May 4, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – Brandie Hoskins, an All-Big Ten honoree with the Ohio State women’s basketball team in 2004-05, was presented with an Academic Achievement award Tuesday by the university athletic counsel during its monthly meeting at the Ohio State golf course.

Hoskins, a sophomore who has shown significant academic improvement in her studies at Ohio State, was presented the honor by women’s basketball athletics academic counselor Teri Casperson.

“The award is a big accomplishment for me,” Hoskins said. “It is a great honor for me. I want to be a scholar-athlete and I have worked hard to get my GPA (Grade Point Average) higher. This is something that will help me continue to work hard in the classroom.”

Casperson, who also works with the OSU men’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, and pistol teams, has seen Hoskins blossom into a solid student-athlete in her two years at Ohio State.

“With hard work and active engagement in her classes, Brandie is experiencing academic success and is well on her way toward earning her OSU degree.” Casperson said.

Jim Foster, who will enter his fourth season as Ohio State women’s basketball head coach in 2005-06, has seen each of his players in 27 seasons of Division I coaching earn their degrees. In addition, more than 30 former players have gone on to pursue graduate degrees. At Ohio State, Foster’s 2002-03 team produced four OSU Scholar-Athletes. The number increased to six in 2003-04 and 2004-05. In each of his first two seasons, three Buckeyes were named to academic All-Big Ten squads. In 2004-05, that number increased to five league academic honorees.