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Jan. 6, 2001

The Tip
The quest for a Big Ten win continues for the Ohio State Buckeyes who are wrapping up weekend play Sunday against the Northwestern Wildcats. OSU, 10-3 overall, lost its third league game Thursday at Michigan State (62-60), its second straight in the final seconds.

Northwestern is 4-8, 0-2 after losing to No. 10 Penn State Thursday, 92-54, in University Park, Pa.

Media Coverage
WBNS Radio 1460 (AM) The Fan serves as the flagship station for Ohio State women’s basketball, broadcasting over 53 statewide affiliates. Mark Wyant and former Buckeye Toni Roesch (1983-86) will deliver the live coverage. The game can also be heard on the Buckeyes’ internet broadcast by logging on to ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

The Series
Ohio State enjoys a 19-15 lead in the series that dates back to 1980.

In Columbus, the Buckeyes are 11-4 vs. the Wildcats but have struggled in Evanston, Ill., where Northwestern holds an 11-6 lead. On a neutal floor, Ohio State holds a 2-1 advantage. Last season, the two teams met just once, in Columbus, with the Buckeyes marking one of their largest league victories of the season, 61-35.

Last Season With Northwestern Date Outcome Site 2-13-00 W, 61 – 35 H

Dry Spell
An Ohio State victory in Welsh-Ryan Arena has been hard to come by. More than eight seasons have past since the Buckeyes posted a win on the Wildcast home floor, 76-66, on March 11, 1993.

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 206-124 (.624), is 56-42 (.571) as a Buckeye and 21-30 (.412) in league play.

Burns Against Northwestern
Ohio State head coach Beth Burns is 2-2 against Northwestern. Her two wins, at home, were posted by an average 21.5 points. On the road, the Buckeyes have lost by an average 11.5 points.

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.

Buckeye Headline…
Ohio State Loses Game and Turner At Michigan State
Ohio State lost its second consecutive game in the final seconds of play, this time 62-60, as the visitor at Michigan State. The loss drops the Buckeyes’ records to 10-3 overall and winless after three tries in the Big Ten. The Spartans improved to 7-6, 1-1.

The Buckeyes were led by reserve forward DiDi Reynolds (So., Portage, Ohio) with 14 points. Guard Jamie Lewis finished with 11 points and nine assists. Forward D’wan Shackleford (So., Newark, Ohio) paced the squad with nine rebounds.

Sophomore center LaToya Turner (Pickerington, Ohio) posted seven points over nine minutes of play in the first half before exiting the game permanently with a tear to her left knee ACL-graft and 6:32 to play.

Ohio State enjoyed a 10-point lead at halftime (41-31) but Michigan State stormed back from the start of the second half with Becky Cummings scoring six points in a 10-2 run that cut the lead to five, 48-43, and 15:25 remaining.

The Buckeyes stretched the lead back out to nine (54-45) but a second MSU rally, 11-2, capped by two free throws by reserve guard Christie Pung, evened the score at 56 with just over five minutes left.

Baskets by Lewis and Shackleford offset a Donita Johnson free throw to put OSU up by three (60-57) but Johnson, hitting her only trey of the game, tied things up again with just under three minutes to play. The Spartans capitalized off an OSU turnover with a put-back by Julie Pagel for the game-winning basket. Buckeye Courtney Coleman, going to the line with 2.9 seconds left, was unable to convert her two attempts. Two additional opportunities to score followed, both unsuccessful.

Pagel led two other Spartans in double figures with 17 points. She and three other teammates collected six rebounds each.

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 Thursday night.

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 last night’s 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 Friday by Ohio State’s chief orthopedic consultant Dr. Chris Kaeding, will undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

“Obviously, this is a big challenge for LaToya to face,” head coach Beth Burns said. “We will all pull together to support her through her surgery and subsequent rehab.

“As for our team, we’ve been faced with a lot of injuries of late. We will choose to face adversity in a positive manner, stay together and play with great effort.”

Turner, the 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, 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, has participated in a few practice drills over the past week, but will not play in Sunday’s game.

The 6-2 Bale stepped on a teammate’s foot in practice Nov. 26 and fractured her left fibula. Her recovery has been extended to eight weeks.

Northwestern Coach June Olkowski
Northwestern head coach June Olkowski (Rutgers, 1992) is in her second year at the helm. She has established a school record of 11-29 and is 159-167 over 12 years of coaching. She will be looking for her first win vs. Ohio State.

Scouting Northwestern
Eight of 11 players on the Northwestern roster have received a start this season. Sophomore guard Emily Butler is one of four starters back and the only Wildcat in double-figure scoring at 14.2 points per game. Butler and center Leslie Dolland, the squad leading rebounder (6.5 rpg) are the only two players to have started in every game.

Similar Foes
Ohio State and Northwestern faced the same non-conference foe earlier this season in Big West Conference opponent Long Beach State. The 49ers visited Columbus Dec. 3 and were pounded by the Buckeyes, 102-55. LBSU hosted Northwestern Dec. 15 and claimed a 91-77 victory.

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 threaded three treys vs. Michigan State (Jan. 4), extending her string of consecutive games with at least one trey to 15 (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.

Eye On The Prize
Forward Courtney Coleman (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) had a tough night at Michigan State (Jan. 4), shooting a dismal 40 percent (4-of-10 FGs) from the floor. Despite the off-night Coleman still reigns supreme in Big Ten Conference field goal shooting, averaging a 67.5 percent (54-of-80) from the floor.

Bombs Away
Forward DiDi Reynolds (Portage, Ohio) marked her third game in double-digit scoring this season vs. Michigan State (Jan. 4) with a team-leading 14 points. Reynolds, shot 67 percent from the three-point line, threading a career high four (of six) 3-pt. field goals.

Coleman On The Rebound
With Turner’s absense, Courtney Coleman reigns as the Buckeyes’ top rebounder, averaging 6.2 caroms per game but in the last four contests the Cincinnati (Ohio) Hughes High School alum has averaged 8.5 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 played 40 minutes in back-to-back games vs. Penn State (Dec. 31) and Michigan State (Jan. 4). Shenk has averaged 38 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. Center LaToya Turner paced the scoring effort in six games (Cleveland State, Seton Hall, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Akron, UCLA, Penn State) and guard Lauren Shenk has tallied two (Rhode Island, Bowling Green). Forwards Courtney Coleman (Valparaiso), 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 9.6 ppg with 13.2 ppg in the last five games. Brown came up short vs. MSU (Jan. 4) with six 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. That performance 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 nine at Michigan State (Jan. 4), bringing her total 510. Lewis needs another 53 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. Lewis has 154 for her career and is just two short of taking over the No. 9 all-time listing.

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 9. Marrita Porter 155 1995-99 10.Jamie Lewis 154 1998-

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.

Value City Is Tops
Value City Arena again ranks as one of the top venues in the country in women’s basketball attendance. The Buckeyes, who finished ninth nationally a year ago (7,277 per game), are averaging 6,495 fans per game which ranks eighth nationally among Division I institutions this season. The largest crowd of the season in Value City Arena, 7,527, enjoyed the Ohio State-Indiana matchup.

Next Time Out
Ohio State returns to Value City Arena Thursday (Jan. 11) hosting the Illinois Fighting Illini at 7 p.m.