Athletes of the Week

Women’s swimming freshman Griet Buelens (Kapelle,Belgium/Ursulinen Mechelen) was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Weekfor the week of Dec. 20, the conference announced Tuesday. Buelenswas outstanding in the Buckeyes’ win over Denver at the FloridaAtlantic Invite Dec. 18. Against the Pioneers, Buelens was atriple-event winner, touching the wall first in the 100- and200-yard freestyle events with times of 52.97 and 1:52.69,respectively. She also was first in the 200-yard butterfly with atime of 2:03.75 and helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team withits first-place finish (1:38.26). Terence Dials was named the BigTen Player of the Week in men’s basketball after 18.5 points and8.5 rebounds in wins over Texas Tech and Morehead State. Dials, ajunior center from Youngstown, Ohio, recorded a double-double inDallas against the Red Raiders with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a77-71 victory. He followed that effort with 20 points and sevenboards Sunday in a 74-48 victory over Morehead State. Dials shot 61percent from the field (14-23) while adding three blocks and threesteals while helping the Buckeyes improve to 8-2 on the year.

Athletics Good Stuff

Women’s volleyball Stacey Gordon was named the AmericanVolleyball Coaches Association Co-National Player of the Year atthe AVCA All-American/Player of the Year Banquet last Friday inLong Beach, Calif. She shares the honor with Stanford’s OgonnaNnamani. The No. 7/10 women’s basketball team gave No. 24 Oregonits first loss of the season with a 73-58 victory Saturday night atMcArthur Court. The Buckeyes were led by senior Caity Matter, whoscored 19 points, collected a season-high seven rebounds and hitone 3-pointer to tie the Buckeye record for career treys. Matter’s218 3-pointers ties former two-time All-American and currentstudent assistant Katie Smith’s mark. Teammate Jessica Davenport,who only played 26 total minutes because of foul trouble, scored 12points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her second double-double of theseason. Brandie Hoskins and Ashley Allen added 11 and 10 points,respectively. Allen grabbed a season-best seven rebounds and tiedher season-high with six assists in the win.

The Buckeyes play host to No. 17/20 UCLA at 7 p.m. tonight in Value City Arena.

Terence Dials was named the Big Ten Player of the Week in men’sbasketball after 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in wins over TexasTech and Morehead State. Dials, a junior center from Youngstown,Ohio, recorded a double-double in Dallas against the Red Raiderswith 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 77-71 victory. He followed thateffort with 20 points and seven boards Sunday in a 74-48 victoryover Morehead State. Dials shot 61 percent from the field (14-23)while adding three blocks and three steals while helping theBuckeyes improve to 8-2 on the year. The team is back in actionWednesday against Mercer at Value City Arena. Tip time is 8 p.m.The game will be televised locally on WBNS Ch. 10. The synchronizedswimming team opened the season with a 40-22.5 win over Florida ina figures meet held Sunday. Sophomore Becky Kim took first-placehonors in the `A’ figures event with a score of 82.364. Brooke Paulwon `B’ figures with a mark of 73.176 and senior Mary Elliottplaced first in `C’ figures, recording 68.539. The Buckeyes willplay host to the OSU Tri-Meet Jan. 17 at the Varsity Pool inLarkins Hall. The women’s swimming team participated in a quad-dualmeet last Saturday at Florida Atlantic University. The Buckeyesdefeated the University of Denver, the only team they competedagainst, 151 – 137. Freshman Griet Buelens won the 100-yardfreestyle and the 200-yard butterfly. Sophomore Gulsah Gunenc alsoplaced first taking the100-yard butterfly. The Buckeyes return toaction January 8 against Big Ten competitor Indiana at the MikePeppe Aquatic Center. A Toys for Tots Night was held at the men’shockey game Dec. 4. At the event, Buckeye fans donated over 450toys and $676.15 was raised for the cause. The No.10/11 men’shockey team will return to action in the Ohio Hockey Classic Dec.29-30 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Dec. 29, Ohio State willface Minnesota State at 5:05 p.m., followed by Miami againstColorado College at 8:05 p.m. Dec. 30, the RedHawks and Maverickswill meet at 5:05, with the Buckeyes taking on the Tigers at 8:05p.m. Tickets are $11 a day and can be purchased throughticketmaster outlets, at the Nationwide Arena box office and at theChillers around Columbus. The wrestling team (1-3, 0-0 Big Ten)opened its home schedule Saturday at St. John Arena with a pair ofdual matches against Virginia Tech and No. 13 Missouri. TheBuckeyes dropped both meets by a 29-12 score to the Hokies in thefirst match and by a 33-6 count in the finale against the Tigers.

Sophomore J.D. Bergman finished the day with a perfect 2-0 record, which included his first pin of the season against Virginia Tech. In his second bout, Bergman used a late takedown to claim a 3-1 victory with less than 15 seconds in regulation. Several Buckeyes recorded their first wins at home, including freshman T.J. Enright at 133 and juniors Steve Wolery at 149 and Nathaniel Augustson at 174.

The Buckeyes resume action at the 42nd annual Midlands tournament Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill.

Former men’s basketball forward Frank Howard will join the 2005coaching staff of the Columbus Clippers as the outfield coordinatorand first base coach. Howard, born and raised in Columbus and agraduate of South High School, averaged 17.4 points and 14.4rebounds per game for his career and was an All-American in 1957and All-Big Ten in 1957 and 1958.

Drafted by the Lakers, Howard chose professional baseball. He was the National League Rookie of the Year with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1960. Howard led the American League in home runs in 1968 (48) and 1970 (44) as a member of the Washington Senators. He also led the league in RBI (126) in 1970. After his 15-year major league career, Howard began his long coaching career. The former interim-manager of the Clippers in 2002 has also managed the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets. Last season, he was a special assistant to baseball operations for the New York Yankees.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Dec. 21 – Sunday, Jan. 2
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Dec. 21
Women’s Basketball vs. UCLA, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, Dec. 22
Men’s Basketball vs. Mercer, 8 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, Dec. 28
Men’s Basketball vs. New Hampshire, 8 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, Dec. 29
Ohio Hockey Classic
Ohio State vs. Minnesota State – 5:05 p.m.
Miami vs. Colorado College – 8:05 p.m.
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Football vs. Oklahoma State, 8 p.m.
Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, Texas

Wrestling at Midlands Tournament
Evanston, Ill.

Thursday, Dec. 30
Ohio Hockey Classic
Miami vs. Minnesota State – 5:05 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Colorado College – 8:05 p.m.
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Basketball at Penn State, 8 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Wrestling at Midlands Tournament
Evanston, Ill.

Friday, Dec. 31
Men’s Basketball vs. St. Joseph’s, 6 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, Jan. 2
Men’s Gymnastics Varsity Exhibition, 2 p.m.
Steelwood Athletic Training Facility, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Basketball vs. Purdue, 2 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio