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Dec. 5, 2002

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TIPOFF
Ohio State (3-1, 0-0) tips off against UW-Green Bay (5-1, 0-0) at 4:00 p.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Phoenix Sports Center (1,800)

THE SERIES
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series against the Phoenix 1-0. The last time these two teams met was Dec. 10, 2000, in Columbus. Ohio State won 59-46 against a feisty Phoenix defense. LaToya Turner scored 20 points, collected eight rebounds and rejected a career-high five shots. Courtney Coleman added 13 points off a perfect 3-for-3 effort from the floor and 7-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line.

PROBABLE STARTERS

OHIO STATE 24 – Ashley Allen G So. 5-9 25 – Caity Matter G So. 5-8 32 – LaToya Turner C Jr. 6-3 33 – DiDi Reynolds F Sr. 6-1 50 – Courtney Coleman F Sr. 6-1

UW-GREEN BAY 3 – Natalie Yudt F Jr. 6-1 11 – Sara Boyer G Sr. 5-9 13 – Elizabeth Dudley G Sr. 5-8 22 – Kristy Loiselle F Sr. 5-10 54 – Chandra Johnson C Sr. 6-3

UW-GREEN BAY
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is coming off an impressive victory over No. 25 TCU. The Phoenix rallied from a 17-point deficit in the first half. Thanks to stingy defense and a timely three-point field goal by sophomore Mary Kulenkamp, UWGB defeated the Horned Frogs Tuesday evening in Fort Worth, 60-58.

The Phoenix trailed for over 38 minutes of the game, and took its first lead with 1:38 to go on a fast break layup by senior Chandra Johnson to go up by two, 57-55. TCU answered with 26 seconds left when Tiffany Evans canned a three-pointer from the right baseline to give the hosts a one-point lead, 58-57. Kulenkamp was left unguarded on the right baseline and the sophomore, who played a career-high 17 minutes, calmly buried her second three-pointer of the night to give the Phoenix a two-point lead. TCU’s Candace Baldwin’s layup rimmed out with five seconds left. The Horned Frogs had one final chance for the tie with an inbounds pass under their basket, but Evans’ baseline jumper from six feet rattled out and fell into the arms of Phoenix guard Kristy Loiselle. As the buzzer sounded, UWGB celebrated their first win over a nationally-ranked team since the 1991-92 season, when the Phoenix defeated No. 4 Georgia in Green Bay.

The only loss thus far for the Phoenix came against Illinois in the season-opener at Champaign. Despite taking the early lead in the first 11 minutes of the game, a critical 13-2 run by Illinois late in the second half halted a comeback chance for the Phoenix, which shot just 36.7 percent for the game from the field.

Kevin Borseth’s team took on another Big Ten school, Wisconsin, in Madison Nov. 24. UWGB beat the Badgers, 77-52. The Badgers opened the game with an early field goal by Leah Hefte, but the visiting Phoenix never let the hosts gather more than a two-point lead in the 25-point victory, which was the greatest margin of victory for UWGB in the team’s 20-game series with the Badgers.

The Phoenix also beat Oregon, 69-53, Southeast Missouri State, 74-49, and Miami, 83-72.

The contest against OSU begins a four-game home streak for UW-Green Bay, including a Dec. 12 game against No. 7 Kansas State.

UW-GREEN BAY’S KEVIN BORSETH
Entering his 16th season as an NCAA collegiate head coach and his fifth season at UW-Green Bay, Kevin Borseth has established a solid Phoenix program. During his tenure in Green Bay, Borseth has led the Phoenix to an 86-35 mark (71.1 winning percentage), three conference tournament titles and three winning streaks of over 10 games, including a 14-game winning streak last season.

Last season, Borseth’s Phoenix posted a 24-7 record, the best record for the team in 10 years. UWGB also gathered its fourth straight Horizon League regular-season title last season and earned the 25th consecutive winning season and 15th 20-win season overall in school annals. Borseth was named the 2001-02 Horizon League Coach of the Year, his third such honor in four seasons and the sole coach in league history to accomplish such a feat.

Borseth has found his share of success in league play. In the last four seasons, the Phoenix has posted a 63-7 (.900) record against conference foes, with just one loss in league tournament play. UWGB also owns a 29-game winning streak against Horizon League opponents at home under Borseth’s guidance.

UW-Green Bay’s academic success has blossomed under Borseth’s tutelage. This past year, the team posted the highest cumulative grade point average of any Division I program in the nation in a poll by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Just the second coach to take the helm at UW-Green Bay, Borseth arrived following a prolific 11-year campaign at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. While at Tech, Borseth accumulated an overall record of 225-97 from 1987-1998. The Huskies captured four GLIAC championships and qualified for eight NCAA Division II championships in his 11 years. During the 1992-93 season, Borseth led the Huskies to a third place finish in the NCAA D-II tournament and a 30-3 mark, one of the best records in NCAA D-II history. As the all-time winningest coach in Michigan Tech history, Borseth earned many coaching honors during his career with the Huskies. He was a GLIAC coach of the year five times and a two-time Great Lakes Region coach of the year.

Prior to his time with MTU, Borseth served as the head coach at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Mich., compiling a 72-45 record over three seasons. For his collegiate coaching career, including the three seasons at Gogebic CC, Borseth owns a 337-161 record for a 67.7 winning percentage.

Borseth graduated from Lake Superior State University in Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., in 1976 with a degree in business administration. While at LSSU, Borseth played for two seasons, helping the Soo Lakers to a 27-3 record and a 1975-76 NAIA championship berth. Prior to departing for LSSU, Borseth attended Gogebic Community College. During his two years at Gogebic, Borseth was an integral part of the Samson basketball team.

Born June 9, 1954, Borseth is a native of Bessemer, Mich. He and his wife, Connie, reside in Green Bay with their six-year old son KC, twin five-year old daughters Carlie and Kayla, and one-year-old daughter, Kaitlin. An avid outdoorsman, Borseth enjoys hunting, fishing and golf.

COLEMAN NAMED TO ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Senior Courtney Coleman was named to the Coors Classic all-tournament team. Coleman was solid offensively for Jim Foster’s Buckeyes by scoring 17 and 18 points against Villanova (Nov. 29) and Hartford (Nov. 30), respectively. The two-time second team all-Big Ten selection shot 16-18 from the field, was 3-for-4 from the free-throw line and collected 10 rebounds over the two nights. This was Coleman’s fourth time in as many events to be named to the all-tournament team. Coleman was also a member of the Great Alaska Shootout, WNIT and Women’s Sports Foundation Classic all-tournament teams.

TEAM EFFORT
For the second time this season, every Buckeye got on the scoreboard Saturday night in the consolation game of the Coors Classic in Boulder, Colo., against Hartford. Foster’s team also had every player score in the season opener at Duquesne Nov. 22.

SCORING RUNS
The Buckeyes took care of a business against Hartford on Saturday night in a fashion that is becoming par for the OSU team. A 20-0 run in the first half against the Hawks gave the Buckeyes control of the game and the squad never looked back. Ohio State also went on two scoring runs (21-0 each time) in the first half during the first couple games of the season over Duquesne (Nov. 22) and Wayne State (Nov. 26) to gain control of the contests.

WHERE THEY RANK
Three OSU players have found themselves ranked in the top three among conference leaders. Senior Courtney Coleman, who is shooting .857 (36-42) from the field, leads the leagues in field goal percentage. The next closest player is Minnesota’s Lindsay Whalen, who is shooting .677 (44-65). Coleman is also tied for third in the scoring category with 20.0 points an outing. Sophomore Ashley Allen ranks third with 6.75 assists a game and classmate Caity Matter is second in the Big Ten with 2.75 three-pointers made per game.

DOUBLES GALORE
Seniors Courtney Coleman and junior redshirt LaToya Turner will have their eyes set on continuing their solid play on the hardwood this season by racking up points and rebounds. Courtney Coleman has a total of 13 (6 sophomore year; 7 junior year) and Turner, who was injured the majority of last season, earned three during her freshman campaign and two before she was redshirted her sophomore year. Turner earned her fourth career (first of her junior year) double-double vs. Wayne State with 23 points and 11 caroms.

NEW LEADERSHIP
The Ohio State Buckeyes have new leadership for the 2002-03 season as Jim Foster takes over at the helm of the program. Foster, the seventh head coach at Ohio State, has 24 years of experience in women’s basketball at both St. Joseph’s (Pa.) University and Vanderbilt University. Throughout his coaching career, the Abington, Pa., native has posted a 504-225 record and has made 17 postseason appearances, including one NCAA Final Four, four Elite Eight and three Sweet Sixteen trips.

Foster most recently was at Vanderbilt, where he was the head coach for 11 years and posted a 256-99 record (.721), captured three postseason SEC tournament crowns, earned his 500th career victory last season and made back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances in 2001 and 2002. Foster’s entire Commodore coaching staff – Pete Gaudet, Kelley Meury and Chavonne Hammond – also will be new to the Ohio State program this year.

EUROPEAN TOUR
The Buckeyes were 5-0 against French and Swiss opponents during their 12-day tour through Europe. While abroad, the Buckeyes held a 28-point scoring margin of victory, averaged 74.4 points per game and held opponents to 45.8 points per contest on their way to an undefeated record overseas.

Senior Courtney Coleman and junior LaToya Turner paced the Buckeyes abroad with an average of 15.6 and 14.6 points an outing, respectively. Sophomore Ashley Allen showed her versatility by running the point, dishing out assists and averaging 8.6 points per game, including a 16-point effort against Martigny (Switzerland). Allen also earned five assists, four steals and two rebounds in the Martigny victory.

CREWS OUT INDEFINITELY
Unfortunately, the European trip came at a cost as sophomore Charisse Crews suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in her right knee while competing abroad with the Buckeyes during their trip through Europe. Crews went down Aug. 30 in Montreux, Switzerland, against Martigny (OSU’s third game of the trip) during the third quarter after scoring seven points that night. Crews underwent surgery in September and is out indefinitely.

MATTER ABROAD TWICE
Sophomore Caity Matter averaged 10 points an outing, including a 24-point effort in the final game, as a member of the 2002 Big Ten Foreign Tour team this summer, which earned a 5-0 record against Holland and Belgium opponents.

During the 2000-01 season, Matter was a starter until an injury caused her to miss a stretch of 16 games. She averaged 6.4 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field, 37 percent from three-point range and 88 percent from the free-throw line.

After fracturing her third metatarsal in her left foot during practice Nov. 11, 2001, Matter was granted a medical redshirt for the 2001-02 season.

HAYNAM TWICE THE ATHLETE
Junior Emily Haynam became a two-sport athlete when she joined the OSU soccer team as a goalkeeper last spring. Haynam was successful on the soccer field and garnered Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her shutout performances at Wisconsin (Oct. 18) and at Minnesota (Oct. 20). The Buckeye soccer team was defeated by Notre Dame, 3-1, in the first round of the program’s inaugural trip to the NCAA Tournament and went 10-11-1 for the season. Ohio State was 6-3 with Haynam in goal.

CHRISTENSON HERE TO STAY
Senior Erika Christenson was awarded another year of eligibility from the NCAA recently. The Ohio native (Fairborn) transferred from Indiana University last year and will begin competing for the Buckeyes in December. Christenson also will play for Ohio State during the 2003-04 season.

COLEMAN ENTERS ONE-THOUSAND POINT CLUB
During the 2001-02 season, current Buckeye senior forward Courtney Coleman joined the ranks of the 1,000-point club last season as the 21st-members inducted. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native broke through against Illinois Feb. 13, 2002.

LAST TIME OUT
VILLANOVA
The Ohio State women’s basketball team (2-1, 0-0) lost their first game of the season Friday night to Villanova (3-0, 0-0), 58-51, at the Coors Classic in Boulder, Colo. Senior Courtney Coleman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Hughes) scored 17 points (8-for-9), including 13 in the second half, and collected seven boards.

Junior LaToya Turner (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington) added 10 points, two blocked shots and five boards for the Buckeyes at the Coors Event Center. Senior DiDi Reynolds (Bascom, Ohio/Hopewell-Louden) controlled the boards for the Buckeyes by grabbing eight rebounds in addition to five points, four assists and one steal.

“Games like these bring into focus all the things you must do to be successful,” OSU head coach Jim Foster said. ” (Villanova) was very patient. We did things on the offensive end that caused us to turn it over. Our spacing was poor and we were in a hurry to get places. We need to figure out who we are and how we want to compete.”

Ohio State was up in the first half until the 10:36 mark when VU’s Kelly Nash hit a three-pointer at the top of the key to go up by one, 13-12, over the Buckeyes. For the next eight-and-a-half minutes, the Buckeyes and the Wildcats traded leads four more times until Villanova’s Courtney Mix scored the final two buckets of the half, which put her squad up by three (24-21) at the midway mark.

Senior Trish Juhline, who is averaging 17 points an outing for Villanova, was held to a three-pointer in the first half, but came alive in the second by matching her scoring average with 17 tallies, including nine of the team’s final 11 points. The Buckeyes went up one last time, 38-37, on a Reynolds trey from the left baseline. But the Wildcats answered on the very next play with a two-point runner by VU’s Jana Rediger and never looked back.

OSU gave a team effort in the first 20 minutes of play with sophomore Caity Matter (5), classmate Ashley Allen (4), Turner (4), Coleman (4), junior Tanya McClure (2) and senior D’wan Shackleford (2) all getting on the scoreboard for the Scarlet and Gray. Villanova’s Courtney Mix, a junior from Perrysburg, Ohio, scored eleven points in the first half to aid the Wildcats.

Foster’s Buckeyes shot 44.7 percent (21-47) compared to Villanova’s 40.4 (21-52) from the field and outscored the Wildcats’ 24-20 in the paint, 12-8 on second-chance buckets and 4-0 on fastbreak points.

HARTFORD
The Ohio State women’s basketball team avenged their loss to Villanova in the first round of the Coors Classic last night by beating Hartford, 77-49, Saturday night in the consolation game, held in the Coors Event Center on the Colorado University (Boulder, Colo.) campus. Senior Courtney Coleman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Hughes) led all scorers with 18 points (8-for-9) and sophomore Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) tallied 16 points, one shy of her career-high mark, off 4-for-7 shooting from behind the three-point line (5-8 overall). Coleman and Matter were each a perfect 2-2 from the free-throw line as well.

“Our effort tonight was more sustained (than last night’s game against Villanova),” Ohio State head coach Jim Foster said. “We did not have the patience necessary to play Villanova. We did not play collectively as a team. Tonight, we did a much better job. We were more aggressive and more vocal, which were two things that were not there last night.”

In a run-and-gun style of play, the Buckeyes converted 24 points off turnovers compared to the Hawks’ 11 points and out scored Hartford, 44-18, underneath the bucket. OSU had 14 fast break points, while the Hawks only scored four. Foster’s squad dished out 20 assists and grabbed 36 boards, while Jennifer Rizzotti’s team had seven assists and 21 rebounds for the night.

After two ties between the Buckeyes and the Hawks at 2 and 4 points to begin the game, Ohio State went on a 17-0 scoring run in the first half and never looked back. The team went to the locker room at the midway mark with a 42-26 lead, due in large part to senior Courtney Coleman’s perfect 6-for-6 shooting (12 points) and sophomore Caity Matter’s 3-for-5 stroke from behind the three-point line in the first 20 minutes of play. Hartford’s head coach Rizzotti, the 1996 Associated Press National Player of the Year and member of the 1995 undefeated national champion Connecticut squad, was slapped with a technical at the 13:09 mark in the first half.

Every OSU player scored tonight in Boulder, including another solid effort from senior DiDi Reynolds (eight points and four boards), eight points from sophomore point guard Ashley Allen (Indianapolis, Ind.) and seven points from junior LaToya Turner (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington). Reynolds, Allen and freshman Kim Wilburn (Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day) all contributed four assists to the Buckeye effort.