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January 5, 1999%^$

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior forward Michaela Moua scored a season-high 19 points and freshman guard Lauren Shenk tied her career scoring high with 17 points as No. 23 Ohio State knocked off Wisconsin, 70-55, in the first-ever Big Ten Conference women’s game in Value City Arena tonight.%^$

%^$Ohio State, improving to 10-3 overall, tops the league standings at 3-0, its best start since the 1992-93 season, a year in which the Buckeyes finished national runners-up.%^$

%^$Shenk scored nine points in an 11-2 Buckeye run early in the second half, breaking open a tie game (32 all) to allow Ohio State a 43-34 lead with 16:48 remaining. Moua was solid in the second stanza as well, where she registered 14 of her 19 points.%^$

%^$Freshmen Kyle Black and Jessie Stomski each scored 13 points to pace the Badgers (7-6, 2-2), who closed to within seven, 57-50, with 7:30 remaining in the contest. Shenk drilled a trey to answer the run, keying a 9-0 run to give the Buckeyes their biggest lead, 66-50, with 5:53 left on the clock. Wisconsin never threatened again.%^$

%^$Marrita Porter added 12 points and six rebounds for Ohio State. LaTonya Sims added 11 points for Wisconsin. %^$

%^$The game was close throughout a first half that featured 13 lead changes and four ties. Ohio State grabbed the lead back on a three-pointer by senior forward Larecha Jones with four seconds to play, giving the Buckeyes a 30-29 lead at intermission. %^$

%^$Ohio State returns to action on Friday, hosting Illinois (9-5, 3-1) at 7:30 p.m. in Value City Arena. %^$