No. 14. Stearns, 6-1, graduated the career scoring and rebounding leader at nearby Bexley High School. She participated in four NCAA tournaments as a member of the Ohio State volleyball team, including a Sweet 16 appearance this past season.
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 9.9 ppg with 12.6 ppg over the last seven games. Brown has scored double figures in six of the last eight games, including a Big Ten season scoring highs of 14 points vs. Illinois (Jan. 11) and Indiana (Dec. 28).
Former Player Meets Mentor
Nikki Keyton, Ohio State director of basketball operations will be going against her position coach for the first time since the two helped guide OSU to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Keyton was coached by Michigan assistant Yvette Harris who served as an OSU assistant from 1990-93.
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 had surgery Jan. 12 and is recovering well.
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
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 Jan. 9. Haynam, like Turner, also had surgery Jan. 11. She is out for the season as well.
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 red-shirt. 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.
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 16 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 fourth game of the season with a career-high 23 at Michigan. 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
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 four Sunday at Michigan (Jan. 14), Lewis has 163 for her career and ranks eighth 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 163 1998- 9. Toni Roesch 156 1982-86 10.Marrita Porter 155 1995-99
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.
Tourney Tickets On Sale
Big Ten Tournament full-session ticket packages are currently available for purchase in the OSU Athletics Ticket Office. The 10-game all-session passes are $40 and will remain on sale through Jan. 23. The 2001 tournament will be held March 1-4 in Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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.
Next Time Out
Ohio State will remain in Columbus this weekend, hosting Michigan Sunday at 4 p.m. in Value City Arena.