Feb 12, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Caity Matter scored 24 of her 28 points in the first half, helping Ohio State earn a 75-57 victory Thursday night over No. 10 Minnesota, which lost leading scorer Lindsay Whalen to a wrist injury.

Whalen left the game with about 3 minutes to play in the first half after being knocked to the floor while going for an offensive rebound. The severity of her injury won’t be known until Friday, a Minnesota spokeswoman said.

The Buckeyes were ahead 32-16 when Whalen, who averages 21.4 points, went down. Ohio State easily built its lead without the Gophers’ best player on the floor.

Matter made 10 of 12 shots, including 4-of-5 3-pointers, in the first half to help the Buckeyes (14-8, 6-5 Big Ten) take a 43-18 lead at the break.

Ohio State shot 18-for-27 in the first half and 59.1 percent for the game, while the Golden Gophers went 7-for-26 before halftime and finished at 35.5 percent.

Janel McCarville led Minnesota (18-4, 7-4) with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Kadidja Andersson added 11 points and Whalen five.

Jessica Davenport had 13 points for Ohio State and LaToya Turner added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Ohio State took the lead for good with a 16-2 run that made it 25-11 with 7:42 left in the first half. Matter scored seven points in the surge on a jumper, a 3-pointer and a layup.

Minnesota didn’t get closer than 11 points after that. Ohio State led by as many as 28 points in the second half.