Nov. 19, 2003

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Friday, Nov. 21 – 7 p.m. EST
Value City Arena (19,200), Columbus, Ohio

Overall Series – OSU leads 20-0
Series at OSU- OSU leads 7-0*
*Information available beginning in 1973.

LAST FIVE MEETINGS Date OSU OU Place 1/2/84 89 + 62 H 12/17/94 79 + 52 H1 12/19/95 91 + 73 H 11/18/01 85 + 60 H 12/13/02 64 + 36 A 1Buckeye Classic

WOSU 820 AM/
Marty Bannister and Kristin Watt

Ohio State
G – 11 – Kim Wilburn, – 5-6, So.
G – 25 – Caity Matter, 5-9, Jr.
G – 01 – Brandie Hoskins, 5-9, Fr.
C – 50 – Jessica Davenport, 6-5, Fr.
F – 33 – Michelle Mu±oz, 6-0, So.
Off the Bench
F – 34 – Stephanie Blanton, 5-11, Fr.
G – 5 – Beth Howe, 5-9, Jr.

Ohio University
G – 24 – Candace Bates, 5-10, Sr.
G – 34 – Andrea Gay, 5-8, Sr.
G – 45 – Elizabeth Brown, 5-11, Jr.
F – 40 – Latreece Bagley, 5-11, Sr.
F – 00 – Erin Isbell, 5-10, Jr.
Off the Bench
G – 3 – Angel Hornsburger, 5-6, – Fr.
G – 14 – Andrea Johnson, 5-9, Jr.

No. 16/17 Ohio State tips off against the Bobcats of Ohio University at 7 p.m. in Value City Arena. This is the 20th meeting between the two schools; Ohio State has swept the series, which dates back to 1965, with 20 consecutive victories over Bobcat squads.

While Ohio has played two exhibition games, the contest vs. Ohio State in Value City Arena will mark the first of OU’s regular season. The Bobcats lost their first exhibition game to Athletes In Action, 82-63. Erin Isbell and Elizabeth Brown led the squad with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Isbell also notched 12 rebounds to round out her first double-double of the season. Ohio bounced back in the second non-counter of the season by trouncing the OGBM Legends team, 70-36. Isbell and Latreece Bagley netted 12 points and seven boards apiece for Ohio. Andrea Gay and Brown both led the team with eight rebounds each.

Lynn Bria, who is in her fifth season at Ohio, led the 2002-03 Bobcat squad to a 9-19 finish. As a collegiate head coach, Bria has posted a 118-162 record in 10 seasons and holds a 42-72 mark in four years at Ohio.

Bria came to Athens after three years at Central Florida, where she led the Golden Knights to a 50-36 record overall and an impressive 33-15 (.687) result in Trans America Athletic Conference play. She left the program as the second-winningest women’s basketball coach in school history. Bria was hired as an assistant at UCF in the summer of 1996 by then-head coach Jerry Richardson and had not yet begun working when Richardson was killed in an automobile accident. The tragedy left Bria as UCF’s interim head coach in her first season. Despite filling an unforeseen role, she posted a 13-15 record that first season and improved to 17-11 the following year.

A 1990 graduate of the University of Charleston (W.Va.), Bria took over the UCF program after spending three seasons as head basketball coach at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Before that, she served two seasons as an assistant coach at Marshall and was an assistant coach for one year at Radford.

A 1985 Charleston Catholic High School graduate, Bria is one of nine children born to Sam and Jo Nancy Bria. She is an active member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team beat Ohio University, 64-36, Dec. 13, 2002, at The Convo in Athens, Ohio. The Buckeyes lead by as many as 30 points at one point in the game and shot .500 from the field.

Then-sophomore Caity Matter opened up the game for Ohio State by draining the first three shots she took from beyond the arc. Matter outscored the entire Ohio University squad herself in the first half of play with 17 points in 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.

Former Ohio State forward D’wan Shackleford came off the bench and contributed four blocked shots, a game-high eight boards and 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half. In her first collegiate start, then-freshman Kim Wilburn scored a career-best 8 points off a perfect 4-for-4 night from the floor and a personal-best six assists along with four steals. Former Buckeye Courtney Coleman added eight points, all of which came in the second half.

Senior center LaToya Turner will miss the first game of the season vs. Ohio due to injury. Turner, the 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is expected to make a full recovery within the next few weeks.

While 10 Ohio players and nine Ohio State players hail from the state of Ohio, a pair of freshman share more in common. Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport and Ohio’s Angel Hornsburger were sharing the same uniform not too long ago. They both played at Columbus Independence High School and will commence their freshman year at the collegiate level on opposite sides of the court tonight.

Under first-year head coach Jim Foster, the Ohio State women’s basketball team compiled a 22-10 record, finished fourth in the Big Ten and ended the season ranked No. 20 in the final Associated Press poll, which was the highest of the season for OSU. (The Buckeyes spent six weeks in the AP poll throughout the season.) Ohio State was a perfect 14-0 at home for the first time since the 1992-93 season, became the eighth team in school history with a perfect home record, played two games in historic St. John Arena and made the first NCAA appearance for an OSU women’s basketball team since 1999. The Buckeyes, who earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament, won the opening round game against Weber State, 66-44, before falling to No. 5 Louisiana Tech on the Lady Techsters’ home court. Additionally, Ohio State made it to the Big Ten tournament championship game for the first time since 1994-95 by beating No. 5 Michigan State (71-55) and No. 1 Penn State (72-61) before losing to No. 3 Purdue, 67-65.

During the 2002-03 season, two Buckeye players were named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time since the 1994-95 season, Ohio State won an NCAA tournament game for the first time since 1996 and senior Courtney Coleman, a WBCA/Kodak All-America Honorable Mention selection, was drafted as the first pick of the second round to the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. Coleman won the NCAA field-goal percentage title and sophomore Caity Matter was given the 2003 Edward S. Steitz Award, which is awarded to the best 3-point shooter in the country. Additionally, Coleman, Matter and freshman Kim Wilburn were honored with a plethora of all-conference honors.

The 2003-04 Buckeyes are looking to build on last years successes under first-year head coach Jim Foster, who became the first Ohio State women’s coach to be named the Dispatch Ohio Women’s College Basketball Coach of the Year. The squad was a combined 22-10, including a perfect 14-0 record at home, earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament and made it to the Big Ten Tournament championship game. Last season, the Buckeyes said goodbye to three talented senior leaders in Kodak/WBCA Honorable Mention All-American and 13th overall WNBA draft pick Courtney Coleman, DiDi Reynolds, who ranks in the Top 10 on every Buckeye 3-point list, and Ohio State’s seventh-ranked steals leader D’wan Shackleford. Despite the losses, the future is bright for Foster’s second season in Columbus.

Ohio State has four returning starters, including two All-Big Ten selections in junior guard Caity Matter and sophomore point guard Kim Wilburn, along with four additional letterwinners. Additionally, newcomers sophomore transfer Michelle Mu±oz and freshmen Stephanie Blanton, Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins are sure to aid the Buckeyes in their pursuit of a Big Ten championship.

WNBA Minnesota Lynx forward Tamika Williams and Erin Wright were named assistant coach and director of basketball operations, respectively, for the Ohio State women’s basketball program over the summer. A student assistant for the Buckeyes last season, Williams’ primary duties will include on-the-floor coaching and recruiting responsibilities and Wright, who served as the director of basketball operations for two seasons at Vanderbilt under Foster, will be managing the day-to-day operations of Buckeye basketball, including travel, camp and schedule coordination.

Buckeye fans, tune to WOSU 820 AM for complete coverage of all Buckeye basketball games this season. Marty Bannister will replace Herb Howenstine, who moved to Texas last summer, as the play-by-play announcer. Color commentary duties will be shared by a trio of former Ohio State players in Alysiah Bond (1992-95), Toni Roesch (1983-86) and Kristin Watt (1983-85).

Freshmen Stephanie Blanton, Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins will be sporting Scarlet and Gray this year. Stephanie Blanton, the 2003 Dispatch/Agonis Club Co-Player of the Year, averaged 23.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks at Lancaster (Ohio) High School. Davenport, a 2003 McDonald’s All-American, averaged 17.1 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.1 blocks, 2.3 assists and shot 64 percent from the field last year at Independence (Columbus) High School. Hoskins, the 2003 Division II All-Ohio Player of the Year, tallied an average of 15.9 points and 6.0 rebounds at Chaminade-Julienne.

Tia Battle, a junior transfer from Vanderbilt University, also will join the Ohio State women’s basketball team this season. A six-foot guard/forward from Plymouth, Minn., she spent two seasons with the Commodores and started in 16-of-30 games, averaging 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 18.5 minutes per game last year. A 2001 Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year and 2000 NIKE All-American, Battle also was a three-time Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-America selection. Battle will sit out the 2003-04 campaign per NCAA transfer requirements, but will have two years of eligibility remaining when she begins competing with the Buckeyes next season.

Jim Foster’s 22-10 (.688) start is the best for a first-year head coach at Ohio State since Nancy Darsch went 22-6 (.786) in the 1985-86 season to begin her Ohio State tenure. (The best overall percentage for an Ohio State first-year coach belongs to Debbie Wilson, who went 15-1 (.938) in the 1972-73 season.) Foster, who was named the Dispatch Ohio Women’s College Basketball Coach of the Year, led the Buckeyes to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament and the squad earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which was the first trip to the tournament for a Buckeye team since 1999.

Senior Courtney Coleman left huge marks on the Ohio State program last year. She was named a regional NCAA Division I Kodak/WBCA Honorable Mention pick and earned sports on both the coaches and media 2003 Second Team All-Big Ten squads last year. Coleman, who entered the Ohio State 1,000-point club Feb. 13, 2002 at Illinois, is the best shooter in Ohio State history with a .603 (596-988) average from the field and accumulated a total of 1,540 points, which ranks ninth among Buckeye leaders. The team’s captain last year, she averaged 14.1 points and 6.7 rebounds. A three-time second-team all-conference selection, Coleman was ranked first nationally last season in the category of field-goal percentage and won the title with a .662 (184-278) mark. Among Buckeye career leaders, Coleman is ranked fifth with 771 career rebounds and is tied for the 13th spot in Buckeye history with 146 total steals.

Then-senior Courtney Coleman, then-sophomore Caity Matter and then-freshman Kim Wilburn were honored with All-Big Ten accolades last season. Coleman, a forward, was named to both the coaches and media all-league second teams. Matter, a guard, earned a spot on the media’s second-team and was named a coaches’ third-team selection. Wilburn, a point guard, was on the Coaches’ All-Freshman Team and also earned an honorable-mention all-conference nod from the media.

Two Buckeyes were honored for their play over the three days of the 2003 Big Ten Tournament. Then-sophomore Caity Matter, who averaged 16.7 points over the three games, and then-freshman Kim Wilburn, who averaged 13.3 points and 6.7 assists, were both named to the 2003 All-Tournament Team. The two were major factors in No. 4-seed Ohio State’s run to the title game of the Big Ten Tournament, including a victory over top-seeded Penn State.

Point guard Kim Wilburn set two new records among Ohio State freshmen leaders last season. The Southfield, Mich., native distributed seven assists vs. Weber State and became the record holder for assists by an Ohio State freshman. Wilburn’s 168 dishes took the place of Jamie Lewis, who distributed 159 assists during the 1997-98 season. Wilburn also accumulated 92 steals last year, including two at Minnesota Feb. 16, which earned her the record for steals by an Ohio State freshman. Martha Baker previously owned the mark for most steals by a rookie Buckeye with 71, which was set during the 1975-76 season. Additionally, Wilburn led the Big Ten with 2.88 swipes per game last season.

Caity Matter, who led the conference with 3.31 3-pointers made per game last year, drained a total of 106 treys during 2002-03. The Bluffton, Ohio, drained four 3-pointers against Michigan Feb. 27, which upped her then-season total to 90 shots made from downtown and gave her sole possession of the record for treys drained by a Buckeye in a single season. The record was previously held by Marcie Alberts, who sank 86 shots from behind the 3-point line during the 1996-97 season. Prior to the Michigan game, Matter nailed three treys against Purdue Feb. 23, which brought her then-season total to 86 and tied Alberts’ record. Additionally, Matter shattered the sophomore record for 3-pointers in one season, which was 51, earlier in the season. Matter also tied a single-game mark held by former All-American Katie Smith for 3-pointers nailed when she hit seven at Wisconsin Jan. 16.

Two times during the 2002-03 regular season the Buckeyes hosted games in historic St. John Arena and the tradition will continue this season. The Dec. 18 contest against Wright State and the Feb. 19 Northwestern game will both be held in the former long-time home of Buckeye hoops. Additionally, Ohio State and St. John Arena will play host to the 2004 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship First- and Second-Round Games March 20 and 22. Tickets for all women’s basketball games and for all other Ohio State athletics events can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS.

Last season, Ohio State faced then-No. 17/18 Texas Jan. 5 and Big Ten foe Michigan Feb. 27 in St. John. Ohio State beat the Longhorns, 70-66, and wrapped up the regular-season portion of their schedule with a 70-55 victory over the Wolverines.