Overall Series – Ohio State leads, 1-0
Series at OSU- First Meeting
Last meeting Date OSU PENN Place 12/29/93 82 63 N (Gator Classic)
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Marty Bannister and Kristin Watt
OHIO STATE PROBABLE STARTERS
G 11 Kim Wilburn, 5-6, So.
G 25 Caity Matter, 5-9, Jr.
G 01 Brandie Hoskins, 5-9, Fr.
C 32 LaToya Turner, 6-3, Sr.
F 34 Stephanie Blanton, 5-11, Fr.
PENN PROBABLE STARTERS
F 20 Jewel Clark, 5-10, Sr.
F 23 Cat Makarewich, 6-0, Jr.
C 54 Jennifer Fleischer, 6-3, So.
G 12 Amanda Kammes, 5-7, Jr.
G 22 Mikaelyn Austin, 5-8, Sr.
OHIO STATE VS. ST. JOHN’S RECAP
The No. 17/18 Ohio State women’s basketball team (6-1, 0-0 Big Ten) opened The 2003 Wonder/Hostess Buckeye Classic with a 67-53 win over St. John’s (4-5, 0-0 Big East), Saturday afternoon in Value City Arena. Michelle Muoz (So.; Mason, Ohio/Mason) and Candace Dark (So.; Kingman, Ind./Fountain Central) set career-high marks with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Freshman Stephanie Blanton (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) was the leading rebounder for Ohio State with six boards.
The Buckeyes led the majority of the game, but St. John’s was able to bring the game to less than 10 points twice in the second half. The Red Storm’s Angie Clark and Danielle Chambers hit back-to-back buckets to pull SJU within six points (37-31) at 14:28. Dark and Muoz sank two 3-pointers to reestablish the Buckeye lead, 43-31, with 10:37 left. St. John’s Secrett Stubblefield nailed a 3-pointer and a layup to bring her squad to within seven (43-36) with 9:43 to go in the game. The Buckeyes reestablished the lead with an 11-4 scoring run and went up 54-40 with 6:49 to go, but St. John’s Kim Mac Millan hit a shot from downtown and Clark sank two free throws with just under five minutes remaining to pull the Red Storm to within seven points (56-49) once again. Ohio State responded by holding St. John’s scoreless during the next four minutes and racking up 11 points to secure the 22nd consecutive victory in Columbus for the Buckeye program. The 11-point scoring run to close the game was capped by a Caity Matter (Jr.; Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) 3-pointer at the 1:20 mark.
Ohio State opened the game with a 7-0 run and led by as many as 17 points at the 5:26 and 2:50 marks in the first half. St. John’s would not give up and outscored the Buckeyes 7-0 to close the half. Clark and Stubblefield combined for the seven points that brought the score to 31-21 at the midway mark.
Senior LaToya Turner (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington) and rookie Brandie Hoskins (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne) scored eight points apiece, Matter tallied seven points and freshman Jessica Davenport (Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Independence) and junior Beth Howe (Jackson, Ohio/Jackson) netted six points. Blanton ended with five scores and junior Ashley Allen (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) scored four points to round out the Buckeye scoring effort.
St. John’s was led by Clark, who had a double-double with 12 rebounds and 15 points. Mac Millan and Stubblefield scored 14 and 10 points, respectively.
OHIO STATE VS. ST. JOHN’S NOTES
The Buckeyes continued their unbeaten home record today vs. St.John. Under Jim Foster, Ohio State is 20-0 in Columbus dating backto the beginning of the 2002-03 season. Additionally, the currentBuckeye win streak is 22-consecutive games, dating back to thefinal two games of the 2001-02 season. The Buckeyes 22-consecutivehome victories ranks second in Ohio State women’s basketballhistory. The longest home winning streak is 26 games, which beganin the January of the 1987 season and lasted until December of1988. Ohio State held the Red Storm to 21 points in the first 20minutes of play, St. John’s lowest output in the first half allseason. Sophomore Candace Dark tied her career-best of six pointsin the first half of play. She ended the afternoon with apersonal-best 11 points. She also dished a personal-high fourassists. Sophomore Michelle Muoz scored a personal-best 12 pointsoff a 5-for-7 night, including 2-for-4 from the 3-point line.Freshman Brandie Hoskins earned a career-high three steals. Juniorshooting guard Caity Matter has made a 3-pointer in 31 consecutivegames. Her streak dates back to Dec. 20, 2002 vs. Youngstown State.Today she hit her only trey of the game in the final minutes of thegame.