Feb 9, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 25 Ohio State women’s basketball team (17-5; 8-3 Big Ten) beat Wisconsin (6-16; 4-7 Big Ten), 63-40, today in front of a 6,257 people in Value City Arena. Sophomore Caity Matter went 5-for-10 from behind the 3-point arc for a total of 17 points and senior Courtney Coleman earned 16 points and nine boards against the Badgers.

Matter opened the second half with two quick 3-pointers and Coleman hit a layup to send Ohio State up by 20 points (40-20) with 17:21 to play. However, the Badgers would not back down and went on an 11-0 scoring run to bring UW to within nine points (40-31) with 13:22 left on the game clock. After a Badger score by Kristi Seeger and a shot by Ohio State senior D’wan Shackleford, Matter answered with a layup and two consecutive makes from beyond the arc to extend the OSU lead to 17 (50-33) with 8:15 left. The Buckeyes never looked back and did not lead by less than 16 points the final eight minutes.

While Wisconsin led by as many as five points twice in the first seven minutes of the game, Ohio State turned on a 16-0 run over approximately six minutes of action, beginning with a Wilburn jumper at the 13:25 mark. Senior DiDi Reynolds and Matter hit back-to-back treys in the middle of Ohio State’s surge and a Coleman layup capped the scoring sequence with 8:15 to go in the first half. The Buckeyes went into the locker room with a 32-17 advantage.

The Buckeyes outscored the Badgers, 38-24, in the paint despite facing a six-foot-seven inch center in Wisconsin’s Lello Gebisa and two Badger forwards, standing at six-foot-five-inches (Emily Ashbaugh) and six-foot-three-inches (Ebba Gebisa). Moreover, the Buckeyes were without the help of six-foot-three-inch forward/center LaToya Turner, who was sidelined four-to-six weeks with a broken left arm suffered during the Feb. 6 Minnesota game. Coleman, who is 6-1, lead the game with nine boards and found help in six-foot-four-inch junior Erika Christenson, who had a career game as a Buckeye with 16 minutes of play, four points and three boards. The Buckeyes shot 51 percent from the field (26-51) compared to Wisconsin’s 36 percent (17-47) and made 35 percent of the shots they took from downtown (6-17) compared to the Badgers’ 12 percent mark (2-17). Additionally, Ohio State was 83 percent (5-6) from the charity stripe and Wisconsin made half of the free throws they attempted (4-8).

Ohio State forced 26 Wisconsin turnovers, 14 due to Buckeye steals, which translated into Ohio State converting 28 points off turnovers, while Wisconsin only managed 14 tallies off turnovers. Additionally. Ohio State outscored Wisconsin 15-2 in the category of fast-break points, due mainly to an even steal effort led by Shackleford (3), Wilburn (3), sophomore Ashley Allen (2) and Matter (2).

Shackleford and Wilburn each scored eight points, Reynolds added five points and Allen notched four scores.

Ashbaugh led Wisconsin with 11 points. Badgers Ashbaugh, Seeger and Jordan Wilson each grabbed six boards.

The Buckeyes begin a three-game road swing against Michigan State at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Jack Breslin Students Event Center.