Dec. 18, 2002

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The Ohio State Buckeyes survived a second-half scare against Virginia and pulled out a 73-60 win tonight in Value City Arena. Senior Courtney Coleman had a strong night with a game-high 19 points and nine boards. Junior LaToya Turner, sophomore Ashley Allen and senior D’wan Shackleford added 16, 14 and 10 points, respectively.

“A program (like Virginia) that has made it to the NCAA tournament in the past 11 years is going to show desperate streaks in winning a game,” Ohio State head coach Jim Foster said. “In the last 3:15 we became a team, executed and won the basketball game.”

The Buckeyes dominated the first 20 minutes of play and went to the locker room with a 43-19 advantage. Ohio State’s scoring effort was distributed evenly in the first half with Turner and Allen each netting 10 points and Coleman and Shackleford adding seven points apiece.

The Cavaliers started the second half on an 11-0 run, which was eventually snapped 5:04 into the second period by a Shackleford lay-up. Ohio State went flat as UVA continued to fight against their hosts and hover around a Buckeye ten point lead most of the half. Ultimately, the Cavaliers pulled to within one point off a jumper by LaTonya Blue, who scored all 11 of her points in the second half.

However, Foster’s team answered in the final three minutes of play. Coleman hit a layup to send her squad up by three 20 seconds after Blue’s bucket pulled Virginia within one. A one-point margin was the closest UVA had been to OSU since the score was 3-2. Turner subsequently nailed three shots in a row and Allen and Coleman each drained a pair of free throws to pull away from the Cavaliers. Notably, UVA’s Brandi Teamer scored all 18 of her points in the second half.

Freshman Kim Wilburn, who started in her third consecutive game for the Buckeyes, and sophomore Caity Matter were a combined 5-for-6 from the foul line to end the game and solidify the Ohio State victory. Matter ended up with six points and Wilburn tallied five scores.

The Buckeyes play host to Youngstown State at 7 p.m. Friday night (Dec. 20).