Dec. 17, 2002

Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to Ohio State senior guard Brent Darby. Darbybroke the 30-point barrier for the second time in his last threegames to re-capture the Big Ten scoring lead and earn Big TenConference Player of the Week honors for the first time in hiscareer. He poured in 30 points on 69 percent (11-16) shooting,including hitting 5 of 7 3-point attempts, to lead the Buckeyespast Morehead State (74-60). Darby tied the Ohio State Value CityArena scoring record with his 30-point outburst and set threecareer-bests with 11 field goals, five 3-pointers and four steals.He also is ranked either first or second in the league in assists(T2nd, 5.00), steals (2nd, 2.20) and 3-point field goal percentage(T1st, .600). The Detroit-native has also been an iron man on thecourt, playing all 40 minutes in each of the first four games ofthe season before posting “only” 36 minutes in the victory vs.Morehead State. Women’s ice hockey junior defenseman Emma Laaksonenwas named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)defensive player of the week for the week ending Dec. 15.Laasksonen scored two goals in the 4-0 shutout Saturday. Laaksonenaided the Buckeye penalty-killing unit, which held Princetonscoreless on all seven power plays last weekend. She is averaging1.00 points per game, seventh in the nation among defensemen. Sheranks second in points on the Buckeye squad with 16 overall.

Good Stuff

Women’s volleyball (21-11) lost 0-3 to No. 2 Stanford in theNCAA Pacific Regional Semifinals. Stacey Gordon had a match-high 19kills and added nine digs and three ace serves in the 24-30, 25-30,27-30 loss. Gordon was named to the Pacific Regional All-TournamentTeam. OSU’s Katie Virtue injured her knee in the Wednesday practiceprior to the Thursday match and was unavailable for the match. TheNo. 12-ranked men’s hockey team extended its winning streak to fourwith a two-game sweep of Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend. OSU beatthe Mavericks 4-1 in the opener and 3-1 in the finale. The squadwas led by R.J. Umberger, who had two goals, including bothgamewinners, in each game. The Buckeyes (12-4-1, 9-2-1 CCHA) headinto a two-week break in second place in the CCHA, just one pointbehind league-leader Ferris State. OSU will return to actionagainst Massachusetts in the Everblades College Classic Dec. 28 inEstero, Fla. The women’s ice hockey team split the series againstNo. 8 Princeton last weekend in Princeton, N.J. The Buckeyes heldPrinceton to one goal in the loss Friday. OSU came back to defeatthe Tigers 4-0 Saturday. The shutout was the second for theBuckeyes this season. The Buckeyes outshot the Tigers 21-13 Fridayand 28-20 Saturday. Ohio State held Princeton scoreless on allseven of its power-play opportunities last weekend. Ohio State istaking a two-week break from play during the holidays. The Buckeyeswill return to action with a two-game road trip. OSU facesDartmouth at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. TheBuckeyes then travel to Canton, N.Y., where they will take on St.Lawrence at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at Appleton Arena in Canton, N.Y. Men’sgymnastics team will gain experience at 2 p.m. Friday in St. JohnArena, the site of the 2003 Big Ten Championship during the annualGroup Intersquad Scrimmage. The next event for the Buckeyes is theAlumni vs. Varsity Scrimmage at 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at the SteelwoodAthletic Training Facility. It will be the last exhibition eventbefore the team travels to Las Vegas to compete in the Windy CityInvitational Jan. 11. Women’s basketball earned two victories lastweek by winning at Ohio, 64-36, Friday night and beating No. 19/24Arizona, 94-65, in Columbus Sunday afternoon. Sophomore CaityMatter opened up the game at Ohio by draining the first three shotsshe took from beyond the arc. Matter outscored the entire OhioUniversity squad herself in the first half of play with 17 pointsin 16 minutes. Matter finished the night with 19 points (7-9 FG,4-5 3FG, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two steals and no turnovers.Senior D’wan Shackleford came off the bench and contributed fourblocked shots, a game-high eight boards and 15 points, 13 of whichcame in the second half. In her first collegiate start, freshmanKim Wilburn scored a career-best 8 points off a perfect 4-for-4night from the floor and a personal-best six assists along withfour steals. Senior Courtney Coleman added 8 points, all of whichcame in the second half. In the Arizona game, senior DiDi Reynoldsscored a season-high 11 points off 4-of-8 shooting, including2-of-5 from behind the three-point line. Ohio State outreboundedArizona 37-28 and with that mark, the Buckeyes have beaten everyopponent on the boards this season. LaToya Turner earned acareer-high five assists. She also recorded her seconddouble-double of the season (seventh career) with 14 points and 12rebounds against the Wildcats. Freshman Kim Wilburn recorded hersecond consecutive start for the Buckeyes and dished out acareer-best eight assists. Men’s basketball team faces its thirdTop 5 opponent of the season when the Buckeyes travel to face No. 4Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be televisedlocally on WBNS 10 TV. Ohio State then returns home for a 5-gamehomestand, beginning with a 7 p.m. game against Seton Hall Saturdayat Value City Arena.

The following is a list of Ohio State athletics events, both home and away, for the upcoming week.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Monday, Dec. 16 – Sunday, Dec. 22
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Dec. 17
No events scheduled

Wednesday, Dec. 18
Women’s Basketball vs. Virginia, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena

Men’s Basketball at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Thursday, Dec. 19
No events scheduled

Friday, Dec. 20
Men’s Gymnastics/Intersquad, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Women’s Basketball vs. Youngstown State, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena

Saturday, Dec. 21
Men’s Basketball vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena

Sunday, Dec. 22
No events scheduled