Feb. 15, 2003

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No. 22/24 Ohio State (17-6; 8-4 Big Ten) tips off against No. 17/18 Minnesota (18-4; 7-4 Big Ten) at 4 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 16, in Williams Arena (Minneapolis, Minn.). This is the second time in four games and the 45th matchup overall between the Buckeyes and the Golden Gophers.

The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Gophers 38-6, including eight of the last nine contests. Ten days prior to this meeting, Ohio State was victorious over Minnesota, 66-58, in Value City Arena.

Ten days ago (Feb. 6), the then-No. 25 Ohio State women’s basketball team (16-5, 7-3 Big Ten) upset then-No. 15/16 Minnesota (16-4, 5-4 Big Ten), 66-58, in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes used a late scoring run to capture the win over the Gophers and moved to 16-5 overall, 7-3 in Big Ten play and a perfect 11-0 home record. Senior forward Courtney Coleman and freshman point guard Kim Wilburn each added 18 points and sophomore guard Caity Matter tallied 14 scores to lead the Buckeyes.

With 12:36 to go in the game, Coleman hit a layup for the fourth tie of the game at 39. While no player scored for nearly two-and-a-half minutes, the Buckeyes began inching their way past the Gophers and eventually went on a 22-6 scoring run to cap their biggest lead of the night at 16 points after a Matter layup. Coleman scored eight points and Matter tallied five during the Buckeyes’ decisive scoring sequence to close the contest.

Neither the Buckeyes nor the Gophers took complete control of the first half, as there were two ties and four lead changes in the initial 20 minutes. The Buckeyes found themselves up by four points (10-6) after a Matter 3-pointer three minutes into the contest, but Minnesota answered with a 13-4 run behind Janel McCarville, who racked up nine boards and nine points in the first half. The Gophers entered halftime with a four point-lead after Ohio State’s Wilburn drained her first 3-pointer while wearing Scarlet and Gray at the buzzer. The Southfield, Mich., native had 12 points in the first half.

Coleman, who is leading the nation in field-goal percentage, was 7-of-8 and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Wilburn’s career-best 18 points came of an 8-for-10 stroke from the field and she also added seven assists. Matter, who was leading the Big Ten with 3-pointer made per game entering the game, hit her final two treys at opportune times for the Buckeyes. She pulled her squad to within three points with 17:13 left and eventually sent Ohio State up by 10, which was the first double-digit lead of the game for either team, with 3:55 left on the game clock.

Sophomore Ashley Allen and junior LaToya Turner added seven points apiece. Allen swiped a career-high five steals tonight.

Minnesota’s Lindsey Whalen, who was ranked second in the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game, was held to two points in the first half and five tallies overall. McCarville earned her 11th career double-double with 15 points and 12 caroms. Corrin Von Wald scored 12 points and Shannon Schonrock added nine points for Minnesota.

No. 16/17 Minnesota is 18-4 overall and 7-4 in conference play. They are tied with Michigan State for fourth place in the league entering today’s game with the Buckeyes. All of their losses have come in conference play and the last time they fell to a team was against Ohio State in Value City Arena ten days ago.

Minnesota is led by first-year head coach Pam Borton. Three Golden Gophers players average double digits (Lindsay Whalen – 21.8; Corrin Von Wald – 15.5; and Janel McCarville – 11.6). McCarville is the team’s high rebounder with an 8.6 average.

As of Feb. 14 it is undecided whether McCarville will play in the Buckeye game after suffering a concussion vs. Indiana Feb. 9 and subsequently missing the Northwestern game.

The Golden Gophers score the most points per game (80.2) among conference leaders and their .515 (655-1272) shooting percentage is also the best in the Big Ten.

First-year Golden Gopher head coach Pam Borton, a Fayette, Ohio, native, was named the new Minnesota women’s basketball coach on May 24, 2002. Borton is the seventh head coach in the 29-year history of the Golden Gopher women’s basketball program.

Prior to joining the ranks at Minnesota, Borton spent five years at Boston College as an assistant coach. She was promoted to associate head coach her final two seasons with the Eagles.

She served as BC’s recruiting coordinator and helped the Eagles to a 102-51 record, including NCAA Tournament berths in 1999, 2000 and 2002.

Borton was the head coach at the University of Vermont from 1993-97 before moving to Boston. In her four years at Vermont, she led the Catamounts to a 69-46 (.667) record, a North Atlantic Conference championship, and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1994.

Ohio State women’s basketball player Courtney Coleman was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Feb. 10. Coleman, a senior forward form Cincinnati, Ohio, was a major force behind the Buckeye’s two victories over then-No. 15/16 Minnesota (66-58) and Wisconsin (63-40) in Value City Arena.

Coleman, who has lead the country all year in the category of field goal percentage for both men and women, averaged 17.0 points off a combined 14-of-22 effort from the field. Coleman was 7-of-8 vs. the Gophers, played 35 minutes in each game and averaged 8.5 boards an outing. Her nine-rebound effort against a much taller Wisconsin team, who started three players standing at 6-7, 6-5 and 6-3, led the game and her eight boards vs. the Gophers was a Buckeye high mark. Additionally, Coleman was a combined 6-of-8 from the line over the two games.

This is the first such honor for Coleman, who had found her way into the Buckeye record books throughout her four-year tenure at Ohio State.

Junior forward LaToya Turner suffered a radial head fracture in her left arm and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks. The injury occurred during the Minnesota game Feb. 6 in Value City Arena.

A starter for first-year head coach Jim Foster’s Buckeye squad and the 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Turner was averaging 8.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 26.0 minutes of action per game. A native of Pickerington, Ohio, Turner was redshirted last season after having arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 11. She also missed the majority of the 2000-01 season after Jan. 12 surgery for a torn ACL in her left knee.

After a 63-40 victory over Wisconsin, Ohio State moved to 12-0 overall in Columbus. That home mark is the best for a Buckeye squad since the 1992-93 team went 16-0 and defended St. John Arena. The Buckeyes are one of three Big Ten teams with unblemished records at home (Penn State, Purdue) and one of five (Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State and Minnesota) that own perfect conference marks at home.

So, how have they done it? First year head coach Jim Foster and his coaching staff have been perfect in Columbus by beating: Wayne State (100-57), then-No. 19/24 Arizona (84-65), Virginia (73-60), Youngstown State (76-45), Austin Peay (76-60), Northwestern (82-49), then-No. 17/18 Texas (70-66), Michigan State (70-65), Illinois (82-74), Iowa (74-59), then-No. 15/16 Minnesota (66-58) and Wisconsin (63-40).

As of Feb. 10, the Buckeyes were ranked fourth in the country and second in the league with a .500 (597-1193) shooting average. (Ohio State moved to .498 after their loss at Michigan State Thursday night.) They were one of two Big Ten teams and one of four teams throughout the country that make at least half the shots they take per outing.

As of Feb. 10, senior Courtney Coleman and sophomore Caity Matter were leading the country with their shooting percentages. Coleman was atop of the field-goal percentage list with a .711 (138-194) stroke and not only was she the best female shooter in the country, the six-foot-one-forward’s mark also led the Division I men. As of the last NCAA rankings, Matter had the best 3-point stroke in the country with a .484 (74-153) average. After the Michigan State contest, Coleman’s average is .712 and Matter’s is .482.

Not only are these two Buckeyes the leading scorers for Ohio State – Matter averages 16.1 and Coleman averages 14.8 – but these two women also hold the top spots in Ohio State history. Coleman’s .609 (553-908) career percentage ranks her as the best field-goal shooter in Buckeye history and Matter’s .456 (98-215) is the best among OSU record holders from 3-point land.

Ohio State remained in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings for the third consecutive week. They are ranked 22nd, the highest rank for an Ohio State team under the guidance of first-year head coach Jim Foster.

The Buckeyes debuted at No. 23 Jan. 6 after a 70-66 victory over then-No. 17/18 Texas Jan. 5 in St. John Arena. That ranking was a first for an Ohio State squad since Jan. 25, 1999. The Buckeyes jumped back into the Associated Press Top 25 rankings two weeks ago at the No. 23 spot.

Ohio State debuted in the ESPN/USAToday Coaches Poll at No. 24 this week.

Freshman Kim Wilburn is only one steal away from owning the record for steals by a Buckeye freshman. The Southfield, Mich., native has earned 70 total steals 23 games into her rookie campaign. Martha Baker holds the record for steals by a Buckeye freshman with 71, which was set during the 1975-76 season.

Wilburn ranks first in conference games with 3.8 steals per game and is third in all outings among Big Ten leaders with 3.04 swipes per game.

The Ohio State vs. Minnesota game could turn into an old fashioned shoot out today. While the Gophers hold an overall shooting advantage with a .515 stroke (which ranks first in the league) the Buckeyes lead in Big Ten competitions with a .478 shooting average. In each category, the opposite team holds the second-place slot among league leaders.

Ohio State is ranked first in the Big Ten with 10.65 swipes per outing. The Buckeyes are led by frosh Kim Wilburn, who averages a league-leading 3.75 steals per Big Ten game, almost one better than the second-ranked players.

In the last two games, the Buckeyes have picked off 25 steals compared to Wisconsin and Michigan State’s combination of seven swipes.

The Ohio State-Minnesota matchup should be an interesting one considering that the Buckeyes are holding opponents to a league-leading 56.6 points in all games and the Gophers hold the top spot in the scoring offense category with 80.2 tallies per game.

Senior Courtney Coleman is ranked third in the Big Ten with 3.26 offensive boards an outing. The 6-1 forward moved to seventh overall on the Buckeye career records list with 705 total boards after collecting four caroms at Michigan State Thursday night.

Making a name for herself in the steals category this season, freshman Kim Wilburn is now showing her offensive side. The Southfield, Mich., native went 8-for 10 and upped her career-high mark for points with 18 against then-No. 15/16 Minnesota Feb. 6. Her previous best offensive performance was 15 points against Illinois Jan. 23 off a 7-for-11 night from the field. The rookie Buckeye point guard is averaging 6.1 points per game.

Three of freshman Kim Wilburn’s career-best 18 points against then-No. 15/16 Minnesota Feb. 6 came at the buzzer before the half when she nailed her first 3-pointer while wearing the Scarlet and Gray. Her trey brought the Buckeyes to within four points at the midway mark and Ohio State eventually captured the victory over the Gophers 66-58.

Sophomore Ashley Allen earned a career-best five steals in the Buckeyes’ 66-58 victory over then-No. 15/16 Minnesota Feb. 6. Allen’s previous high was three swipes, which she had earned three different times, including the last time against Austin Peay in Value City Arena Dec. 29, 2002.

Ohio State’s +3.9 rebounding margin is ranked third in the league. Minnesota is ranked right behind the Buckeyes with a +3.5 average. Both of the squads could be affected by the absence of two starters. Six-foot-three-inch Buckeye forward LaToya Turner broke her arm in the Feb. 6 game vs. Minnesota and Minnesota’s Janel McCarville missed the Northwestern game after suffering a concussion vs. Indiana Feb. 9 .

In conference games, sophomore Ashley Allen ranks second with a 1.72 assist-to-turnover ratio. Allen has racked up 91 total assists in 23 games this season compared to her freshman campaign, when she earned 53 total assists in 29 contests.

Ohio State is shooting .384 (124-323) from behind the 3-point line this season. The percentage ranks second among Big Ten schools. Sophomore Caity Matter, who is ranked fifth with 16.1 points per game, is largely responsible for the Buckeyes’ hot hand from downtown. She leads the league in treys made per game (3.48) and shooting percentage from behind the arc (.482 – 80-166).

Additionally, in conference games, Matter is one of two players that hits over half of the 3-pointers she attempts. Matter is ranked second in conference contests, with a .515 (50-97) shooting average from 3-point territory. Minnesota’s Corrin Von Wald is at the top of the conference 3-point shooting list with a .636 (21-33) stroke.

In the category of shots nailed from beyond the arc during conference contests, Matter’s 4.17 mark is more than one better than Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante, who is ranked second, drains per outing.

Matter’s contributions are not too surprising considering she currently holds the top spot in 3-point percentage among the Buckeye career record books with an overall .456 (98-215) stroke.

Ohio State, who began with a bit of a struggle in the turnover category, has traded in their turnover woes for a second-place turnover margin ranking in the conference games with a +4.00 mark. The Buckeye are averaging 16.0 turnovers an outing and forcing Big Ten teams to give up the ball 20.0 times per contest.

Junior Erika Christenson had a career afternoon vs. Wisconsin Feb. 9 with four points and three rebounds in 16 minutes of play. The 6-4 center has seen more playing time lately due to the absence of junior LaToya Turner, who went down with a broken arm against Minnesota Feb. 6.

While junior LaToya Turner averaged 1.57 rejected shots an outing, which ranked third among Big Ten leaders before she broke her arm Feb. 6 vs. Minnesota, and senior D’wan Shackleford has 13 blocked shots on the season, the smaller Buckeyes are stepping up to swat stuff as well.

Sophomore Ashley Allen, who stands at five-feet-nine-inches tall, has recorded a blocked shots in six games this season and 5-6 freshman Kim Wilburn has five blocked shots to her name as a Buckeye. Sophomore Caity Matter earned her first career blocked shot against the Badgers Feb. 9.

Freshman Kim Wilburn has proven she belongs at the point of the Ohio State offense with a 1.66 assist-to-turnover ratio in 23 games, including 18 starts, for the Buckeyes. Her ratio is ranked third among league leaders.

Sophomore Caity Matter and senior DiDi Reynolds are tied for fifth place in the Ohio State career records list with 98 total 3-pointers made.

Sophomore Caity Matter earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her performances at Wisconsin (Jan. 16) and at Northwestern (Jan. 19). Matter was a combined 12-for-21 (.571) from behind the 3-point line, averaged 25.0 points, 5.5 boards and had only one turnover in a total 63 minutes of play. Matter’s award marked the first time since Nov. 20, 2000, that an Ohio State player was named Big Ten Player of the Week when teammate LaToya Turner earned the honor as a freshman.

Some notes about the Buckeye’s 17-6 record:

The Buckeyes’ 17-6 start is the best since the 1992-93 season,when Ohio State went 20-3 in the first 23 games of the year. Sincethe NCAA began keeping statistics during the 1981-82 season, JimFoster’s 17-6 record is the best start for a first-year head coachsince Nancy Darsch went 18-5 in 1985-86 in her first 23 gamesduring her first season at the helm of the Buckeye program. TheBuckeyes’ 8-4 Big Ten record is the best conference beginning foran Ohio State team since the 1998-99 season when the team was also8-4 12 games into the Big Ten portion of their schedule. The lasttime an Ohio State team was 12-0 at home was during the 1992-93season.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 3-2 vs. ranked teams this season. Ohio State beat No. 15/16 Minnesota, 66-58, (Feb. 6), captured a win over then-No. 17/18 Texas, 70-66, Jan. 5 in St. John Arena, and was victorious over then-No. 19/24 Arizona (84-65) Dec. 15 in Value City Arena. The squad fell at No. 14/15 Penn State Jan. 30 (68-53) and at No. 9/10 Purdue (67-62) Feb. 2.

Senior DiDi Reynolds is an impressive 24-25 from the free-throw line this season.

The Bascom, Ohio, native has steadily improved over her four years. As a freshman, the shooting guard shot .688 (11-16), her second season she was .765 (26-34) from the charity stripe and last year, she was .841 (37-44) from the line.

In addition to DiDi Reynolds, sophomore Caity Matter is also a nearly flawless 33-36 on the year from the charity stripe. Her freshman year (2000-01), the Bluffton, Ohio, native was 22-for-25 from the line and ended the year with eight consecutive makes from the line, which extended her total consecutive free-throws made to 31 until she missed the last free throw she took against Michigan State Jan. 9.

Matter missed a stretch of 16 games her freshman campaign due to injury and came back to help the Buckeyes capture the 2001 WNIT Championship. She redshirted last season after she fractured her third metatarsal during a Nov. 11 practice.

In the 82-74 victory over Illinois Jan. 23, Ohio State relied on the even scoring force of five Buckeyes notching double-figures for the first time this season. Senior Courtney Coleman, sophomore Caity Matter, freshman Kim Wilburn, sophomore Ashley Allen and junior LaToya Turner scored 18, 16, 15, 10 and 10 points, respectively.

In two consecutive games at Northwestern (Jan. 16) and vs. Illinois (Jan. 23), senior forward Courtney Coleman did not miss a field goal. She was 5-for-5 in Evanston and 7-for-7 against the Illini.

Ohio State’s attendance of 6,389 against Iowa in Value City Arena Jan. 26 shattered the season-high mark for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is averaging 3,202 people at all games, 3,179 in Columbus and 3,544 on the road.

Sophomore Caity Matter, who has a total of 80 3-pointers 23 games into her sophomore season, has earned the record for the most 3-pointers drained by a sophomore in Ohio State history. Former teammate Lauren Shenk held the previous record with 51 shots hit beyond the arc during her sophomore campaign in 1999-00.

Sophomore Caity Matter was unstoppable behind the 3-point line at Wisconsin. She scored 27 points and nailed seven treys. Seven makes from downtown ties the school single-game record, which is held by former All-American Katie Smith.

Two times this season the Buckeyes have accomplished something that no member of the team had ever experienced before. The team’s road win at Wisconsin (57-42) Jan. 16 and the 82-74 victory over Illinois Jan. 23 was a first for this set of Buckeyes. No member of the current Ohio State team had previously earned a victory in Madison or a victory over Illinois – home or away.

Sophomore Caity Matter has made her way into Ohio State history in only 40 games wearing Scarlet and Gray. During the 2000-01 season, Matter was a starter until an injury caused her to miss a stretch of 16 games. She averaged 6.4 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field, 37 percent from three-point range and 88 percent from the free-throw line.

After fracturing her third metatarsal in her left foot during practice Nov. 11, 2001, Matter was granted a medical redshirt for the 2001-02 season.

Lauren Shenk, a former women’s basketball player at Ohio State, has been named the 2003 Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award recipient by The University & Northwest Sertoma Club of Columbus. The Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award is given to the outstanding man and woman in each of the three collegiate divisions for demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics and community service. Shenk, a standout on the Ohio State squad from 1999-02, is the first women from Ohio State to win the award. Previous Buckeye award winners are football players Robert Hoying (1996) and Greg Smith (1993).

Shenk became the 20th member of the Ohio State 1,000-point scoring club with a 16-point effort against the University of Michigan Jan. 10, 2002. Shenk, who began studies last autumn at the OSU College of Medicine, was a 2002 Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist, a two-time Verizon/CoSIDA Women’s Basketball District IV Academic All-American, a GTE/CoSIDA Women’s Basketball District IV Academic All-American, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete.

The Buckeyes were 5-0 against French and Swiss opponents during their 12-day tour through Europe. While abroad, the Buckeyes held a 28-point scoring margin of victory, averaged 74.4 points per game and held opponents to 45.8 points per contest on their way to an undefeated record overseas.

Courtney Coleman and LaToya Turner paced the Buckeyes abroad with an average of 15.6 and 14.6 points an outing, respectively. Sophomore Ashley Allen showed her versatility by running the point, dishing out assists and averaging 8.6 points per game, including a 16-point effort against Martigny (Switzerland). Allen also earned five assists, four steals and two rebounds in the Martigny victory.

Senior Courtney Coleman was named the captain for the Ohio State women’s basketball team this season. The senior forward has made her mark on the Ohio State record books and is leading the nation in field-goal percentage.

Senior Courtney Coleman was named to the Coors Classic all-tournament team. Coleman was solid offensively for Jim Foster’s Buckeyes by scoring 17 and 18 points against Villanova (Nov. 29) and Hartford (Nov. 30), respectively. The two-time second team all-Big Ten selection shot 16-for-18 from the field, was 3-for-4 from the free-throw line and collected 10 rebounds over the two nights. This was Coleman’s fourth time in as many events to be named to the all-tournament team. Coleman was a member of the Great Alaska Shootout, WNIT and Women’s Sports Foundation Classic all-tournament teams.

Junior Emily Haynam became a two-sport athlete when she joined the OSU soccer team as a goalkeeper last spring. Haynam was successful on the soccer field and garnered Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her shutout performances at Wisconsin (Oct. 18) and at Minnesota (Oct. 20). The Buckeye soccer team was defeated by Notre Dame, 3-1, in the first round of the program’s inaugural trip to the NCAA Tournament and went 10-11-1 for the season. Ohio State was 6-3 with Haynam in goal.

Unfortunately, the European trip came at a cost as sophomore Charisse Crews suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in her right knee while competing abroad with the Buckeyes during their trip through Europe. Crews went down Aug. 30 in Montreux, Switzerland, against Martigny (OSU’s third game of the trip) during the third quarter after scoring seven points that night. Crews underwent surgery in September and is out indefinitely.

Three Buckeye players return to the hardwood after being granted medical redshirts for the 2001-02 season – junior LaToya Turner, sophomore Caity Matter and freshman Brandee Gibbs. Additionally, junior Tanya McClure was granted a medical redshirt for the 2000-01 season and was injured the majority of the 2001-02 season.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team (17-6; 8-4 Big Ten) fell to Michigan State (14-8; 7-4 Big Ten), 65-64, in the final seconds Feb. 13 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. Despite recovering from a 20-point deficit and holding the Spartans to without a field goal for nearly eight minutes in the second half, Michigan State’s Liz Shimek hit a bucket in the lane with eight ticks left on the clock to seal the victory. Sophomore Caity Matter led the Buckeyes with 22 points and freshman Kim Wilburn distributed nine assists, earned three steals and had only two turnovers.

After being down 20 (49-29) points with 13:47 to go after a three-point play by Michigan State’s Kelli Roehrig, Ohio State went on a 33-10 scoring run over the next 11 minutes to take a three-point lead (62-59), their largest and only advantage of the game. The streak began with three consecutive Matter shots from downtown and five points from senior Courtney Coleman. Senior DiDi Reynolds continued the Buckeye’s sharp shooting from behind the arc with a shot that brought Ohio State to within three points and Matter hit yet another trey after MSU’s Syreeta Bromfield nailed two free-throws to bring the Buckeyes to within two points. Senior D’wan Shackleford hit a bucket under the basket to tie the game at 57 and Reynolds nailed her second three of the night to capture a three-point lead (62-59) with 2:34 left on the game clock.

Spartan Kristin Haynie made a shot to pull her squad to within one point (62-61) and Roehrig contributed to her perfect night from the line by sinking two of her seven total free throws, which sent the Spartans up 63-62 with 1:27 to go. Matter banked in a 2-point shot from the wing with 35 seconds left prior to Shimek’s game-winning field goal. The Buckeyes has a chance at the end with an Ashley Allen 3-point attempt that hit the rim, but was off target.

Michigan State dominated the first half of play with an inside-outside combination of Lindsay Bowen, who was 4-of-6 from the 3-point line for a total of 12 points, and Roehrig, who also scored 12 points off a 5-for-7 performance under the bucket. Matter and Wilburn led the Buckeyes with eight and six tallies, respectively. The Spartans were a force to reckon with on the boards by outrebounding the Buckeyes 21-12 in the initial 20 minutes.

Following a first half without a shot, Coleman added 11 points (3-4) for the night, including a 5-for-6 effort from the charity stripe. Reynolds earned 10 tallies for Ohio State.

Roehrig, a 6-4 sophomore, scored 25 points and grabbed a game-high nine boards; Bowen scored 16 points for MSU. The Spartans were a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line and outrebounded the Buckeyes on the boards 34-26.